both local (cut costs on gas, supporting community, etc.)
local, artisan cheeses (cut costs on gas, supporting community, etc.)
Goose Island (soda), Filbert’s (soda, sparkling water, nirvana green planet water), Sprecher (soda)- local
organic tea options. http://www.mightyleaf.com/social-responsibility
Time Out Chicago Best Local Coffee Roaster 2011.
Direct Trade- e. Intelligentsia travels to our coffee’s source each of the 12 months of the year. We visit farms, roll up our sleeves, and get to it. We take 24-hour redeye flights and 10-hour, high-altitude pick-up rides over serpentine roads. You pick up our coffee and we shake the hand of a farmer in Peru. Or Rwanda. Or Guatemala. And when you see the Intelligentsia Direct Trade logo on our bag, you know how much effort is invested in each bean.
In the broadest terms, these coffees should be understood as a true collaboration, with both sides investing a great deal of time, energy and ideas to produce something great. At the end of this process, the coffee farmer who grows an award-winning cup is an artisan, and should be regarded as such. We believe human effort is the most critical factor in quality coffee and that the growers who do the best work should get the best price and individual recognition.
De Mill Swiss, De Mill Feta, De Mill Cheddar- Weyuwega, Wisconsin
BelGioiso Mozzarella, BelGioiso Parmesan- Denmark, Wisconsin
Davis Creek, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Jones Dairy Farm, Atkinson, Wisconsin
Bennison Bakery- Evanston, IL
as local as possible (weekly updates from farms via Midwest Foods)