In the Albany Park post below is a little sideline about Starbucks, which leads to a discussion of Hayes coffee in OP.
As a former resident of OP, I was a fan of Hayes. The people there are very helpful, and informative. They have teas as well. (I prefer Todd & Holland in River Forest for loose leaf tea, great white teas.)
The Daily Grind Cyber Cafe in OP has a roaster as well. The coffee served at the Grind is usually quite good and the atmosphere, laidback, with a variety of people to watch. But the beans I took home never seemed that great. I'm not sure they are serving what they roast. I'd buy after the day they roasted, which was Thursday I think, hoping it would be great, but it wasn't anything special.
Which leads me to the quesion, who in the Chicago area does the best roasting of beans?
The best I've had is Intelligentsia, the Kenya and Guatemalan Antigua is outstanding. It all depends on your tastes; some may like their lighter roasts.
I have also ordered some coffee off the net from Coffeemaria.com, and it was very good. I noticed the address was Addison or Richton Park and a 630 phone #. But I don't know if there is a retail operation. They are also a good source for green beans.
Any other recommendations?
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