The Daily Cup

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This homey-looking Edgewater coffee shop draws Loyola students in search of a caffeine buzz with locally roasted Dark Matter coffee and espresso. The young couple who runs the spot took a chance and emptied their savings accounts to create the space, where they cultivate a warm, relaxed vibe. Aside from coffee, the shop offers a rotating selection of homemade pastries (think bagels, cakes and cookies) along with lunchtime favorites such as peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwiches. Gelati and smoothies are available too. During the school year, students from the neighborhood cozy up by the fireplace for java-fueled cram sessions.