Best Barista

I’m relatively new to the “sport” of coffee drinking. I like a cup or two in the morning and after that I’ve pretty much had my fill. I know lots of people take it more seriously than I do, and one of them is Chicago’s own Matt Riddle from Intelligentsia who is the reigning United States Barista Champion.

That aside, I’d like to ask coffee drinkers that are a little more serious than me, where are you going for coffee these days? Are you making it at home (if so, which brand do you buy?) or freshly brewed at a coffee shop?

7 Comments so far

  1. quack (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    French Market FTW. Run it through a 2-serving stove top espresso maker and mix with a cup scalded (not steamed, dammit!) milk.

    If I ever win the lottery, I’m opening a Cafe Du Monde in Chicago.


  2. Fuzzy (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 11:49 am

    At home: Peet’s Major Dickerson blend in a French press
    On the way to work: Metropolis
    At work: the horrible sludge in the breakroom


  3. Goose (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    I drink Costco coffee at home, which is actually really good coffee and most of the time comes freshly roasted and still piping hot. It’s like 7 or 8 bucks for 2 pounds or something.


  4. jerry 101 (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    I drink Intelligensia coffees, black. I typically buy a coupla pounds at the store to make at home (personal fave: Trotter’s Blend), or I stop at the cafe in my building that serves Intelligensia coffees.

    Intelligensia is the best and worth the extra cost.

    I’ll drink other things, when I have few options. Pretty much the only thing I try to avoid are canned coffees – Folgers, Maxwell House, etc


  5. steven (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

    We buy the orange-infused coffee from Orange on Clark. Sounds funky, but damn it is good.


  6. regina (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

    I have been loyal to Illy coffee for years. Made in my ancient Saeco espresso machine and enjoyed on my back porch or while walking my dog. It’s my favorite way to start my morning.


  7. Chicago 2016 (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 10:16 am

    It was an awesome piece, and I highly recommend the Intelligentsia tour for anyone who hasn’t yet been.



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