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Coffee. It’s an absolute necessity for most people in the mornings, myself included. Yet, while most people line up for morning fraps inside of the nearest Starbucks, I prefer to take a different route when it comes to getting my caffeine fix.
Chicago is full of coffee shops and cafes, and one of my absolute favorites by far is located right here in River North: Bow Truss Coffee Roasters. Why do I love it so much? It’s simple. The menu is solely dedicated to brew, and they make it pretty darn good and strong.
Bow Truss is located right under the Merchandise Mart L station, a quick walk down W. Kinzie Street from Alta at K Station, and delivers a cozy and quaint atmosphere that falls right in line with its motto: “We bring together classycoffee with cozy people.” It can be quite busy during the morning rush, but the service is fast without negatively affecting the quality of the roast that you order. My go-to nearly every morning is a cappuccino with almond milk, and the baristas serve it up quickly with a smile.
This is not the place you go to sit around and study for hours as you sip your warm chai, as there’s not a ton of seating and no wifi. That’s totally fine for someone like me, who simply wants to get in and out in order to start the day. Though if I meet an acquaintance in passing, we may sit and chat if there’s an empty space.
Overall, the experience at Bow Truss Coffee Roasters is something you will definitely enjoy, and the coffee offers the great boost of energy you need to kickstart your day. The next time you’re in the area, stop by for a quick taste. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the experience just as much as I do. – Shammara Woods
Bonus: Order bags Bow Truss’ whole bean coffee blends from their website for your non-Chicagoan friends and family. Not only will the resulting brew be better than anything they're drinking now, the gorgeous packaging will look fab on their kitchen counter. Bow Truss also sells bottles of cold brew coffee, perfect for the upcoming hot summer mornings. – Shammara Woods
Bow Truss Coffee Roasters
406 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654