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APR-MAY 2018

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approach to coffee without being too esoteric: Its website features photos of baristas in lab coats brewing coffee on the street for con- fused-but-interested passersby. If you want to do a coffee bang-bang (two coffees back-to-back at two different loca- tions), stroll down the street to either Damn Fine Coffee Bar or Gaslight Coffee Roasters, both less than a mile down the street. Damn Fine serves up tasty shots of coffee from Metric, and Gaslight has been roasting coffee and serving ambitious breakfast and lunch treats since 2012. (A piece of trivia for you: Gaslight's owner, Zak Rye, was featured on the cover of the February + March 2009 issue of Barista Magazine, back when he owned The Ugly Mug in Ypsilanti, Mich.) If Gaslight is full (which, if it's the weekend, it will be), sneak into Estereo—it's not technically a coffee shop, but with a Modbar and coffee from Dark Matter, the cocktail bar with a Latin spirit is sure to make you something tasty (with or without alcohol, whatever you decide). C O F F E E I N T H E N E I G H B O R H O O D Chicago is unequivocally a city of neighbor- hoods, and residents of a neighborhood are committed to their communities. Although Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States, it doesn't function like New York, where you can put a coffee shop on any corner and fi nd success, or Los Angeles, where hav- ing a car is expected. Most folks wander into Le : Hiroshi Sawada, a superstar barista from Tokyo, joined forces with the team behind Hogsalt Hospitality to create Sawada Coff ee in the West Loop. The grungy, industrial space welcomed a endees of Coff ee Fest Chicago in June 2017 for a la e art throwdown. Photo by Sarah Allen. Right: Back of the Yards Coff ee roasts and serves coff ee in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago. Co-owners Mayra Hernandez and Jesse Iñiguez launched the roastery on Kickstarter, and pledge a dollar for every bag of beans sold to farmers in Mexico. Their goal was to enrich their community on both ends of the supply chain. Photo courtesy of Back of the Yards Coff ee. 38 barista magazine

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