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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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Connect Roasters Team Spotlight: Greg Rattin

Connect Roasters Team Spotlight: Greg Rattin

We are privileged to have on our team Greg Rattin: a coffee roaster, content creator and connoisseur of the finer things. Greg is a craftsman at heart, and his conscientiousness and attention to detail help us continue to improve our coffee roasting and quality control. He works hard behind the scenes to ensure that every pound of coffee that comes out of our Diedrich IR-12 roaster meets our standards and those of our customers. A jack of all trades, Greg also has great marketing instincts and contributes to what shows up on our social media channels. What first got you interested in coffee?I was just drinking some standard...

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Customer Spotlight: Cornerstone Coffee House in Peotone, IL

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Customer Spotlight: Cornerstone Coffee House in Peotone, IL

Cornerstone Coffee House recently opened at 124 W. Main St. in Peotone, Ill. — which is no small feat, given the restrictions currently in place due to the pandemic. But as we've learned over the last several months, Amy Seyller and Jim Williams are determined business owners who have overcome a number of obstacles to open their cafe in downtown Peotone, a village of about 4,000 people in southern Will County. "The community has showed up for us," Jim says, "and we just want to make sure we are doing the same for them." Now that the doors are open, Amy and Jim have plans...

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September Is Hunger Action Month. Here’s How Connect Roasters Is Helping.

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One in eight people in Cook County are food insecure, and organizations like the Greater Chicago Food Depository work hard to help feed them. But the COVID-19 pandemic has made the task more difficult that ever. Food pantries in GCFD's network are serving an average of 120% more people than they were pre-pandemic, Executive Director and CEO Kate Maehr says, and those in predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West Sides have been hardest hit by the combination of food insecurity and COVID-19. "I don't even have enough words in my vocabulary to describe what we've seen in the...

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