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Business Thu Apr 02 2009

More Coffee Brewed to Order

On the heels of the hubbub over Intelligentsia's move to Clover-brewed coffee, Asado Coffee Co. opened quietly on Irving Park Road just west of Southport Avenue. The shop is also brewing coffee by the cup to order, but the method is more old school: Kevin, the owner and barista, pours hot water through a cone filter filled with coffee grounds roasted in house. The resulting 8-ounce cup is some of the best I've ever tasted - strong, but smooth, with no hint of burnt beans.

On my first visit, I had a cup of Ugandan coffee, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The second time I stopped in, Kevin was brewing Sumatran beans, which I liked even more for their deep, spicy, dark-chocolate and roasted nut flavors.

A cup is $2, and fresh-roasted whole beans go for $7 per half-pound. You can feel good about purchasing both because Kevin gets his beans from two direct trade groups who have relationships with the coffee farmers and pay fair wages.

I, for one, feel good knowing that my neighbors and I now have two great, new(ish) coffee shops -- Asado and Urban Cafe -- within a couple blocks of what used to be a dingy stretch of Irving Park Road.


christian / April 2, 2009 7:32 PM

I think they use a Chemex Coffee Maker, something that seems to be popping up all around Chicago. Intelligentsia has some for sale at its shops, The Coffee Studio uses them as well as Delicious Cafe, formally known as Stubbs.

Mike Gebert / April 2, 2009 9:05 PM

There's a third one not much further away, also doing the pour-into-a-cone thing: Del.ici.ous or however it's punctuated, on Lincoln not far from Irving.

christian / April 3, 2009 6:58 AM

They use a Chemex coffee brewer, Intellientsia has them for sale at its stores and the coffee studio as well. they seem to be popping up all over Chicago.

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