Build-Outs Of Summer: Five & Hoek Coffee In Wheaton, IL

By aaron hoekstra, Amy Tromp, Build-Outs Of Summer, Cafes, Catracha Coffee, Diedrich IR12, Farmers Project, FETCO CBS 2142XTS, Five & Hoek, Hayley Movius, Illinois, Jeffrey Swider-Peltz, La Marzocco Linea Classic, Long Miles Coffee Project, Mahlkonig EK43, Marianella Baez Jost, North America, Places, Robb Davidison, Staff Picks, tyler fivecoat, USA, Wheaton

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Sometimes a build-out isn’t about creating something new, but giving a new look to something already in place. And that goes doubly true for today’s entry, Five & Hoek Coffee in Wheaton, Illinois. After starting in 2013 under the moniker River City Roasters, Five & Hoek had to reinvent themselves due to some legal issues with the previous name. Now six years later, the cafe and roastery is revamping their space with a brand new expansion.

With more room to spread, Five & Hoek will be adding a brunch menu into the mix as well as giving the old space an update with some comfy leather chairs to match its newer sibling. More space, comfy chairs, and brunch? Sign me up for a few hours please at the all-new but not entirely new Five & Hoek Coffee in Wheaton, Illinois.

The 2019 Build-Outs of Summer is presented by Pacific Barista SeriesnotNeutralKeepCup, and Mill City Roasters.

As told to Sprudge by Tyler Fivecoat.

For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?

We’re Five & Hoek. Most locals know us by our old name, River City Roasters. We had to make a name change for legal reasons and after a few months of not agreeing on a name, one of our owners, Erich, thought let’s name it after the other two owners? Tyler Fivecoat (that’s me) and Aaron Hoekstra which led us to “Five & Hoek.” We have been in Wheaton since 2013 and we are led daily by Beth Fivecoat who manages our staff and runs the cafe. Tyler handles the QC and roasting side of the business. Our company believes in building a brand that is focused on community starting with the farmer and ending with our cafe guests. This inspiration came from a trip to Assam, India where we wanted to bring their laid back village lifestyle of conversation over tea and biscuits to the states.

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Can you tell us a bit about the new space?

Our new space is an expansion of our current cafe in Wheaton, IL. We are doing this to offer our patrons additional seating including a custom built in birch wood bench with a gorgeous backdrop brick wall original to the building built in 1908, and to introduce a new brunch menu to compliment our coffee program. We are updating our current cafe by redoing the old grimy industrial floors in October exactly how we sanded and refinished the expansion floor. We have replaced all of our metal chairs with new wood and leather chairs, replaced all of our table tops, and gave our current cafe some fresh paint and new countertops. Our space is meant to be a safe place to build community, so our focus in our design and decor is to make it as comfortable as possible to our guests.

What’s your approach to coffee?

Our approach to coffee is to handle it with care the best we possibly can. We do this by having great relationships with the importers we work with, as well as carrying coffee year after year from the same producers. Our approach is to tell a story with our coffee by sharing the stories of the farmers we work with to our community and to carefully roast it in a way that reflects terroir and origin characteristics we’ve come to know and love. We have worked with a farm in Cundinamarca, Colombia directly for two years and have worked with Catracha Coffee in Honduras for four years and Long Miles Coffee Project in Burundi for four years. Our newest relationship coffee is with an amazing project in Costa Rica called Farmers Project through Marianella Baez Jost.

Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?

We have a La Marzocco Linea Classic, a Mahlkönig EK43 for drip and single origin espresso, FETCO CBS 2142XTS for our drip offerings. In the roaster we have a Diedrich IR12 and utilize a La Marzocco GS3 for pop-ups, caterings, and testing new coffees.

five and hoek wheaton illinois

five and hoek wheaton illinois

How is your project considering sustainability?

We approach sustainability mostly by not overcommitting ourselves. Right now we commit to the relationships we have so that we can pay at least 45% above Fair Trade minimum, which allows us to commit year after year to amazing coffee and encourages the farmers to grow incredibly tasting coffee. Our Honduras coffees from Catracha are grown using organic fertilizer that the farmers make themselves, and in Burundi Long Miles has a group called Coffee Scouts, which are primarily students just out of high school to have a job opportunity right away, that fight against the Potato defect. In the cafe we recycle as well as compost, save grain pro bags to share with Catracha, and give away our burlap for those seeking it in our community.

What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?

Late September 2019

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Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?

Our friend Dave Kral did all of our construction, Tyler handled all the interior design, and we worked with a few amazingly talented artists: Amy Tromp, Robb Davidison, Hayley Movius, and Jeffrey Swider-Peltz.

Thank you!

Oh no, thank you Sprudge 🙂

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Five & Hoek Coffee is located at 114 N Main St., Wheaton. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Everybody’s Coffee In Chicago Shares The Love

By Argyle Night Market, Cafes, chicago, Cornerstone Community Outreach, Everybody’s Coffee, Illinois, new gotham coffee community, North America, Rich Troche, Staff Picks, USA, Wilson Abbey, Women and Children First


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Everybody deserves great coffee. There’s no arguing that. Everybody’s Coffee, snuggled near Uptown Chicago’s bustling Sheridan Road, and breezy Lake Michigan herself, makes it their mission to ensure everyone feels welcome in their space while getting the great coffee they deserve. “Filter Coffee, Not People” regalia unashamedly adorns the walls and counters. A bowl of buttons reading “Everyone is Welcome” sits near the register. You may have seen the Everybody’s bicycle-driven coffee cart out and about town or at the Argyle Night Market held in the summer. And what may be the most special part of the cafe is a wooden plaque hanging near the door. Its purpose is simple: to share the love of coffee with those who are not able to obtain it for themselves.

The “Share the Coffee Love” board has been running just as long as the cafe has, a lively five years. Having an accessible way to encourage others to give back to the Uptown community was a priority for the cafe from the start. Patrons will simply order a drink to have written on the tiny tag and hang it on a nail to be claimed. The tags are cute and humorous: one reads “8oz Coffee for a Mom” and another, “Free Coffee for Someone Who Uses Reusable Bags!” This past holiday, a regular purchased $100 worth of drinks for the community. Rich Troche, one of the company’s founders, even offered a hand in writing out the many tags of espressos, cortados, coffees, what have you. The giving doesn’t stop at the customers, either—baristas are also given the option to donate their shift drinks to share the love.  Anything goes when sharing coffee love.

everybody's coffee chicago illinois

everybody's coffee chicago illinois

Troche is one of the shop’s four founders, each of whom shares a common vision to cement connection with the Uptown community and encourage everyone, from the baristas to the regulars, to give back to and take care of those around them. When the company began roasting offsite this past year, they did not hesitate to share the proceeds with their neighbor, Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), a non-profit organization that assists in finding housing and living necessities for individuals and families in need. In 2018 alone, CCO was able to accommodate over 300 homeless persons within their facilities and permanently house 27 families and 28 individuals. CCO also provides food for the hungry, specialized care for the elderly, and living necessities to low-income and/or unsheltered families.

“Because of CCO’s decades of dedication and the vast numbers of people whose lives have been changed by the services offered there, Everybody’s has partnered with them in their ventures,” says Troche. “Last year, we began to donate all proceeds from our hand (manual) brewed coffee, and this year we added on a donation for every pound of coffee we roast. This way proceeds from the cafe and roaster go straight back to Uptown. The more coffee we roast, the more we are able to support our neighbors in need.”

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Everybody’s is also the street-level face of the Wilson Abbey, an auditorium that works to host events with schools, churches, and businesses in Uptown and its surrounding neighborhoods. Down the hall are two event spaces, a large concert hall, and a black box. Among the organizations that use the Abbey are the Uptown Baptist Church, neighbor to the Abbey, and Women and Children First, a feminist bookstore. Coffee events are no stranger here, either, of course. In conjunction with the New Gotham Coffee Community, Everybody’s held The Great Lakes Coffee Showcase a few years in a row. In 2017, the Midwest Regional AeroPress Championship was also held here. Weaving Everybody’s into the constant flow of cultural events helps keep them connected to the heart of the Chicago community, even all the way Uptown.

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At the time of writing, Everybody’s was showcasing a collection of self-portraits by the Uplift Community High School. There’s no shortage of books signings, live music, and local artist events. Local writers’ groups, parenting clubs, and board game meetups consider this cafe the ideal spot. There is a seat here for everyone and a cup of coffee hanging on the wall for someone who needs some warmth in the chilly Midwest. Everybody’s Coffee walks the walk of a safe space where humans can connect in one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods.

Everybody’s Coffee is located at 935 W Wilson Ave, Chicago. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Casey Chartier-Vignapiano is a freelance journalist and coffee professional in Chicago. This is Casey Chartier-Vignapiano’s first feature for Sprudge.

Photos by Eric Perez for Sprudge

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Chicago: Crush The Rush Is Coming Your Way Friday

By Aligned Modern Health, caffe umbria, chicago, Crush the Rush, Dr. Steve Heffner, events, Illinois, la marzocco, Wire

Like the Guitar Hero version of Tom Sawyer set to Expert level, this Rush demands to be Crushed. Or since this is Chicago, maybe it needs to be Shellac’ed. Either way, the La Marzocco team competition is coming to the Second City tomorrow, August 23rd, and there’s still time to get involved!

Taking place at the Caffe Umbria roastery, Crush the Rush is essentially a coffee good time in the guise of a competition that pits teams of three against one another in hand-to-hand barista combat. Combat in this case comes via eight pristine drinks—no spills, no stains, just a perfectly made beverage—and the requisite “side work,” which could be anything really, all under the immense pressure of a time trial. After the time trial, a finals round will occur, and the team with the best shops will be crowned the Rush Crushers of Chicago.

But it’s not all go go go competition, Crush the Rush is so much more. Along with coffee and pastries as well as lunch provided by La Marzocco, attendees are welcome to take part in a barista ergonomics talk, “The Right Way To Stay Health Behind The Bar,” delivered by the Director of Physical Medicine at Aligned Modern Health, Dr. Steve Heffner.

Due to cancellations, competitor slots have re-opened for Crush the Rush Chicago, so if you’ve got two other quick-acting friends, you can sneak right and steal all the glory for yourselves. All you have to do is register via Eventbrite, which can be done here, all for free!

For those looking to Rush but maybe not so much Crush (read: compete), the whole shebang is completely free to attend and no tickets are required. La Marzocco does ask that you RSVP via the Facebook event page. It’s all going down tomorrow, August 23rd at Caffe Umbria’s roastery. For more information on Crush the Rush, check out La Marzocco’s official website, their Facebook event page, or the Eventbrite page.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

All images via La Marzocco

Disclosure: Sprudge is the official media partner of Crush The Rush.

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