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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.

Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. Karnival.

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Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. Karnival.

Carrie Masek

Mid-winter is a great time to have a little fun. This year, Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 28. For the next few days, people will be celebrating with parties, parades and rich food. Here at Coffee by the Roast, we'll mark the day with Cafe au Lait and decadent fried treats . Here are some links to help you party like coffee geeks! 

Mardi Gras recipes:

For those with Eastern European roots, Fat Tuesday wouldn't be complete without paczkis, Polish doughnuts. Here's a recipe and a video for those who'd like to make their own:

Finally, all of these delicious foods go great with Cafe au Lait. Here's our super-simple recipe:

Brew a strong, dark-roasted coffee (Bourbon St. Brew works well)

Steam or heat milk (whole milk is best)

For each 8 oz serving of Cafe au Lait:

Blend 4 oz of coffee with 4 oz of hot milk and enjoy!