Bad Ass Coffee
Can a place with the term "bad ass" in its name really be
kid-friendly? It can in the case of Bad Ass Coffee. This
Hawaiian-born establishment caters to little ones with tot-sized
tables and tasty non-coffee drinks that appeal to keikis (kids) of
all ages. This new spot in the heart of the Southport Corridor is
as warm and family-oriented as the Hawaiian Islands from which its
Kona coffee originates.
While this unique venue offers smoothies, sandwiches,
pastries and a variety of other delicious goodies, its heart and
following come from the coffee it serves, described as
"slightly nutty and fruity, lightly acidic, wonderfully
aromatic and flavorful."
Parents needing a jolt should try the Almond Mocha,
swirling with flavors of dark chocolate, coconut and almond, or the
Caramel Wave, a gorgeous blend of caramel, English toffee and
vanilla. Kids will adore the signature steamers like the Pink
Strawberry Milk, the Polar Bear-white chocolate blended with
milk-or the Carmalapala, spiced cider with caramel.
But of course the name "Bad Ass," steeped in local
tradition, deserves explanation-and it goes like this:
For generations, the donkeys of Kona, Hawaii, carried
coffee beans down the mountains on the Big Island. Their bellows
could be heard echoing as they hauled the heavy loads of coffee up
and down the mountainside. The native people of Kona named these
hard-working donkeys "The Bad Ass Ones" because of their
cantankerous nature and perseverance while carrying the world's
richest coffee. Hence, Bad Ass Coffee.
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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