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Meet Chicago's Coolest Baristas

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    UPDATE: In need of a caffeine fix? Stop by one of these spots for a visit with the coolest coffee guys and gals in town. This story was originally published on June 1.

    We're a town full of busy go-getters, and none of us can start our day without that mandatory cup of joe. Whether you're a Loop-bound commuter or a freelancer working from home, you've probably got a favorite coffee shop you're loyal to. And, inside every good cafe is a barista (or two) who not only knows the difference between Kopi Lupak beans and a Sumatra blend, but is also an expert at turning your yawn into a smile.

    So, with our buzz in mind, we visited some of Chicago's favorite beaneries to chat with the guys and gals behind the counters about all things coffee-centric. Click through to see if we hit up your morning sipping spot, and find out who's been helping you get ready to dominate your workday. And, next time you stop by, be sure to say hi—and thanks! Or, you could always use that tipping mug….

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