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Ipsento coffee

The new owners of this neighborhood coffee shop seem to have ambitions far larger than the tiny (and seemingly unfinished) space would imply. Baristas are superfriendly, direct-trade coffee is roasted in-house, and sandwiches are named after storytellers. Options like the Garrison Keillor (turkey, cheddar, avocado, apple and honey mustard on wheat) are basic and straightforward, as are the lattes, but the genuine warmth of the place is more uncommon.

Venue name: Ipsento
Address: 2035 N Western Ave

Cross street: at Dickens Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 6:30am–10pm; Sat 7am–10pm; Sun 8am–8pm
Transport: El stop: Blue to Western. Bus: 49, 56, 73.
Price: Average sandwich: $6
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Madeline Wolfson

I live right by Ipsento and have been a longtime fan of their perfectly crafted lattes that are so dang silky and drool inducingly delicious. The Nutella latte is pure sin, and I’m still haunted by the memory of a dark chocolate basil mocha I had over a year ago. But the best thing on the menu is the titular latte. I avoided it for a year based on its strange ingredients, don’t make that mistake. It’s coconut milk, honey and cayenne pepper blends perfectly with the espresso and is hands down the best latte I’ve ever had. 

Lisa White

A cute (yet super tiny) local coffee roaster that serves up some truly creative drinks. Their house option, the Ipsento, combines coconut milk and cayenne for a creamy sweet drink with a bit of lingering heat. During the fall their pumpkin latte has real pumpkin puree in it too! Not a good spot for sitting on your laptop for hours since it's small but great place to grab coffee or linger on their front patio.