5 Coffee Roasters in Chicago You Must Try

Everyone loves their coffee, but a cup of freshly brewed coffee is in a ballpark of its own. Once you’ve taken that first sip of a freshly brewed cuppa joe, it’s impossible to settle for anything less.

Not convinced? A visit to these local roasters may change your mind!

Intelligentsia Coffee
53 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

The coffee roaster that started it all, Intelligentsia Coffee brewed its first few cups of coffee in Chicago in 1995. Twenty one years and over 10 branches and training labs (including ones in New York, Boston and Los Angeles) later, Intelligentsia Coffee still adheres to the same principles as it did when they started. What sets Intelligentsia apart from its contemporaries is their passion for the beans and for the craft. They work directly with farmers from all over the world to produce limited quantities of coffee, depending on what’s in season.

Passion House Coffee Roasters
2021 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612

Opening in 2011, this relative newcomer quickly became a favorite by the coffee connoisseur community for having the lightest tasting coffee. If you don’t like burnt tasting beans, this is the place for you! Passion House is not a coffee shop where you can sit to kill a few hours, but a real deal coffee roaster. If you want to drop by for a visit, give them a call beforehand. Don’t worry, owner Joshua Millman will personally ensure a pleasant visit.

Groundswell Coffee Roasters
4839 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

In the quaint neighborhood of Ravenswood sits Groundswell Coffee Roasters, which first set up shop in 2015. Small batches are roasted in-house everyday to ensure you get only the best and freshest coffee. A crowd favorite is the vanilla latte, which is extra smooth and creamy, and goes well with their selection of paninis.

Asado Coffee Roasters
363 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654

If Intelligentsia established the local coffee roaster scene the city, Asado made the under the radar, third wave coffee craze known. Since opening in 2009, there have been 3 branches all over the city, with the latest one opening in the historic Pickwick building, tucked away on East Jackson. The secret for their fast growth, great tasting coffee, and cult following lies in owner Kevin Ashtari’s brew. He uses a variety of methods and a Japanese machine called The Mirage, which he claims is the Holy Grail of machines in the coffee world.

Dark Matter Coffee
738 North Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

The quirky, alternative doesn’t-feel-like-a-coffee-shop ambience in their branches (Starlounge, Osmium & Meddle, the newest one on Jackson) may lure you in, but to be sure, their coffee is what will make you stay. The Mothership on Western is where all the magic happens, so if you’d like to see where your beans are roasted, you’re welcome to go in for a peek! Be warned, you likely won’t be coming out of the store empty handed; dozens of coffee beans varieties, pastries (to go well with that second cup!) and cool shirts/souvenirs in their signature graffiti style abound.

Have you tried any of these coffee roasters in Chicago? Let us know your favorites, especially if we forgot to include them on our list!

Author: Maddy Osman, an SEO Content Strategist who has a passion for blogging. Her lifestyle blog, ChicagoCheapAss, shows young adults how to find the best deals and values in Chicago!