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Big Shoulders Coffee

Photograph: Martha Williams
Big Shoulders coffee
West Town

Tim Coonan, a 15-year home roaster, marries the efficiency of second-wave coffee (e.g., Starbucks) with the clean design and small-scale ethos of the third wave (e.g., Intelligentsia) at this corner coffee bar. He caters to Blue Line commuters with $2 “fast coffee” (available in a self-serve drip machine) and to laptop lingerers with “slow coffee” (pour-over) and espresso drinks (plus a spartan few pastries from Cheap Tart Bakery). Fast or slow, every cup in the sunny, minimalist setting is made from beans Coonan roasts on site.

Venue name: Big Shoulders Coffee
Address: 1105 W Chicago Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between Milwaukee Ave and May St
Venue phone: 312-888-3042
Website: http://bigshoulderscoffee.com
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 6am–7pm; Sat, Sun 7:30am–5pm
Transport: El stop: Blue to Chicago. Bus: 56, 66.
Price: Average cup of coffee: $2
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