Journal

Chicago Day 1

It has been a long time since I explored coffee in Chicago.

 View from Navy Pier

View from Navy Pier

We drove into Chicago and hit traffic right away, but once we got sight of the skyline it was so worth it. While we were sitting there wondering what to do before night fall a buddy of mine who was working Coffee Fest told me to hit a throw down at Ipsento.

 Phil Hall at Coffee Fest

Phil Hall at Coffee Fest

We swooned over the views through the city and just couldn't believe we had made it this far in such a small amount of time. We found the place pretty easily in a part of town called Wicker Park where its a little more rural and parking was not a problem. 

 Single group Slayer at Coffee Fest

Single group Slayer at Coffee Fest

When we got in all the homies started to present themselves. The guys from Kansas City, St. Louis, and all over the country were excited to see us again. My friends from Slayer, Spotted Cow, and Acaia came out in stride.

 Phil lays it down at Best Coffee House Competition

Phil lays it down at Best Coffee House Competition

The atmosphere was electric and I was excited to see the Coffee Fest vibe and crowd which is different from the SCAA events that I am used to. It was there that we set up some of our visits for filming in the next couple days, got extra tickets to the event, and met some people we had only known through social media.

 Sump knows he is about to win first place at the Best Espresso Competition

Sump knows he is about to win first place at the Best Espresso Competition