Uppers & Downers 2016 in Chicago.
We talk to Intelligentsia founder Doug Zell and Peet’s CEO Dave Burwick.
Peet’s brews on with Intelligentsia under its belt.
Cafes off the park.
“What’s up with the name of that cafe?” A new feature on Sprudge series asks exactly that.
When you go out for an adult libation in Chicago, you take part in a kind of living history; this city and its drinking culture have been enthusiastically intertwined for centuries. Today’s modern Chicago is enjoying a new golden age of cocktails and beer, coupled with a robust coffee culture fueling the work of the […]
Kevin Ashtari’s first roaster was a drum attached to a rotisserie motor that tumbled beans over a barbecue grill. How did that first batch turn out? “Burnt,” he says. “Set the beans on fire and burned a hole right through the drum.” Undiscouraged, Ashtari hunkered down to figure out this roasting thing. Four attempts later he […]
Metric Coffee Co., one of the latest additions to the Chicago coffee roaster scene, was born—like many great ideas—from conversations over tacos and beer at Big Star. And like many great ideas, it started as almost something else entirely. Despite that, the company—a partnership between Xavier Alexander, former senior roaster and quality control specialist for Intelligentsia Coffee, and […]
Depending on whom you ask, it may seem odd for a business with bicycles in its name to be known for their craft coffee. Or, really, it might just make perfect sense. In 2012, after a stint establishing a hand-crafted bicycle company in Queens, New York, fifth-generation-Chicagoan Michael Salvatore moved back to his roots and […]
Last week we shared with you on a series of incidents involving Bow Truss Coffee’s new location in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The story largely played out in comments wars—not exactly the most useful way to understand this story’s complex context. To dig deeper, Sprudge Chicago reporter Eric Perez spent time drinking coffee, taking photos, and […]
And so it was that on January 25th, 2015 I flew from Portland, Oregon (a coffee and beer mecca) to Chicago, Illinois (also a coffee and beer mecca) for the first-ever Uppers & Downers Festival of Coffee Beers. It was cold outside, but inside the warmth of Thalia Hall some 500+ beer enthusiasts gathered for a truly […]
Last year, Bow Truss Coffee expanded to the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Now, anti-gentrification posters are being pasted over their window.
Good Beer Hunting, a popular online beer culture digest and brand consultancy, have teamed with our partners at Intelligentsia Coffee for a series of beer + coffee events, dubbed “Uppers + Downers”—we reported on the first such event in the fall of 2013. This year, Uppers + Downers is back again for its biggest event […]
Eileen P. Kenny is the talented photographer and writer behind the coffee web’s premiere interview magazine, Birds of Unusual Vitality. She is also Sprudge.com Melbourne desk, and we recently partnered with her to publish Birds of Unusual Vitality Vol. 2, a compilation of engaging interviews with coffee folk from around the globe. This book is now available […]
You are beautiful. This message, a campaign of sorts from Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman, is front and center at the new Bow Truss Coffee Roasters cafe, slated to open in a few short weeks in the Pilsen neighborhood. We think Bow Truss’ new space is beautiful, too. Bow Truss will celebrate its two-year anniversary at the new […]
That modern new apartment building you see at the corner of West Division Street and North Ashland Avenue? It’s home to Chicago’s newest Intelligentsia cafe. Designed by Danny Wicke of noted Chicago architecture firm Wheeler Kearns Architects, the space stands in tall contrast to the more historic architecture of neighboring buildings. The intentionally abstract placement of exterior windows […]