We are local people who have built a coffeebar and lounge that reflects our values.
Milk, meat, and cheese from family farms. Almond, soy, and coconut options.
Regular and gluten-free pastries from local bakers. Handcrafted breakfast burritos. Paninis for lunch. Fruit smoothies. Free wifi.
Meeting space in the lower level. 

We know that not everyone  embraces change, but here’s one  we think you’ll like. 

Counter Coffee, your friendly, locally-owned coffeebar, will now, on Friday evenings, starting on Feb. 2nd, we will become Counter Lounge.  Offerings of good wines, craft beers, and signature cocktails to go with artisan fare of charcuterie,  cheese boards, and flatbreads, will highlight the evenings, with live music (sometimes) setting the mood.

(see a calendar of live music at the bottom of the page)


We feature Intelligentsia beans in our brewed coffees, espresso drinks, and blended coffee drinks. 

Intelligentsia believes that coffees should be understood as a true collaboration, with both sides - farmers and the company - investing a great deal of time, energy and ideas to produce something great. At the end of this process, the coffee farmer who grows an award-winning cup is an artisan, and should be regarded as such. 

Intelligentsia's Roasting Works is in Chicago. This allows us to place an order and have the bean roasted fresh for us, shipped immediately, and received within two days to produce an exceptional taste.. 

Meeting Room

Reserve space in our lower level to hold a meeting for your group. 

Perfect for small groups, committees, or meet ups. 

 Call 708.557.3437 to discuss pricing and available dates.

Do-Rite Donuts

Our friends at Do-Rite Donuts in Chicago make donuts for us each Saturday and Sunday morning and deliver them fresh.  These doughnuts end up on every "Best Doughnuts" list!  
Available at 7 am until we sell out each weekend day.  

If you are worried about getting the Do-Rite donuts you want before they are gone each weekend, call us at Counter Coffee early in the day, pre-pay and we'll set your donut order aside...easy!   708.689.8896.

Mother Earth

For us, being “green” isn’t a trend.  It’s a way of life.  As we opened our coffee bar, we incorporated our concern for the environment into our business.

Here’s how we try to make a difference...   
We built our our counter with metal from a friend's farm building (no longer in service), my Dad built our bar top with a tree he cut down years ago after it was struck by lightning, our orange chairs are reclaimed vintage Eames 440 metal office chairs, other furniture is reused, reclaimed, or re-purposed as well.   We use biodegradable hot drink cups, recyclable lids, cup sleeves made from 100% recycled fiber that are biodegradable and recylable, reusable travel cups made from corn resin (instead of plastic), and fuel for our cars made from used cooking oil.  

Choices matter.

 We try to help the planet with ours.   

Enjoy your coffee!

Open Mic

The next open mic will be Thursday, Feb. 23rd from 7-10 pm.  We have a phenomenal piano accompanist, Mark Burnell, who coordinates the evening and will play any music you bring.  

When you arrive, give Mark your name and he'll add you to the performance list. Each performer sings one song at a time. We usually make it through the list several times though, so if you stay and enjoy the other singers, you will get a chance to sing a few times.  

If you don't want to sing, we'd still love to have you join us! 

We'll also have wine, craft beer, signature cocktails, paninis, flatbread, charcuterie, cheeseboards, and appetizer options - so come hungry!

Live Music
in January, we are taking a break from music in the evening to get ready for great performers in February... Can't wait to see you then!

Feb. 2, 2018
Anne & Mark Burnell

2 drink minimum. no cover.
7-10 pm
Feb. 9, 2018
Marianne Murphy Orland 

2 drink minimum. no cover.
7-10 pm
Feb. 16, 2018
Veronica Kott 

2 drink minimum. no cover.
7-10 pm
Feb. 23, 2018
Singers OPEN MIC!
with Mark Burnell on piano

2 drink minimum. no cover.
7-10 pm

What's on the Menu?

Here's just a sneak peek at some of what you'll find when you visit!

Cappuccino & Latte

Created as you like it, with your choice of milk - whole, skim, soy, almond, or coconut. 

Cold Brew

Brewed for us by Intelligentsia - amazing!

Gluten-Free Pastries

Gluten-free muffins and biscotti available and made by a local baker.

Fresh Baked Pastries

Pastries and cookies baked fresh in-house.


On Friday and Saturday evenings, choose from artisan meat and cheese boards sourced from family farms. 

Whole Beans

We offer several varieties of Intelligentsia freshly-roasted whole beans for you to take home. We are happy to grind them for you before you leave!

Contact Us


(708) 689-8896

7324 W. Madison
Forest Park, IL 60130