Thank you Mike Sutter!
Colombian coffee, by many accounts, sets the global gold standard for coffee beans. The new Coffeecionado brings the full Colombian coffee experience to the South Side by importing, roasting and turning that country’s celebrated beans into a wide range of coffee drinks in a stylish coffee house setting.
In the 1940s, the modest building at 502 W. Mitchell St. housed a tortillería, run by a man who also laid tile for houses in the fashionable King William district and put the extras to use in the building. The tiles are still here, elaborate redondo pieces in a regal patchwork, complementing a design scheme incorporating weathered wood, rich earth tones, modernist upholstery and a gleaming red coffee roaster custom-made for owner Patricia Butler-Aguilar.
From that roaster comes a range of beans imported from Colombia, including Catimor coffee from the owner’s own farm. The menu covers the basics — lattes, americanos, cappuccinos — but opens up with cold-brew coffees, including a nitro version blended with CBD oil.
Coffee gear acolytes will appreciate both the traditional Chemex pour-overs and an ornate copper-plated Belgian siphon machine.
For Butler-Aguilar, the shop’s as much about education as a good cup of coffee. “My whole idea with the roaster was to demystify the coffee experience,” she said. “It’s not for the chosen ones. This is not Harry Potter.”
Coffeecionado is at 502 W. Mitchell St., 210-618-3654, coffeecionado.coffee. It’s open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.