Chris Petrovich of Metropolis Coffee Photograph: Courtesy of Metropolis Coffee

Noel Nissen, Barista at Side Project Coffee

New Math Coffee’s Sunda Hejo

“I love that they’re bringing Asian specialty coffee to Chicago. In this coffee, I get a lot of stone fruit flavors, like apricot, and it shows how balanced and sweet a coffee from Java can be.” $12.50 for eight ounces.

Rachel Miller, Bar Manager at Community Tavern

Taste of Colombia’s Colombia Sierra Nevada

“This is a classic American breakfast coffee — medium weight with caramel and a little almondy bitterness. Colombian coffee is high elevation, so there are citrus notes, but this roast is mellow.” $13 for 12 ounces. 4801 W. Montrose Ave., Portage Park,

Gabe Mauch, Owner of Grindhouse Cafe

Metropolis Coffee Company’s Costa Rica Perla Negra

“This is made with a natural process: The cherry is left intact while the bean dries. If not done well, natural coffees can have a musty old wine taste, and even great naturals can be a little overpowering. But Perla Negra is really well balanced, with the typical berry notes found in a lot of naturals, and a nice buttery finish.” $17 for 12 ounces. 1039 W. Granville Ave., Edgewater,

Sam Dickstein, Chef at Pizzeria Portofino

Hexe Coffee Co.’s Boneshaker Bourbon

“It’s a medium-roast coffee that’s been aged in bourbon barrels from Few Spirits in Evanston. It has strong bourbon and barrel flavors, and it’s great for cold brew. I also like Evil Friends, which is a light roast, and really refreshing.” $16 for 12 ounces. 2000 W. Diversey Pkwy., Lake View,

Rae Heying, Barista at Jackalope Coffee & Tea

Night Goat Coffee’s Santa Ines

“Hands down, my favorite beans in the city right now are from Night Goat Coffee. I snagged a bag of Santa Ines a few weeks ago, and it blew my mind. I’ve made this coffee as both a pour-over and a regular drip, and every time it was super smooth with a fruity brightness and a sweet finish.” $15 for 250 grams.

Niki Tolch, Barista at Damn Fine Coffee Bar

Stivers Coffee’s Mocha Java Light Roast

“Greg Stivers has a huge selection of single origin and blends. You can filter through the options by just about any way imaginable. He’ll also ship a whole pound of coffee the very next day! I like the Mocha Java, which is a blend of African and Indonesian coffees — it’s basically the OG of coffee blends. I get it in the light roast.” $16 for one pound.

David Celis, Barista at Goddess and the Baker

Metric Coffee’s Colorized

“This blend is a mix of South American and African beans and has a sweet yet balanced taste, plus juicy fruit notes and a bright aroma. I’ve brewed it in both an automatic machine and made it as a pour-over, and it’s given me a flavorful cup both ways.” $13 for eight ounces. 2021 W. Fulton St., West Town.