Saturday, October 29, 2011
Restaurant Recap: Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
As we may have mentioned, we celebrated our anniversary a couple weeks ago. We took a mini-vacation to Chicago, where we watched our favorite team trounce the Vikings, did a little shopping, and enjoyed the best coffee we've had outside Jamaica. It's good enough to have Zack walking a mile first thing in the morning for a cup of it. (If you know Zack, you know just how good this coffee is by the last statement).
Here's a little insight into Intelligentsia Coffee (taken directly from their webpage):
Intelligentsia Coffee's mission is to provide our customers, staff, and community with an unparalleled and complete coffee and tea experience in an environment steeped in understanding, knowledge, skill, service, and mutual respect.
Intelligentsia exists to provide both a fulfilling work environment for our employees and the highest quality products for our customers. Both goals are equally necessary to the success of our business.
It's a remarkable place. This trip, we ventured to the Monadnock location (above). Each cup of coffee is individually brewed by a barista. They've really turned the act of making coffee into an enjoyable experience.
We each got a Cafe Americano and a pastry, then a cup of their house blend coffee to go. The coffee is more expensive than you would find in a diner, but much cheaper than, say, a Seattle based coffee chain.
Intelligentsia's coffees are all seasonal, so you can be sure that the coffee you are drinking is the freshest, best coffee available at the time.
We have yet to make it to the Roasting Works in Chicago, where they have tours where they demonstrate the roasting process and then give you all the coffee you can drink. I'm sure we'll make it there someday.
We could probably go on and on about how great this place is. If you're a coffee or tea drinker, you'll love the experience of Intelligentsia. We give it four thumbs up!