Jul 31, 2013

Intelligentsia Coffee...Hype?

I'm impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype,
 New York is talk, Chicago is work.
If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning...

Everyone knows about Starbucks Coffee, but I not sure many know about Intelligentsia Coffee.
Here the making of coffee is more like a work of art.  It's a creation.
Maybe just hype?  Coffee is an "in" thing and it seems like if
you get it from one of these name places you are definitely in.  Hmmm....

In October of 1995 Doug Zell and Emily Mange left San Francisco to open an in-store 
coffee roaster-retailer on Broadway Avenue on the north side of Chicago. 
Since then Intelligentsia has evolved considerably.

Intelligentsia now has three cities it calls home: Chicago—a city that is brooding, practical 
and reluctantly beautiful; Los Angeles—a city that views creativity as a birthright, 
is immensely vast, decidedly impractical and equally messy and marvelous; 
and New York—a city of paradoxes.

When I first tried the coffee I was pretty amazed to see how they made it.
I will say it took longer to get it than it does at Starbucks.  Where Starbucks' 
Coffee is already made and sitting waiting to be poured, here the coffee is
prepared individually as you wait and the preparation of it is very involved.
They make it one cup at a time.  

The lines are unbelievably, but even so people are 
waiting.  Look at me.   I waited also.  I always thought Starbucks was the priciest, 
but Intelligentsia is.  Today was my second visit for this summer.  As usual it was
an enjoyable experience just to see the process.  

Another last for me for this summer.  Time is winding down and still 
many things we would like to see before we leave.  So far these last few 
days we been to House of Blues, a few favorite restaurants, duckie feeding,
Navy Pier (where we had to have our ice-cream) and more.  

Also a lot of work trying to get the last items out.
Unfortunately the bar is way to big for most, so we ended up giving 
it to a man in our building who has been kind to us from day one.
Both Arvid and I feel good about this.

Life is not lived in the past, neither is it lived wandering in future.
 Life is for today, and it is today. Live it, love it, see it, 
and show how capable you are of everything you wish to achieve. 
Good Morning and have a beautiful day ahead. Have fun...