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Topic: Madison and Chicago (4 msgs / 65 lines)
1) From: Zara Haimo
I just realized that I will soon be spending a few days in both these cities and hadn't thought about possible coffee options in either location.  I don't remember any list discussions of coffee shops in Madison, WI - are there any good artisan roasters I should visit there?  
I did find some mentions of various places around Chicago in the list archives, but nothing in the Loop area.  I know Intelligentsia has a shop on Randolph, not far from where I'll be staying.  Any other suggestions in the center of the city?
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2) From: Sandy Andina
In Madison, you might want to try Ancora Roasters in Fitchburg--that  
location roasts.  You can get good espresso at Escape Java Joint on  
Williamson St. (Mother Fool's is slipping, IMHO).  There is another  
branch of Intelligentsia at the south end of the Loop on Jackson &  
Dearborn.
Sandy Andina
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On Jun 27, 2008, at 12:20 AM, Zara Haimo wrote:
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
I posted a similar question a year ago and, at Sandy's suggestion,
stopped at Escape Java Joint on Williamson St. (or, as everyone in
Madison calls it, "Willy" street). I got both a cup of brewed coffee
and a double espresso, and in my opinion both were very good.
Ancora is a local roastery with several retail shops, including one
near the football stadium and another on University Ave just before
Midvale. I used to buy roasted coffee at the University store, and at
the time I thought it was good, but that's before I started roasting.
That being said, I do still assume that their roasted coffee is as
good as or better than any of the other local options.
Brian
On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 1:56 AM, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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4) From: Zara Haimo
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My friend lives in Fitchburg and says that location is leased and not 
company owned.  Ancora used to roast in their downtown King St. location, 
but they moved the roasting operation to wherever their corporate offices 
are and the roaster isn't on display any more.  The King St. location has a 
Clover - makes a smooth cup of coffee (reminded me of what I get from my 
Aeropress) and is fun to watch in action.  I tried their Yirgacheffe and my 
friend had a Rwandan.  Both were very good, if not exceptional, and not 
overroasted.
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