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APR-MAY 2018

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Area–based Mokhtar Alkhanshali on his book tour to promote The Monk of Mokha, which is based on his life and written by Dave Eggers. What was the other stop? Metropolis Coffee Company, another roaster that paved the way early for specialty coffee in the Second City. Founders Jeff and Tony Dreyfuss, a father-and-son powerhouse, were both initially pulled into coffee in the Pacifi c Northwest: Jeff enjoyed coffee breaks after teaching classes at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Tony cut his teeth at Peet's in Portland, Ore. They opened the doors to Metropolis in 2003 in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, which is so far north of where I lived in college that any visit to Metropolis felt like a pilgrimage, like it was something quite special. In 2006, the city welcomed Ipsento Coffee, a mash up of two Latin words (ipse meaning "self," sentio meaning "to discover"). Ipsento is a roaster and retailer, and is working to open two shops in addition to its existing two shops in the next three years. The plan is crowdfunded investment in the hopes of inviting community members to participate in the company's vision. "I really believe that if we make investing a little bit more approachable, a lot of people will want to own a stake in their local coffee shop," CEO and founder Tim Taylor writes on his Wefunder webpage, designed to allow people to invest in his business. "I think the people in our neighborhood totally get what we're going for and would want to buy in. We want to be the premier community and employee-owned coffee shop." Other coffee businesses in Chicago have turned to crowdsourcing to get their start, too. Back of the Yards Coffee Company used Indiegogo as a platform for raising cash to start their café, which opened last year. Founded by Mayra Hernandez and Jesse Iñiguez, lifelong residents of the neighborhood, the goal was to create economic opportunity not just in their community, but also for farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, from which the company exclusively sources all of its coffee. Back of the Yards donates $1 You can tell just by the water bo les that Café Jumping Bean is a fun place to hang out in Pilsen. The menu features a range of drinks, from the more traditional to some whimsical off erings, and the substantial food options make it a popular lunch spot. Photo courtesy of Café Jumping Bean. 35 www.baristamagazine.com

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