Have you ever learned a new word and then heard it over and over and over and over soon after? It has been like that with Intelligentsia Coffee. I saw it at Eggy's, and then I saw it at Suzette's Creperie, and then I saw it on Randolph Street as a store front. So I figured that it was time for me to research this local company a little.
Now, I am to coffee as a wine drinker is to White Zinfandel. A newbie. I have only been drinking coffee for about 3 years. I tried. Believe me I tried. I thought I was supposed to drink coffee in college, and then I thought I was supposed to drink it when I got my first job...but it was all I could do not to wipe off my tongue and gag... GAK! ACHE! Ptewee!
I just didn't like it. Not coffee candy or coffee ice cream. (I like coffee cake, but that name is just a big fat lie, because coffee cake does NOT taste like coffee at all.)
I was in California a few Novembers ago and naively packed shorts and tank tops thinking that it was actually warm in California...and it was 35 degrees. I could not get warm and I didn't want to just drink hot chocolate so I bit the bullet. I ordered a half and half. Half hot chocolate, half coffee. I am still a wienie about it, but do actually like the taste of it now. Only Mochas for me though.
Now the smell of coffee is another thing. I LOVE THE SMELL OF COFFEE. I love to walk into a coffee shop and come out smelling like coffee. So I scheduled a tour of the roasting plant on Fulton Street, located just a few minutes north of the United Center. The tour was reasonably priced ($20) and you get to drink all the coffee you want AND you get a take home bag of roasted coffee from the batch you just finished watching. They give tours the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 and 12:30 am.