Joey Thurman: Morning coffee, midday pick me up? Here's our three spots in the Western suburbs to get your caffeine fix. Our first spot is Brewpoint Coffee in Elmhurst, where they're taking CBD and infusing it in the roasting process. I need to try that. Let's check it out. Melissa Garcia Villanueva: Have you ever looked on Craigslist for an espresso machine only to buy a coffee shop instead? Because that is the story of Brewpoint Coffee. Had no idea what we were doing, but we were really dedicated to getting a little bit better every single day. And now we have four coffee shops, a coffee roastery, an event space, and I'm the co-author of a book called Starting and Running a Coffee Shop. I love being able to create an ecosystem that reflects the values that I want to see in the world, and it's been a wild ride. Joey Thurman: What sets you apart here in Elmhurst? Melissa Garcia Villanueva: We're just really community focused. We try our best to make profit only a piece of what we do. It really is about people at the end of the day. I think we're pretty innovative as well. We just launched Infused CBD Coffee, which is one of the first specialty coffee companies in the Midwest to be able to do something like this. So it's called Over the Moon Coffee line. And I think a lot of people like to have their morning coffee to wake them up, but how cool would it be to have a coffee that helps you unwind and go to bed the way that morning coffee wakes you up? Joey Thurman: Yeah. What's the future hold for Brewpoint? Melissa Garcia Villanueva: I want to support other people of color own coffee companies, through our manufacturing business. So if we can roast for them, if we can give them support and education and really build a community of people of color, coffee roasters. Like that would be really unique. Joey Thurman: Come to Mud and Char at Downers Grove and we're going to find out what that actually stands for. Let's go. Tom Aldis: Mud is English slang for coffee. It was used a lot in World War I in the trenches because everybody knew what mud was. All the different languages. And then Char is slang for tea, mostly used in Australia and England, comes from a Mandarin word for tea. Joey Thurman: Okay, so like, "Give you some mud." Tom Aldis: Mud, Yeah. Joey Thurman: Now, what makes you guys stand out? Tom Aldis: So all of our baked goods here are made in-house from scratch. Our argon cold brew, most places you're going to find nitro gas. We use argon gas and argon is going to infuse the coffee with a creamy texture and a rich flavor, without adding any cream or sugar or any flavor to it at all. Just the argon gas and cold brew coffee. Joey Thurman: Born in Uganda and also located in Aurora, Illinois. This is Endiro Coffee. Wendy Lopez: Endiro actually stands for the basket where farmers in Uganda pick the coffee and take it back to where they're going to sort it at. So that's what an Endiro stands for. Joey Thurman: Yeah. So I noticed there's like different stuffed animals and things. Where do those come from? Wendy Lopez: They're actually coming in from Uganda, from scraps of different materials that they have there, leftover. Our goal is to end child vulnerability, globally through coffee. We try to make it a coffee shop where it's just not a in-and-out thing, where you want to sit, relax, and actually drink your cup of coffee here instead of taking it to go. Joey Thurman: Yeah, I noticed that, because you have a lot of outdoor seating, you have a lot of indoor seating and I see people kind of hanging out for the whole time. So you don't kick them out, they stay? Wendy Lopez: No, no. We try to make it as homey as possible and we want our customers to enjoy their time here. Joey Thurman: And those are our three spots to get your coffee located in your backyard. I'm going to take my coffee to go. Cheers.
Best Coffee Shops to Get Your Caffeine Kick in the Chicagoland Suburbs
Fall is one of the best times to get cozy with a warm cup of coffee (unless you prefer it iced). We scoped out the top three coffee shops in the Chicagoland suburbs for you to get your caffeine kick. We stopped by Brewpoint Coffee in Elmhurst, sipped a cup at Mud and Char in Downers Grove, and then swung by Endiro Coffee in Aurora to support ethically produced coffee.
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