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  1. Photograph: Stephanie Anderson
    Photograph: Stephanie Anderson

    Best Local Coffee Roaster winner: Intelligentsia

  2. Photograph: Martha Williams
    Photograph: Martha Williams

    Best Local Coffee Roaster nominee: Asado Coffee

  3. Photograph: Jeremy Bolen
    Photograph: Jeremy Bolen

    Best Local Coffee Roaster nominee: Bridgeport Coffee Co.

  4. Best Local Coffee Roaster nominee: Dark Matter

  5. Photograph: Tony Dreyfuss
    Photograph: Tony Dreyfuss

    Best Local Coffee Roaster nominee: Metropolis

Best Local Coffee Roaster | Eat Out Awards 2011



They brew a mean pour-over cup. They pull a fine shot. They even offer a glass of sparkling water with your espresso macchiato—without you having to ask. Of course, Intelligentsia’s reach extends far beyond its three Chicago coffee bars. Independent cafés all over the city (and beyond) serve its caramel-imbued Black Cat espresso, and coffee aficionados buy up the seasonal, single-origin beans for home brewing. But Intelligentsia may be a fan favorite for a far more powerful reason: The company has proven that by focusing on quality, a local roaster can hold its own, even thrive, in a Starbucks world. 3123 N Broadway (773-348-8058); 53 E Randolph St (312-920-9332); 53 W Jackson Blvd (312-253-0594).

Other nominees Asado Coffee Co., Bridgeport Coffee Co., Dark Matter, Metropolis

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