Monday, May 01, 2017

Damn Fine Coffee Bar

Subject: Damn Fine Coffee Bar
Location: Chicago, IL
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

The first time I heard the words "damn fine" were in the King's English in a CS Lewis book (technically "dem fine"). The Magician's Nephew, still my most loved of the seven Chronicles of Narnia, features an eccentric uncle who refers to the short-tempered Queen Jadis as a "dem fine woman." At the time when I first read this, I took this as scandal, as I was 11 and didn't read books with "sentence enhancers." But years later, after learning all 13 bad words and then banishing them from my lips (as fancy sophisticates should not stain their lips with cursing), I have personally sought to find more creative vocabulary. And so, even though I really don't see the word "damn" as a foul word (unless you use it as a verb, and then you are telling the person/thing to go to H-E-DOUBLE-HOCKEY-STICKS, which is kinda bad if you believe in hell (and I do)), it's a word I just don't use casually any more just to play it safe.

Thus while I might not say the word a whole lot, it certainly didn't keep me from visiting a quality coffee establishment in Chicago's Logan Square called Damn Fine Coffee Bar (I will call them DFCB for short). Outfitted in a lovely large-windowed store front next to Ground Control! (excellent veggie/vegan dishes) and two stores down from a Mexican bakery called La Estrella (delicious cake), DFCB was packed upon my arrival. The interior boasted a calm, cozy environment buzzing with conversation and accented with hanging plants and a bold chevron wall behind the counter.

Moving on to their coffee, they utilize local Half Wit as their foundational roaster as well as a rotating featured roaster, which was Carabello out Newport, KY when I visited. That evening I took an espresso of Halfwit's Triforce and a pourover of a Costa Rican. The espresso, pulled to a medium volume with brown crema, trumpeted out chocolate, nectarine, melon, toffee, lemondrop candy and a touch of raisin, making for a fruity, toothsome infusion. The pourover also proved bright and sweet, with notes of strawberry, buttered sourdough, pistachio cake, black cherry and a touch of mint in a light body.

With shouts of acclimation resounding in my cranium, I polished off my drinks and made my way into the night. When you're next in Logan Square, get a darn good cup of coffee at the Damn Fine Coffee Bar.

These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!


Coffeeze said...

Nice environment for a coffee lover

bini said...

Decoration style is awesome.

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