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These breakfast spots brew a mean cup of joe.

It’s essential to any morning meal, but few breakfast spots brew a cup of joe worth celebrating. That is, except for these places:

1. Walker Bros.(locations suburbs-wide, walkerbros.net; $2.40) In our opinion, the rich Kona blend at this suburban chain tastes better than anything else on the menu.

2. Riverside Deli(1656 W Cortland St, 773-278-3354; $1.75) The best part about this full-flavored cup is that it arrives almost immediately, giving you fuel to tackle the enormous menu.

3. Victory’s Banner(2100 W Roscoe St, 773-665-0227; $2.25) The dark-roasted beans that Evanston’s Casteel Coffee blends for this café help explain why the staff here is at such peace.

4. Vella Cafe(1912 N Western Ave, 773-489-7777; $2.25) This house blend from Intelligentsia is rich and dark, a purposeful foil to Vella’s light and airy crêpes.

5. Milk & Honey(1920 W Division St, 773-395-9434; $2.15) Another Intelligentsia blend. Intell swears each one is different, and maybe they are. But we suspect M&H simply knows how to brew a perfect cup.

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