We have some exciting news! If you love Infusco and you’ll be in Chicago this weekend, be sure to stop by and see us at Navy Pier!
The 21st annual SOFA Chicago will be held November 6-9, and Infusco will be serving coffee for the 30,000 person event. SOFA (Structural Objects Functional Art) is a series of lectures, events, and galleries from fourteen different countries. It’s one of the world’s largest international art fairs. Just for this event, we’ll be roasting 400 pounds of coffee and 160 pounds of espresso. It’s going to be a crazy time of serving two places at once – Chicago and Sawyer! We even bought two brand new espresso machines just for the event.
We’re really excited about this opportunity, and hope that you’ll come see us if you’re in Chicago this week!
Last month Infusco held it’s first Coffee Cupping in the shop, and it was a great success! Ticket buyers had a great time exploring the look, feel, and flavor of many different coffee beans and blends. If you came out for this fun evening, Infusco thanks you! If not, be sure to join us next time!
Between rounds of coffee tasting, Jeff and Tammi Brown shared about the work they will be doing in Costa Rica, which the coffee cupping helped to support. Ronny and Kari Silva also shared what they will be doing when they return to Peru. You can learn more about both families and their goals in our previous post.
Everyone in attendance was invited into the back room of the shop, where all of Infusco’s beans are roasted. Rich fired up a batch and showed examples of the coffee beans when they are received from the farms, before they are roasted.
After roasting, the beans turn a lovely brown, which was seen at the counter in both whole bean and ground forms during the cupping.
One lucky winner took home an Infusco shirt and diner mug, both of which are for sale in the coffee shop, and every one enjoyed these delicious snacks and desserts from Bit of Swiss Bakery.
If you’ve been to visit our shop in Sawyer (and if you haven’t you should!) you might have noticed these fun shirts for sale on the merchandise table. For those who don’t know what they are, aside from the impression of a man’s hairy face, the message of these shirts is to Support Locally Grown Facial Hair. A clever play on words, these shirts make a great conversation starter for anyone who wears them!
On a serious note, the creator of these shirts, Wade, was recently in a bad work-related accident. He’s going to be out of commission for a bit. Wade is a great friend of Infusco, so we’d love it if you came over and took some of his merchandise home! If wearing eyebrows and a beard on your shirt isn’t your thing, Wade also hand carves wooden rings which are also available in the Infusco shop.
So next time you stop in for coffee, Support Locally Grown Facial Hair, too, and bring some good news to a friend of a friend.