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Sawada Coffee

Restaurants, Coffee shops West Loop
5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
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Photograph: Galdones PhotographyMilitary Latte
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Photograph: Jaclyn RivasSawada Coffee Shop
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Photograph: Jaclyn RivasSawada Coffee Shop
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Photograph: Jaclyn RivasSawada Coffee Shop
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Photograph: Galdones PhotographyCoffee Latte at Sawada

Time Out says

Brendan Sodikoff already proved that he can serve great coffee and pastries (see: Doughnut Vault, C.C. Ferns); now, he's teamed up with Japanese latte artist Hiroshi Sawada to open this new cafe within Green Street Smoked Meats. Enter off Green Street and you'll find yourself in the front of the barbecue restaurant—that gives it an odd vibe, though the space is clearly delineated and really, you're there for the coffee anyway.

The main attraction is the military latte, Sawada's signature drink that's visually stunning and quite strong. It's roasty from espresso, slightly bitter from the green tea and warmed with gentle notes of white chocolate. Pair it with a camouflage doughnut from Doughnut Vault, which matches the latte with drizzles of chocolate and matcha. The rest of the offerings include straightforward espresso drinks, plus spiked options like shochu and iced coffee or Benedictine and chai. The cafe is open till 4pm, so consider it your evening starting point.


Address: 112 N Green St
Transport: El stop: Green, Pink to Morgan-Lake. Bus: 8, 20.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

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I wouldnt say this is a great place to work, but it IS a great meeting space to catch up with someone over SOME OF THE BEST COFFEE YOU"VE EVER HAD. The military latte and the matcha are both so dope, and made with such impeccable precision, you'll feel like you are in Japan for a second. Really funky vibe too, and lots of open seating since you can use some of the picnic tables in Green Street Smoked Meats if you want. Plus the window seats make for some beautiful people watching - literally - because the people that go in and out of Soho are beautiful. 


My favorite coffee joint in the West Loop! The winner is the Military Latte, which includes matcha and espresso. They also offer an array of pastries and donuts from The Donut Vault. It shares space with Green Street Meats so I would definitely recommend stopping by for food and ending it with some high quality coffee. The decor inside is absolutely gorgeous/Instagram worthy so I recommend to everyone I know to give this place a try!


Brendan Sodikoff never disappoints. Every concept of his I've been to, I've been blown away. I'm not a fan of coffee at all, but I got the iced Benedictine Chai and my girlfriend go the military latte which is matcha, vanilla, cocoa, and espresso. Definitely will go back to try all of their drinks. 

Welcome to Sawada Coffee -- when all you need is #love and a good cup of #coffee. If you love #Matcha and you love #Americano, then this taste will be heaven for you. Also, a cool place to pretend to be an Asian hipster.