Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea: Innovative beverages, modern decor

Wicker Park

Beverage Quality: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Affordability rating: ★★★★

Overall rating: ★★★★★

This is probably my favorite coffee shop in the Wicker Park area.  The ambience is bright and modern, which is great for doing work.  The baristas are very friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable.  They aren’t too cool to help you like a lot of other places around here.  They also have beverages that are unique and you can’t find at other coffee shops.  Fairgrounds has a great balance of tea, juices, and coffee drinks, that combine eclectic ingredients together to create a mixture of gorgeous flavors.

Vosges Coconut Charcoal Elixir
When we came here we split a couple of drinks.  The barista also let us sample their elixirs/beverages on draft, which was really fun.  We got the Vosges Coconut Charcoal Elixir and it was marvelous.  There were chunks of real coconut in there with a complex chocolate flavor, coconut water, and charcoal.  It tasted unlike anything I’ve ever had before.  It was like a coconut hot chocolate but a healthier version of it.

Jungle Juice
We also ordered their Jungle Juice, which was an iced drink with a strong mango flavor (if you like mango, you’ll like this), cayenne, turmeric, and saffron.  The other favors were pretty subtle compared to the mango but they made the mango less sweet.

There are so many other beverages on the menu that I’d like to try!  I also would like to try their food.  I am looking forward to coming back here!

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