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Partner Spotlight: First Tee – Greater Chicago

Partner Spotlight: First Tee – Greater Chicago

By Isabella Gonzales First Tee – Greater Chicago, the non-profit that serves children ages 7 to 17 throughout Chicagoland, is using golf to teach life lessons and leadership skills. And Connect is partnering with the Morale Supply Co. to sell the Morale Blend — a medium-dark roast Guatemalan coffee whose profits help support First Tee – Greater Chicago’s effort in accomplishing those goals. Each pound of Morale Blend sold contributes one hour’s worth of programming for kids at First Tee – Greater Chicago. Through the sale of coffee and merch to date, Connect has funded more than 1,100 hours for kids...

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Connect Roasters Team Spotlight: Drew Kline

Connect Roasters Team Spotlight: Drew Kline

We are thrilled to have Drew Kline on the Connect team! Drew has been an asset to our company since he started last year. His biggest role falls under the umbrella of order fulfillment — making sure that our customers' expectations are met — but he's passionate about all parts of the coffee industry, including what happens at the farm level, thanks to his experience in Central America. We're excited about growing with Drew as he grows with us! What first got you interested in coffee?It probably wasn’t until my first time visiting a coffee-producing country that I even really liked the drink, honestly....

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Connect Roasters Team Spotlight: Erin Lain

Connect Roasters Team Spotlight: Erin Lain

We are so pleased to have Erin Lain a part of our team. Erin brings to Connect not only a desire to learn more about the nuances of coffee but also loads of experience as a barista. Like all members of our team, she contributes to our quality control process, and she plays an essential role in getting our product to our customers. She's a jack-of-all-trades, she cares a ton about building community and our company is better off for having her! What first got you interested in coffee?I first got interested in coffee because there were so many different ways to brew...

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Customer Spotlight: LoveALatte in Kankakee County, IL

Customer Spotlight: LoveALatte in Kankakee County, IL

Our partnerships span the globe but some of the most rewarding are those closest to home. One of those is LoveALatte, a nonprofit that uses coffee to provide post-high school job training for young adults with special needs. And they do it right in our own back yard, here in Kankakee County. Co-Directors Jennifer Carroll and Lori Grzelak work as special educators here, and they saw a need for more job training and employment opportunities for their students after they graduated from high school programs. "Although there are initiatives to assist this special population in our county," Jen says, "Our unique program...

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Connect Roasters Team Spotlight: Jordan Bergren

Connect Roasters Team Spotlight: Jordan Bergren

Jordan Bergren is a man of many talents. A Specialty Coffee Association-certified roaster, Jordan spends much time working next to our Diedrich IR-12 ensuring that each pound that goes in and out of the machine is roasted to our standards and those of our customers. But the value Jordan brings to our team extends well beyond roasting. Jordan plays an integral role in our quality control and is an expert when it comes to espresso and espresso machines. He's also passionate about education and is laying the foundation for what will become Connect's coffee education programming.  What first got you interested in coffee?I began...

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