There’s only one roast on the menu at Sputnik Coffee Company—a roaster and cafe based out of Back of the Yards—and it’s so good we’re willing to bet you won’t regret the lack of options. Made from a medium roast blend of Brazilian, Colombian and Indonesian beans, Sputnik’s singular coffee is smooth, fragrant and a little chocolatey, with a price point that’s far more approachable than most of its small-batch counterparts. Swing by the Back of the Yards cafe for a cup served in the shop’s signature bright red mugs, or look for bagged coffee at local independent grocery stores (they also sell a bottled cold brew, in case you prefer your coffee chilled).
The best coffee in Chicago offers so much more than a mere caffeine jolt. From community-centric neighborhood cafes to sleek third-wave joints serving pour-overs and coffee tonics, Chicago's coffee scene offers enough diversity to suit the needs of every java fiend. Grab a cup brewed by nationally-lauded roasters like Dark Matter Coffee and Intelligentsia, indulge your sweet tooth with creative flavored lattes or post up in a homey café with a book and linger awhile—in many cases, you can even pair your cup with pastries from some of the best bakeries in Chicago. Next time you're looking for things to do in Chicago, consider a caffeine-fueled field trip to the best coffee shops in Chicago.
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