Freshly Roasted Tastes Better

Premium Arabica coffees from around the world are roasted fresh each week in small batches in our Crystal Lake café. We serve the coffee after it has rested appropriately out of the roaster.

Roasted coffees begin to noticeably lose flavor after a month. Ground coffees lose 50% of flavor in just two hours. (Some grocery store brands, which may blend with low grade robusta beans, inject gas additives to give you that “fresh” aroma.) Groceries are told their coffee has a 12-month shelf life. How old is this coffee when you buy it?

Really, it’s simply an issue of organic chemistry. The elements of the coffee bean that give it a distinguished flavor and aroma are also the most volatile. Roasting begins a slow and steady breakdown. Grinding accelerates the breakdown of these volatile but most desirable flavor elements of coffee.

In our cafés and the restaurants and coffee shops we serve, our coffees are ground as needed to extract a perfect espresso shot or to brew coffee. We trust that you will find our drinks just taste far better.

Conscious Cup uses a state-of-the-art gourmet, small-batch roaster. Small-batch roasting is gentler on the beans and avoids taint, a burning or scalding when beans in large-batches roll for too long against the hot roasting drum.

We select premium Arabica bean coffee from the finest growers in the world.


The best coffees are grown with care and respect for the environment from growers committed to quality and community. Acquiring these economically and environmentally sustainable coffees ensures quality in the cup and equity in our relationships.

Our coffee comes from the world’s best small plot and cooperative farms; they earn a fair price for their hard, dedicated work. The coffee is hand-picked for perfect ripeness. We carefully and slowly roast each coffee to highlight the nuanced flavors unique to the farm where it was grown. This is our way of saying thank you to the farming families that make Conscious Cup possible.

Our Path

In 2006 we opened Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters after training under a master roaster and judge in the world barista championship. The market for coffee was evolving; a so-called "third wave" of coffee shops was emerging that challenged the contemporary concepts of roasting, drink preparation and presentation.

So, here we are with two cafes. Our original Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters moved to its current location in 2010 and in late 2013 we acquired Cook Street Coffee in Barrington, IL. If you read the reviews on Yelp!Google PlacesUrban Spoon, and Facebook, you'll see that the cafes reflect our sense of smiling hospitality and quality of product and service.


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Fresh roasted coffee just tastes better 

Simple things done really well make life richer. We've been roasting fine coffee right in our Crystal Lake cafe since 2006. Coffee Review has given five of our roasts "outstanding" ratings -- four at 92 points and one a top-rated 2011 world class at 94 points. We've also won multiple "Best of the Fox" awards: Best Coffee, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Drop in to find out why! And don't forget to check us out on Yelp!Google PlacesUrban Spoon, and Facebook.





Conscious Cup Coffee

5005 Northwest Hwy, Ste 101
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Cook Street Coffee

100 E. Station St.
Barrington, IL 60010