Archive: Coffee Talk

When Coffee & Chocolate Meet

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 ...

Diner Coffee Backstory

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 ...

DIY French Press Cold Brew

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 ...

Our Curated Collections

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 ...

Campfire Latte

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, ...

Meet Pat!

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 ...

Meet Jessica

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 ...

The Grown-Up COVID-19 Time Capsule

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 ...

Taking Your Small Business “Curbside”

Above photo credit: Hannah Persson These are certainly interesting times to have opened a new coffee roastery and cafe! Watching stores close and experiencing social distancing when I do dare to venture out to buy groceries has been surreal to say ...

Light Vs. Medium Vs. Dark Roast Coffee

One of the most frequent questions people ask when we talk in our tasting lab is “what’s the difference between light and dark roast coffee?” or “which has more caffeine: light or dark roast?”  Generally speaking, darker roasts have been roasted ...