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Bow Truss Coffee Roasters

Bow Truss Coffee Roasters

(Now Closed)
Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
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  • Brian
    BrianMarch 28, 2014
    Better than Intelligentsia - which is a difficult feat. Each member of the team really cares about the coffee they serve you. Ask about the alternate espresso/Capuccino. Ours was Sumatra Lintong
  • Linda A.heart icon on user image
    Linda AdamsSeptember 22, 2016
    It was hot one day and the barista recommended their Iced Lavender latté and it rocked. I love that she suggested something that really matched what I was looking for 👍🏻💯
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergDecember 20, 2015
    Bow Truss has excellent espresso. I would recommend a latte for that or wait a few extra minutes for a pour over coffee for the freshest flavor. Really excellent.
  • Eric T.heart icon on user image
    Eric TurnerJuly 7, 2013
    I have held Bow Truss in high since they opened. Then I went today and they pulled the longest, thinnest shot I've had in a long time. I passed a lot of OK places for something great. Didn't get it.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Head over heels for your coffee? The Bow Truss subscription service delivers just-roasted beans delivered to your home (or office) on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. Read more
  • Wesley K.heart icon on user image
    Wesley KeyserMarch 29, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Best V60 coffee and espresso in the city. Don't come here expecting frills, they don't have wifi or a bathroom. However, the staff and quality of coffee far outweigh any negatives,
  • Philip C.
    Philip ChangDecember 27, 2015
    If you've never experienced coffee jitters, a 16-ounce cup of house-roasted dark matter ought to do it. Shake things out on their Ms. Pac-Man machine.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureFebruary 21, 2014
    A funky new coffee shop in East Lakeview complete with sleds, canoes, and an incredible speaker installation built out of vintage suitcases.
  • Paul B.heart icon on user image
    Paul BrennerAugust 10, 2014
    True coffee lovers making magic in Chicago. Don't just get your usual, ask for a tip from the barista and get something exciting.
  • Virginia T.heart icon on user image
    Virginia ThomasAugust 3, 2013
    Love that they play records- they have great coffee & espresso- Iced coffee on TAP & Affogato (espresso over ice cream!) but NO RESTROOM :(
  • Ozge Y.heart icon on user image
    Ozge YJanuary 3, 2015
    Really different from the photos. I liked the coffee and people watching. No pastries, no wifi. Really good beats.
  • AV
    AVJuly 30, 2016
    Bow truss is good! Staff is awesome. Between Bow Truss and Intelligentsia for coffee, Intelligentsia is slightly better ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Linda F.heart icon on user image
    Linda FelterApril 14, 2014
    They brew their own iced coffee and it comes in a bottle! So good!
  • Zach S.heart icon on user image
    Zach Solomon-BeloinJuly 31, 2016
    You can print documents here (for a fee). Very convenient and quick.
  • Wes D.
    Wes DearbornDecember 2, 2012
    Great vibe, coffee, and interior design. BUT no bathroom yet! That's just plain torture for coffee/tea drinkers.
  • Jeremiah K.
    Jeremiah KetnerApril 27, 2013
    Great coffee and atmosphere. No bathroom and limited places to sit. For a place that big you would think they would offer more seating.
  • Emily B.heart icon on user image
    Emily BauersfeldJuly 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent cold brew and a great place to stop in for a cappuccino
  • Zach S.heart icon on user image
    Zach Solomon-BeloinJuly 31, 2016
    If you like cold brew or iced coffee, try its nitro tap cold brew. 💯
  • Lee D.heart icon on user image
    Lee DiazJune 18, 2016
    The coffee! The music! The ambiance! Love this place!
  • Christian T.heart icon on user image
    Christian TrappDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best coffee and staff in Chicago!
  • Ben B.heart icon on user image
    Ben BlueSeptember 13, 2014
    Amazing spot. Come for the coffee, stay for the vibe.
  • Kellen T.heart icon on user image
    Kellen TerrettAugust 8, 2014
    Location has a lot of personality, and the espresso is always on point.
  • Chelsea C.
    Chelsea CramerJuly 20, 2013
    Chemex is the best! Good coffee without a pretentious vibe.
  • Elliott R.
    Elliott RamosJuly 19, 2012
    This place forces you to enjoy coffee. It's an amazing thing to take in
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 8, 2016
    Love their espresso!!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 8, 2013
    coffee offerings you might not have seen elsewhere in Chicago
  • Rishabh A.
    Rishabh AgrawalApril 15, 2013
    Good coffee and a chill ambience. No restroom.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SilverDecember 8, 2012
    Kind staff, relaxed atmosphere and the best coffee in town.
  • Javier O.heart icon on user image
    Javier OsorioSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great coffee. Nice atmosphere. Get a Cortado.
  • John L.heart icon on user image
    John LiottaSeptember 28, 2014
    Really good. Def worth a trip.
  • David L.
    David Laskowski IIJanuary 24, 2013
    Great coffee but no restroom. Better get it to go as this sends that message!
  • Lane P.heart icon on user image
    Lane PelovskyAugust 14, 2014
    Great coffee and cool location.
  • Laura W.
    Laura WSeptember 21, 2013
    Steer clear of the hipster lawn chairs. Two words: butt splinters.
  • Colinheart icon on user image
    ColinJuly 29, 2012
    Friendly staff and truly great coffee.
  • Zach S.heart icon on user image
    Zach Solomon-BeloinJune 12, 2015
    Favorite latte in Chicago.
  • Laurie L.
    Laurie LaningApril 21, 2013
    Best coffee in town!
  • zfels
    zfelsJuly 14, 2012
    Great place to focus and chill - no WiFi to distract you.
  • Theodore T.heart icon on user image
    Theodore TzApril 22, 2015
    Cold brew coffee, decoration
  • James M.
    James MichaelApril 7, 2013
    In a latte state of mind
  • Jim W.
    Jim WApril 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I tried multiple seats; all were uncomfortable.
  • Iggy
    IggyAugust 4, 2013
    Almost overlooked this gem!
  • Macchaheart icon on user image
    MacchaOctober 13, 2016
    Yummy coffee
  • Lucas F.
    Lucas FuessFebruary 22, 2014
    Coffee is good. But it is so loud, no restroom, no WiFi, horribly uncomfortable stools.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJanuary 4, 2015
    Skip the hot chocolate. It's no good.
  • T C.heart icon on user image
    T CallahanMarch 18, 2016
    Nitro cold brew.
  • Ronnie E.
    Ronnie EyerOctober 19, 2012
    This place is beautiful.
  • Arteen A.
    Arteen ArabshahiAugust 19, 2012
    Bendy strawz. :)
  • Matt L.
    Matt LJuly 2, 2012
    The sidamo kicks ass
  • Girish J.
    Girish JoshiApril 28, 2013
    No bathroom + no wifi + crappy seats = insufferable hipster dom
  • Brad C.
    Brad ChmielewskiJuly 23, 2012
    No public wifi!
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