Welcome to Alchemy Coffee House! On-site roasting the finest coffees.
Our goal is to bring you the finest fresh roasted coffee. Come see what the lucky residents of this quaint Wilmette neighborhood have found! We are half a block from the Linden "EL" stop, and just a short walk from the Bahai Temple. Come enjoy our coffee, espresso drinks, and baked goods! Coffee roasting and baking done on premisis.
Can't make it down? Not a problem, click on the "Coffees" link above and pick a pound of coffee beans to be delivered to your door. Not sure which to order? We'll make it easy for you: click here
to order a pound of Papua New Guinea for $12.99 plus $4.99 shipping. Or click here to see our other coffees.
Need directions? Click here for a map.
A Roastmaster’s Pledge
Any one of a hundred things can alter the taste of your cup of coffee. Make one mistake from the moment the bean is plucked from the tree, to that first sip of freshly brewed coffee, and you will have a compromised beverage. We proudly give to you what we perceive as perfection in these first critical stages of a roasted coffee’s development. Allow us to count the ways.
First, Alchemy Coffee House works with a wholesale bean supplier who deals directly with just a few specialty grade growers from around the world. By focusing on a small number of the world’s most sought-after coffees, helps maintain magnificent control. Quality is of paramount importance.
But having the world’s greatest coffee doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have the world’s best roaster. After much research Alchemy Coffee House chose a roaster from Diedrich Manufacturing for its superior distribution of heat and critically important air control functions.
We have also discovered, perhaps, the single most critical step in good coffee: getting the hot, freshly-roasted beans to room temperature as soon as possible. Coffee is typically 400 degrees + when it is unleashed from the roasting drum, and if it takes more than 6 minutes to get to room temperature it tends to leave the coffee with a “baked” taste. Coffee that cools down quickly exhibits extraordinary flavor profiles that are idiomatic of the varietal.
Alchemy has the ability to roast 25 pounds at one time but we have discovered that, at between 10 and 12 pounds, we have much more control over the quality of the beans. Sure there is a lot of time and money saved by roasting tons of coffee at one time and being done with it, but that causes imperfections and we want you to have every single bean in your bag to be as close to perfect as possible.
Lastly, you want an experienced and passionate roaster who has discovered the idiosyncrasies of his select offerings and has attentively roasted them to the zenith of their beauty. We encourage you to read our descriptions.