It’s busy at Quixotic Coffee. At least when I went. And I suspect it is often. Whether you’re a fan of waiting in line or not, you are probably smart enough to know that if there is one, it’s likely worth waiting for.
Quixotic had one, but I stood and waited and it only took a few minutes to get through it. Those few minutes prior to grabbing my beverage, a nitro cold brew by the way, I was just ordinary. I liked my coffee hot. Black. In a mug.
Handcrafted, sure. Tasty, of course. Traditional, obviously.
I made my order, waited a minute or two and then was passed the cold brew from a friendly man behind the counter, a blonde beard and five panel hat surrounded his smile. I placed the cold brew on a table near the counter. The glass a tulip with their logo and a beaned up laurel wreath on the side.
I always get hot coffee so I waited for it to cool. Waited for it to cool? It’s a cold brew. My traditional self had forgotten that I’d ventured out and snapping out of my delusion I decided to look at it. Nitrogen is heavy. The bubbles slowly rising to the top to create a creamy head, mimicking a Guinness poured fresh from the tap in your favorite pub.
It settled a bit and I took a drink. I was ordinary in coffee before, but after this experience no longer. The cliché term of velvetiness came to mind and all I could do was look at it.
And then drink again.
Soon I was taking photos of it. Raving about it to the people at my table. Encouraging them all to try it. All three of them claimed they’d get it the next time.
If you’re in Highland Park, you’d be wise to visit Quixotic. You’ve learned time and time again that we have a distinct love affair with coffee at A Look Into. Our first feature was about a roaster, there have been several posts about our favorite places and you can bet you’ll find more stories about coffee in the future.
Stop into Quixotic and do some work or just grab it on the go. We recommend the former. We also recommend you sit next to the counter, so you can watch those people in line. Watch their coffee life change from ordinary to extraordinary.
And watch them come back for more.
-Words by CW