one of my favorite parts (and there were many – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) of our trip to chicago was our 15 minutes spent in reflection over a cup of brew at intelligentsia. there are coffee geeks and then there is intelligentsia. they take it to the next level. even at one of their busiest locations just off michigan ave. near the millenium park they manage to preserve the sanctity of their brewing processes. they pay as much attention to pulling an espresso as they do to brewing the perfect drip.
chubs and i had a great time just sitting by their amazing coffee bar watching the baristas bustling around making coffee after coffee. each one brewed to perfection. at one point we were quite stunned to see what seemed to be a perfectly good cappuccino dumped out because the barista didnt deem it good enough.