Join The Hatchery for a conversation with some of Chicago’s finest coffee outfits! We’ll discuss the ever-changing, dependably successful Chicago coffee industry. More details coming very soon!
About the panelists:
Joshua Millman is the Founder & Owner of Passion House Coffee Roasters. Joshua first dove into coffee at the young age of 16 in Chicago – inspired by the Beatniks, he wanted to immerse himself in that community of artists sharing their knowledge and experiences. Working in coffee for over two decades, Joshua has experience with every aspect of the coffee industry. After being a barista in Chicago, he moved to San Diego where he helped open and manage a cafe in downtown. He then was recruited by the top roasting company in San Diego, Cafe Calabria. He roasted for them and managed their cafe for two years. He left San Diego to come back home and worked for Casteel Coffee Company. There he roasted, trained and then moved into sales. In 2011, Joshua laced up his boots and set out to build a Chicago coffee company with respect built into its DNA – beans treated with respect at every step from seed to cup and an inclusive attitude that welcomes others to take this journey along with us.
John Richards is the CEO of Kishr Tea. His career is highlighted by large CPG companies (PepsiCo, Kellogg’s and Wrigley) where he successfully developed, marketed and sold leading brands like Gatorade, Aquafina, Quaker Oatmeal, Doritos, Tostitos, Kellogg’s Cereals, Keebler Cookies and Crackers, Wrigley Gum and Tony Roma Ribs. John’s has a passion for truly innovative food and beverage products that combine great taste with healthy and functional benefits. Built on a 1,000 year old heritage, a unique formulation and a powerful sustainability story, Kishr Tea is uniquely positioned for continued success in the fast growing functional beverage space. Kishr is based on a 1,000 year Yemen beverage (Qishr) that utilizes coffee husks, ginger and other flavors. Today, we utilize the same husks (the coffee fruit) as our core ingredient. Kishr Teas deliver lower caffeine levels than coffee and ingredients that deliver great taste and functional benefits. Ro’s Beverages develops great-tasting, healthy beverages with the coffee fruit as our base ingredient.