Ipsento Coffee

2035 N Western Ave Chicago

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Quaint coffee shops with quirky spaces are so in vogue, that sometimes they blend together but Ipsento stands out from the mass. Like most coffee shops, though, they have free wifi for you to use.

“The best coffees tell stories” — the Ipsento Mantra

Founded in 2006 by husband and wife team Jeremy and Rachel Smith, Ipsento aimed to be a relaxing and authentic coffee experience for the community. The Smiths didn't keep their shop for long and eventually passed ownership to their Church, who went on to give it to Tim and Mandi Taylor. They actually were already coffee connoisseurs when they acquired Ipsento with their roasting company, Coffee Ambassadors. Tim would take a his little coffee cart out to farmer’s markets in the summer and sell coffee around town. In 2012, the Taylor’s combined the inventive nature Coffee Ambassadors and with the cultured Ipsento and became Ipsento Coffee Roasters.

The name ‘Ipsento’ comes from two latin words: ‘ipse’ meaning ‘self’ and ‘sentio’, meaning ‘to discover’.

The Smith’s believed that everyone is on a journey towards self-discovery and current owners Tim and Mandi Taylor continue that legacy.

Using a beautiful brown and blue color scheme to create a sophisticated look reminiscent of an Italian cafe, Ipsento serves a delicious house blend. The traditional espresso and cortado stand with the rich and inventive lattes. such as the cardamom rose, Nutella blend, and the signature Ipsento, which is a blend of espresso, coconut milk, cayenne pepper, honey, and your choice of soy, almond, or cow’s milk. With their coffee lab across the street, Ipsento Coffee Roasters is constantly experimenting and introducing new seasonal drinks.

Down the street from this coffee house on Milwaukee Avenue (an 8-minute walk), is Ipsento 606, their cafe that turns into a bar at night serving unique cocktails.

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