A while back, I mentioned how I decided to have an impromptu Treat Yo Self Day. It involved a manicure, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle macaroni and cheese, and a pit stop at Brewpoint for a perfectly ambrosial cup of coffee.
That’s how good this place is. Whenever I go there, it feels special. While I wait for my drink to be made, I love looking around. Souvenirs and travel books abound in the little nooks and crannies around the shop–it always gives me the travel bug.
Not to mention the names of the drinks! The specialty lattes are all named after famous explorers, like Lewis & Clark and Marco Polo. How can you not dream of sailing around the world after taking a sip of the Bartolome? (Side note: go read about Bartolome de las Casas. He was a pretty cool dude.)
Of course, the names of the drinks are one thing, but the lattes themselves are out of this world (sorry, couldn’t resist a dad joke). My favorite is the Bartolome, the shop’s signature drink–pictured above with the lovely lemon poppyseed muffin. Espresso, coconut-almond milk, cinnamon, and magic. I want to try all the other drinks, but I normally can’t resist this one. I have had the Vespucci, though, which has a pumpkin espresso base with cinnamon and marshmallow. Does that even sound real?
Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how friendly the staff is, in a way that makes you feel at home. A big thank you to Amara, my barista, and Melissa, one of the owners, for letting me pop in to take pictures and savor some tasty fare. (That’s the two of them, left to right, in the last picture.)
If your travels ever bring you to Chicago, I would definitely recommend making a quick trip to Elmhurst to visit Brewpoint!