Intelligensia Coffee & Tea

★★★★☆
  • 3123 N Broadway St

    Chicago, IL 60657

    Cross street: Between Belmont Ave. and Diversey Pkwy

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  • 773-348-8058

About Intelligensia Coffee & Tea

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Sat-Sun 7am-9pm, Mon-Fri 6:30am-9pm

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Great coffee, better than other brands out there. If you've never tried it in this branch, you better do.

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Great coffee, better than other brands out there. If you've never tried it in this branch, you better do.

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This is the best coffee shop in this area. Amazing coffee, excellent service provided by the staff. Cost is reasonable. Thanks for your great service.

3
★★★☆☆

This is the best coffee shop in this area. Amazing coffee, excellent service provided by the staff. Cost is reasonable. Thanks for your great service.

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They have a unique brewing process that creates weak, bitter coffee that is full of sediment. As an aficionado of small, independent coffee shops, I can tell you this is the worst coffee I've had in a long time.

We grabbed a couple cups of Intelligensia coffee before hitting the road yesterday but on the way out of town we stopped at a 7-11, dumped out our expensive Intelligensia coffee and replaced it with cheap convenience store coffee, which, while not the greatest, was at least drinkable.

I want to know what the process is they use to brew coffee so I can avoid it in the future.

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★☆☆☆☆

They have a unique brewing process that creates weak, bitter coffee that is full of sediment. As an aficionado of small, independent coffee shops, I can tell you this is the worst coffee I've had in a long time.

We grabbed a couple cups of Intelligensia coffee before hitting the road yesterday but on the way out of town we stopped at a 7-11, dumped out our expensive Intelligensia coffee and replaced it with cheap convenience store coffee, which, while not the greatest, was at least drinkable.

I want to know what the process is they use to brew coffee so I can avoid it in the future.

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very cute little spot in chicago... i come here to get my green tea fix. it's a great atmosphere and they play beethoven and mozart!

4
★★★★☆

very cute little spot in chicago... i come here to get my green tea fix. it's a great atmosphere and they play beethoven and mozart!

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My friends and I found the place accidentally while we were walking around the neighborhood. The baristas were very knowledgeable. My favorite was an iced cappuccino with added homemade simple syrup. The place itself was very cozy and filled with locals. It felt like a home away from home. Grazie mille.

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★★★★★

My friends and I found the place accidentally while we were walking around the neighborhood. The baristas were very knowledgeable. My favorite was an iced cappuccino with added homemade simple syrup. The place itself was very cozy and filled with locals. It felt like a home away from home. Grazie mille.

Pros: coffee

Cons: expensive sandwiches

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My cousin and I visited with my young daughter. We both agreed the coffee was good. The atmosphere is what one would expect with a good coffee house. Plenty of filled seating - a testament to the shop's success - but the big tables with six or seven chairs were being used by individuals. When we sat down at the opposite end of one of the large tables the person on the other end seemed put out as though he needed the entire table.

The staff was young and friendly, although the service was a bit overwhelming when five of them clustered around the cash register, each taking their turn asking "have you been helped" and "what can I get for you" even though I was only one of two standing in line.

I would not call Intelligentsia "kid friendly" as there are no changing tables in the restrooms and the crowd that was gathered the day we went seemed like mostly younger and older singles and couples sans children. It was hard not to feel like we were imposing on the other patrons who were busy surfing the web, reading, or doing crossword puzzles.

The coffee, along with the vibrant neighborhood, was worth the trip and I would recommend it to anyone who loves coffee and visting unique and out of the way coffee shops.

Peace.

2
★★★★☆

My cousin and I visited with my young daughter. We both agreed the coffee was good. The atmosphere is what one would expect with a good coffee house. Plenty of filled seating - a testament to the shop's success - but the big tables with six or seven chairs were being used by individuals. When we sat down at the opposite end of one of the large tables the person on the other end seemed put out as though he needed the entire table.

The staff was young and friendly, although the service was a bit overwhelming when five of them clustered around the cash register, each taking their turn asking "have you been helped" and "what can I get for you" even though I was only one of two standing in line.

I would not call Intelligentsia "kid friendly" as there are no changing tables in the restrooms and the crowd that was gathered the day we went seemed like mostly younger and older singles and couples sans children. It was hard not to feel like we were imposing on the other patrons who were busy surfing the web, reading, or doing crossword puzzles.

The coffee, along with the vibrant neighborhood, was worth the trip and I would recommend it to anyone who loves coffee and visting unique and out of the way coffee shops.

Peace.

Pros: Good coffee and atmosphere.

Cons: Service and table set up.

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perfect cup of coffee or coffee drink everytime!!!
every staff member takes special care and time to create a perfect beverage!!!

2
★★★★★

perfect cup of coffee or coffee drink everytime!!!
every staff member takes special care and time to create a perfect beverage!!!

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If you're voting for best COFFEE as is the actual COFFEE (bean/roast/brewed product) it's no question, especially when it comes to straight 'spro, traditional cappas and cups of varietals. Metropolis might be right behind on espresso, but Intelly still has the lead.

If you're voting for best COFFEEHOUSE, then you might give the nod to someplace else. The folks who go to Intelly seek it out to enjoy the best coffee available, not necessarily to engage in conversation with others. It's about the coffee tasting experience, not being seen or posing.

And if your taste is for large lattes, especially flavored lattes, then why bother voting on anything related to coffee. Stick to Starbucks or Caribou.

Also, Intelly has the most responsible policies toward coffee grower compensation in the industry, fairer than even Fair Trade. So you're not only drinking the best product around, you're helping to encourage a culture of sustainable great coffee in the countries where they buy their beans. Not a bad deal.

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★★★★★

If you're voting for best COFFEE as is the actual COFFEE (bean/roast/brewed product) it's no question, especially when it comes to straight 'spro, traditional cappas and cups of varietals. Metropolis might be right behind on espresso, but Intelly still has the lead.

If you're voting for best COFFEEHOUSE, then you might give the nod to someplace else. The folks who go to Intelly seek it out to enjoy the best coffee available, not necessarily to engage in conversation with others. It's about the coffee tasting experience, not being seen or posing.

And if your taste is for large lattes, especially flavored lattes, then why bother voting on anything related to coffee. Stick to Starbucks or Caribou.

Also, Intelly has the most responsible policies toward coffee grower compensation in the industry, fairer than even Fair Trade. So you're not only drinking the best product around, you're helping to encourage a culture of sustainable great coffee in the countries where they buy their beans. Not a bad deal.

Pros: service, quality of espresso roasts, traditional cappuccinos

Cons: Best service only at their own retail locations, other shops serving Intelly not up to same standards.

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super experience, class organization, I like hanging out for several hours at a time

2
★★★★★

super experience, class organization, I like hanging out for several hours at a time

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Wonderful coffee! We have never had better coffee, and the service was teriffic!

2
★★★★★

Wonderful coffee! We have never had better coffee, and the service was teriffic!

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It is one of the best coffee shop in the COUNTRY! We are lucky to have Intelligentsia here in Chicago.

2
★★★★★

It is one of the best coffee shop in the COUNTRY! We are lucky to have Intelligentsia here in Chicago.

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I love the coffee, and I can't help but notice that the folks there take great pains to keep it fresh and tasting great. They really are serious about quality control!! Obviously they apply this to other things they do - their tea is also high quality, and when my boss tried the scones at their Jackson/Dearborn store downtown, she raved about them for days! Seems this attention to detail is finally getting them noticed - it was great to see them featured on the Food channel for their latte art.

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★★★★★

I love the coffee, and I can't help but notice that the folks there take great pains to keep it fresh and tasting great. They really are serious about quality control!! Obviously they apply this to other things they do - their tea is also high quality, and when my boss tried the scones at their Jackson/Dearborn store downtown, she raved about them for days! Seems this attention to detail is finally getting them noticed - it was great to see them featured on the Food channel for their latte art.

Pros: super fresh coffee, knowledgeable staff

Cons: not in Edgewater yet

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Recently was introduced to this coffee and truly impressed I am. If I resided in Chicago, I'd be there EVERYDAY. But, instead, I can order it as often as I like and have it delivered to my doorstep. Awesome stuff!

2
★★★★★

Recently was introduced to this coffee and truly impressed I am. If I resided in Chicago, I'd be there EVERYDAY. But, instead, I can order it as often as I like and have it delivered to my doorstep. Awesome stuff!

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Intelligentsia rocks!! I stock up when I travel to Chicago, and have it shipped all the way out here to New Mexico the rest of the year - they are really that good. The in-store staff is knowledgeable, helpful and friendly and the shipping staff is just as outstanding. It is always a pleasure to deal with these folks - almost as much a pleasure as drinking their coffee!!!

2
★★★★★

Intelligentsia rocks!! I stock up when I travel to Chicago, and have it shipped all the way out here to New Mexico the rest of the year - they are really that good. The in-store staff is knowledgeable, helpful and friendly and the shipping staff is just as outstanding. It is always a pleasure to deal with these folks - almost as much a pleasure as drinking their coffee!!!

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NO ONE DOES COFFEE LIKE INTELLIGENTSIA, I'VE BEEN A FAN SINCE THEIR FIRST YEAR IN BUSINESS. FIRST CLASS ALL THE WAY.

KENNY B. (FORMER LINCOLN PARK RESIDENT)

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★★★★★

NO ONE DOES COFFEE LIKE INTELLIGENTSIA, I'VE BEEN A FAN SINCE THEIR FIRST YEAR IN BUSINESS. FIRST CLASS ALL THE WAY.

KENNY B. (FORMER LINCOLN PARK RESIDENT)

Pros: EXCELLENT PRODUCT, COZY ATMOSPHERE, THE BEST BARISTAS

Cons: N/A

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It beats Starbuck's, but is that really that hard. I will never go back to Intelligentsia. Their attitude and high opinion of themselves has turned me off.

1
★★☆☆☆

It beats Starbuck's, but is that really that hard. I will never go back to Intelligentsia. Their attitude and high opinion of themselves has turned me off.

Cons: Although the coffe remains the same, the prices keep going up.

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When I drank this coffee, I knew I was home. Other coffees are, in essence, complete and utter java scams.

2
★★★★★

When I drank this coffee, I knew I was home. Other coffees are, in essence, complete and utter java scams.

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I just don't get it. They serve intelligensia at many places in my neighborhood and it is not very good. however at the broadway location the coffee is ok.

1
★★☆☆☆

I just don't get it. They serve intelligensia at many places in my neighborhood and it is not very good. however at the broadway location the coffee is ok.

Pros: fun location, nice people

Cons: parking hard, coffee inconsistant

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Intelligentsia is not only the best in Chicago. It is one of the best in the country. A few well known coffee shops in Seattle cant even top it. We, Chicagoans are lucky to have Intelligentsia in our city.

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★★★★★

Intelligentsia is not only the best in Chicago. It is one of the best in the country. A few well known coffee shops in Seattle cant even top it. We, Chicagoans are lucky to have Intelligentsia in our city.

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and that is south, to Kentucky. when I fly to Chicago, it comes home with me, and when I cannot get there, they send me lots of great new selections. I also made sure that when a local coffee shop was opening in town, the proprietors listened to my suggestion to go with this fine coffee. They have not been sorry, and neither will you!
My first stop any Chicago morning is the shop on Broadway....love it!

2
★★★★★

and that is south, to Kentucky. when I fly to Chicago, it comes home with me, and when I cannot get there, they send me lots of great new selections. I also made sure that when a local coffee shop was opening in town, the proprietors listened to my suggestion to go with this fine coffee. They have not been sorry, and neither will you!
My first stop any Chicago morning is the shop on Broadway....love it!

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I've loved this place since they opened. Even when I moved away, I still mail order from here and get better coffee than what I can find in Manhattan.

2
★★★★★

I've loved this place since they opened. Even when I moved away, I still mail order from here and get better coffee than what I can find in Manhattan.

Pros: freshness, variety, image

Cons: only in Chicago

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Many roasters claim they have the best beans, but when it comes down to it, the only place in Chicago where you can get really special coffee is Intelligentsia. During my 10+ years in the coffee business I have never come across so many incredible, rare coffees in one place. I live in an outlying neighborhood in the city, yet I make sure to bring all visitors to the cafe on Broadway. What a great impression of Chicago!

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★★★★★

Many roasters claim they have the best beans, but when it comes down to it, the only place in Chicago where you can get really special coffee is Intelligentsia. During my 10+ years in the coffee business I have never come across so many incredible, rare coffees in one place. I live in an outlying neighborhood in the city, yet I make sure to bring all visitors to the cafe on Broadway. What a great impression of Chicago!

Pros: Close to CTA, Great people watching, Fabulous product

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Oh, come on! Intelligencia is an OK coffee shop, but in no way the best! This is not fair for all the other amazing cafes in Chicago! I never have the urge to go to Intelligencia.

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★★☆☆☆

Oh, come on! Intelligencia is an OK coffee shop, but in no way the best! This is not fair for all the other amazing cafes in Chicago! I never have the urge to go to Intelligencia.

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I can imagine what the original Starbucks in Seattle started out like years ago. Great coffe house that truly appreciated the art of a great cup of coffee. It was served by employees that worked there because they felt a part of the company and new what it was all about. Friendly, efficient, a wealth of knowledge about the product, and a passion for what they did. Its a shame Starbucks got away from that. But its great for Chicago that Intelligentsia employees have taken up the torch! There is a reason why so many great restaurants are now using Intelligentsia coffee for thier customers also...its GREAT COFFEE!

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★★★★★

I can imagine what the original Starbucks in Seattle started out like years ago. Great coffe house that truly appreciated the art of a great cup of coffee. It was served by employees that worked there because they felt a part of the company and new what it was all about. Friendly, efficient, a wealth of knowledge about the product, and a passion for what they did. Its a shame Starbucks got away from that. But its great for Chicago that Intelligentsia employees have taken up the torch! There is a reason why so many great restaurants are now using Intelligentsia coffee for thier customers also...its GREAT COFFEE!

Pros: Knowledgeable Staff, grat coffee, friendly service

Cons: sometimes too crowded

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If you're looking for the best coffee or espresso in the city, look no further. Intelligentsia has the best coffee around, not to mention amazing baristas. Head to Lakeview for a latte with art on it, or a cup of amazing coffee.
If you're not in the mood for coffee, get some of their iced teas! Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

If you're looking for the best coffee or espresso in the city, look no further. Intelligentsia has the best coffee around, not to mention amazing baristas. Head to Lakeview for a latte with art on it, or a cup of amazing coffee.
If you're not in the mood for coffee, get some of their iced teas! Highly recommended.

Pros: latte art, great coffee, friendly service

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I mail order from NYC, nuff said. Black Cat Espresso Blend is fantastic. One of the few coffee shops to date when they roast your coffee on the package. I order 5 or 6 pounds at a time and freeze. Very prompt mail order service. A+

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★★★★★

I mail order from NYC, nuff said. Black Cat Espresso Blend is fantastic. One of the few coffee shops to date when they roast your coffee on the package. I order 5 or 6 pounds at a time and freeze. Very prompt mail order service. A+

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Definitely some of the best coffee I've had, and it's quite possibly the best in Chicago. This is probably the reason it made USA Today's Top 10 Coffee Shops list.

It's a pain to get to, and there's limited parking, but it's well worth the trouble in my opinion. Just don't park in the parking lot behind the nearby restaurant -- I learned the hard way not to do that.

2
★★★★★

Definitely some of the best coffee I've had, and it's quite possibly the best in Chicago. This is probably the reason it made USA Today's Top 10 Coffee Shops list.

It's a pain to get to, and there's limited parking, but it's well worth the trouble in my opinion. Just don't park in the parking lot behind the nearby restaurant -- I learned the hard way not to do that.

Pros: Coffee, Ambience

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Getting my morning coffee here has spoiled me! I can hardly bear to drink the brews elsewhere. Try the Black Cat blend. Absolutely wonderful aroma and rick taste.

2
★★★★★

Getting my morning coffee here has spoiled me! I can hardly bear to drink the brews elsewhere. Try the Black Cat blend. Absolutely wonderful aroma and rick taste.

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Intelligentsia is a soothing place: putty-colored walls, low-key music and random seating arrangements. People-watchers grab stools at the street-side ledge or outside, while students commune with their laptops at one of…

 

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