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Local Coffee Roaster Opens Shop in Logan Square & It's Ethical

Nourishment Journey, Chicago JourneyAnne Worth & Colleen Reilley BohmbachComment

We noticed a new coffee shop open on Fullerton Avenue near Kimball Avenue in Logan Square, and had to check it out.

It's called HalfWit Coffee Roasters, and in addition to being a large coffee shop, they do their own artisanal roasting three times a week.

You may have already tried their coffee, as they happen to be a partner to The Wormhole in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.

What's to like about HalfWit?

What we appreciate most about HalfWit is their ethical commitment to pay fair prices for their coffee. They note "we try to understand and respect our place in a global system, by learning about and visiting our partners at origin and always paying fair prices for coffee."

Their sourcing practices include requiring "two things: financial security in the form of fair prices, and social responsibility towards the people who work at the farms. We pay well above commercial prices, because we know that it directly impacts quality of life. Whenever possible, we visit farms, meet with producers, and get our hands and heads inside the work that is being done at the farm level. We utilize our partnerships with importers who have the resources to be on the ground when we can’t. In all matters, we attempt to get as much information as possible so that our decision to purchase a particular coffee is an investment we can stand behind, at the social, environmental, and quality level."

Additionally, their mission includes their efforts to "invest in the education of our partners with a comprehensive training program, centered on a holistic and evolving understanding of coffee, not just a mechanical overview."

Certainly practices we can support!

We are also loving Halfwit for offering:

  • Great tasting coffee drinks, including 3-6 roasts, and teas
  • Great tunes, including one of Colleen's favorite bands, Beach House
  • Lattes with almond milk, soy milk or coconut milk for our non-dairy drinking friends
  • Free WIFI
  • Great amount of seating for working
  • Gender-neutral bathroom
  • Minimalist space that's still comfortable
  • Self-serve water, snacks and cold beverages for sale

Want to try HalfWit Coffee?

You can visit HalfWit's new space in Logan Square at 3431 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647. Maybe you'll see us there too!

You can also try their coffee at The Wormhole in Wicker Park.

Additionally, you can purchase their coffee online, and we know HalfWit roasts to order to ensure that their "coffees arrive as fresh as possible" and is taste-tested before being approved for customers. They even offer coffee catering, coffee subscriptions, and a wholesale program.

Have you tried HalfWit Coffee Roasters? What did you think? What's your favorite coffee roaster in Chicago, and why?