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A Guest Blog By Chef Rudy Galindo

This week, we’re so excited to have Chef Rudy Galindo join us as our Guest Blogger! Chef Rudy has been a local, private chef in Northern Illinois since 2015, and is a 2002 graduate of the Cooking Hospitality Institute of Chicago. He approaches food in three ways: flavor, technique, and artistry – which he believes is the perfect combination to let food entice all of the senses. He’s the author of Comfort Rustic Recipes, and enjoys sharing his love of …


Study after study has confirmed that there is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole—women and men alike— than one which involves women as central players. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, lower infant and maternal mortality or improve nutrition and promote health. When women are fully involved, the benefits can be seen immediately: families are healthier; they are better fed; their income, savings and reinvestment go up. And what is true o …


Hi Friends! 

We thought that it would be fun to share a little of the backstory to some of our coffee brands, since we don’t always get a chance to visit with each other these days. First up, is Ryan and Karen’s homage to the “greasy spoon” where they met and fell in love — Diner Coffee ™.

Like all small towns, our hometown of Sycamore, IL, had Kingsway Family Restaurant (now Parkway) with a coffee counter. The regulars came in at their set times and sat in “their” seats, both morning and …


Cold brew coffee is great — it has all the caffeinating and cooling properties of an iced coffee, but it’s brewed without any heat. Coffee grounds are soaked in cool water for several hours at a time to extract the rich coffee taste without the bitterness or acidity. The only downside? Cold brew takes time, about 8 hours to be exact!

The good news is that you can make it at home in your French Press— here’s how.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in a French Press

Cold Brew Recipe

6 oz. …


Hey Friends! 

It has been WAY too long since we have gotten to do our in-person coffee tastings in the shop.

We miss seeing your faces and enjoying all of our fun coffee conversations, especially helping our friends and fans discover new coffees to love. Thank you for continuing to shop local to support our small family business with our contactless curbside pick up. Since we roast all of our coffees right here in our downtown Sycamore location, we do have to keep our doors closed to the …


Alex from COROCO here! Our newest seasonal drink, the Campfire Latte & Campfire Iced Latte, was inspired by a recent trip in Northern Wisconsin I took with some good friends and family to camp and go whitewater rafting. While camping, my favorite part was the quiet mornings when I’d use an AeroPress™ to make my morning cup of Ambler™ El Salvador. I began to enjoy the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mixed with a little campfire smoke in the air and quickly fell in love with the combination. …


Pat’s background sounds a lot like a game of two truths and a lie: he started out his working life at age 15, working at Blockbuster Video (Kids, ask your parents), he then went to school for Broadcasting, in an odd turn of life events, he then toured around as a rapper for a short period. Pat has prior coffeeshop experience and loves working the espresso bar.

Pat has only lived in the area for the past 6 years (or so, he cannot remember), but has grown to love the downtown Sycamore area …


Meet Jessica! Born and raised in the Midwest, Jess has been a Sycamore resident since 2006. Jessica started her professional career at sixteen in crystal lake at a locally owned custard shop. It was there that her love and passion for combining unique flavors, while giving the experience of stellar “small town service” began. Having spent the last eight years at a popular local downtown restaurant, Jessica has been enjoying seeing so many familiar faces around the shop! When not preparing and …


Who has tried to make “Dalgona” (whipped coffee) at home? It’s basically sugar, instant coffee, and hot water (and a lot of labor if you don’t have a stand mixer). The name is derived from dalgona, a Korean sugar sweet, due to the resemblance in taste and appearance, though most dalgona coffee doesn’t actually contain dalgona.

Since the whipped coffee craze has swept the virtual world, we had see if we could make a version from our own brewed coffee. With brewed coffee, we just made it …


We’re all living through a really unique time. Staying home, staying healthy, and keeping others safe are the priorities right now, but we get there is a big change to everyone’s realities! We also get that it helps right now to have a little fun, and document what we’re going through.

Kids are getting the chance to document their stay-at-home experiences with cool time capsules, so we thought – why can’t grown-ups have the same fun? That’s why we created our own version of the grown-up …