Chicago! City of big shoulders, hog butcher to the world and...the next Portland? Oh, I wouldn't say such a thing. But maybe. A resolute coffee city, Chicago's craft-coffee cups have been dominated by big-fish local heroes Intelligentsia, and the more modestly-sized fish Metropolis Coffee Roasters, for more than a decade. But suddenly (did someone at the zoning department get paid off for the remainder of their term?) new artisan microroasters and roastery cafes are popping up like, well, I already said it. Portland.
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Looking for a new name to add to your coffee-roaster roster? We've got three great, small companies you should turn to for your next bag of beans.
If you think the pan-shaped state is all Sonic drive-ins and Dr Pepper, allow us to introduce you to the brains behind some quality beans, deep in America's Heartland: Elemental Coffee Roasters.