Americans drink bad coffee, but we're starting to drink better coffee. That's the message behind the Tribune's feature on coffee and Chicago area roasters.
You don't have to be chained to a cup of Folger's if you happen to live in the U.S. and the article gives you some good places to start.
From the article:
Here is a partial list of the area's coffee roasters.
Caffe Italia, 2625 N. Harlem Ave., 773-889-0455
Casteel Coffee, 2924 Central St., Evanston, 847-733-1187, casteelcoffee.com
Coffeemaria.com, Addison, 630-768-2043 (mail-order only)
Freedom Coffee Roasters, 2950 W. Carroll Ave., 773-826-3472 and freedomcoffee.com. Sold by mail-order and at Whole Foods Markets and Atomix Cafe, 1957 W. Chicago Ave., 312-666-2649.
Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters, 3123 N. Broadway, 773-348-8058; 53 W. Jackson St., 312-253-0594; intelligentsiacoffee.com
Metropolis Coffee Co., 1039 W. Granville Ave., 773-764-0400
Newport Coffee House, 1121 Half Day Rd., Bannockburn, 847-940-7134
PapaNicholas Coffee, 1211 Lyon Rd., Batavia, 630-406-1100, papanicholas.com. Sold by mail-order, available in many area supermarkets.
Stewarts Private Blend Coffee, 4110 W. Wrightwood Ave., 773-489-2500 and stewarts.com and sold in many area supermarkets.