Got Coffee? Intelligentsia in Chicago does!

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.


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