I hate the American western style of burnt roasted dark coffees, always have. Even when I lived in Seattle I thought they sucked. But what I really hate is what these corporate American places have come to symbolize as well; corporate domination (i.e. yet another chain restaurant), really bad taste, high prices and snobby “baristas” with tip jars. Not to mention a vile yuppie language called "Starbuckian" that all the good little “Bucks” followers seem to speak so fluently with words like; vente mocha latte; no soy frappachino blah, blah, blah... What ever happened to; “hey Mac, gimme a large black coffee, please”??
So I work downtown, and live in Gurnee, on my 50+ mile daily commute I must pass at least 10 Starbucks, several Dunkin Doughnuts and few oddball Caribou’s and then maybe an occasional Seattle’s Best, but what I don’t pass is a really good Euro coffee house!
So the question is this, where, in all of Chicagoland is there a true European style coffeehouse? And is there anything downtown?
Oh, and before anyone fires over some suggestions (or dings me for picking on the gods of American coffee), here is my personal preference; I mail order Gevalia since I prefer the European coffees, I typically find them to be more delicately crafted and full flavored like a good wine, as opposed to the ever so popular burnt roasted and thin flavored coffees like a “Bucks” which I equate to a can of cheap lite beer.