Whether it’s 6 a.m. and you rolled out of bed with a groan or it’s 6 p.m. and you’re exhausted after the onslaught of your classes, coffee is what gets you through the day. And while we should all form our own opinions about Global Grounds and Metropolis on campus and the Starbucks on 35th St., we deserve the best of the best. Coffee that tastes like a liquid dream and rejuvenates your will to go on. That is what this review is for.
Located on the corner of Morgan St. and 31st St., Bridgeport Coffeehouse provides the basics: brewed coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, etc. The coffee is bold in flavor but goes down smoothly. It provides an instant jolt that would wake up any student-slash-zombie. But, if you’re looking for variety and interesting flavors, this might not be the place to go for coffee.
On the flip side, for tea drinkers, Bridgeport Coffeehouse offers an extensive list of iced and hot teas, that are quite good. My personal favorite is the blood orange.
Located past the Red Line on 33rd St. and attached to a pizzeria, the Redline Café offers basic drinks and three flavors to add to your coffee: vanilla, mocha, and hazelnut. The iced coffee they offer is a bit bitter, but with a touch of cream the bitter mellows out. As a hazelnut latte lover, I must say that the Redline makes one of the better hazelnut lattes I’ve had. Yet, the Redline offers what I call a "midafternoon" coffee—one that’ll provide you with a mild boost after your classes are done but won’t wake up your will to do homework.
Jackalope Coffee and Teahouse
Saving the best for last, Jackalope Coffee and Teahouse is my all time favorite. The espresso used in their drinks is flavorful, mellow, and warm. It’s perfect for any time of day—giving me the necessary jolt of caffeine I need to keep the day going. Jackalope has a seasonal menu that rotates twice a year. In the summer, my favorite drink would be a concoction whimsically named "magically delicious," a latte made with cereal milk, whipped crème, and little marshmallows. The child inside me can’t resist it. In the winter, Jackalope offers "the pumpkin king" which I would take over Starbucks’s pumpkin spice latte any day. It’s a coffeehouse every coffee-lover at Illinois Tech must visit.