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2321 Davis St., Unit C
North Chicago, IL


Coffee by the Roast is the retail website of Coffee Fresh, Inc, a small batch, specialty grade coffee roaster in North Chicago, IL, where customers can buy coffee online. Coffee by the Roast allows retail customers to buy fresh, custom roasted coffee online and have it shipped to any US address.  We provide only specialty grade coffee and roast the coffee to order.  Since coffee remains fresh for two to three weeks after roasting, we mail the coffee within twenty four hours to ensure our coffee is always fresh.


Roasting Coffee

A behind the scenes look at how our fresh coffee is roasted, from green beans to the perfect shade of brown. Our coffee roast levels are explained in an easy-to-read roast level chart.

Roast Levels

With most coffee, the best drip is made with a City to Vienna roast. The best espresso (where you do not want the acidity) is made with a Northern or Southern Italian roast.

Different coffee cultures traditionally roasted their coffees to different levels. Americans traditionally bought the best coffee and roasted it very light. The Northern and Central Europeans bought lesser coffees and roasted them darker. The French, Spanish and Latin Americans used the worst coffee and roasted it very dark. This has changed completely since WWII with the Europeans and Japanese buying most of the premium coffees and the large American roasters using Robustas and the low quality Arabica beans.

Coffee by the Roast buys only the finest quality coffee and roasts it to your order. 

Your Coffee, Your Roast, Your Way