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2021 W Fulton St. Unit K105B
Chicago, IL 60612
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Huehuetenango Guatemala Ocelot

Joshua Millman

We are super excited to finally be releasing our newest coffee Ocelot out into the wild. The highly anticipated Ocelot is a pleasant addition to our family. This coffee completely surprised us at the cupping table and exceed our expectations for a coffee from this region. This is why we had to purchase it. It hails from a family-owned estate located within the municipality of Santa Cruz Barillias, in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala.

The farm, which sits at about 1500masl,  produces a unique mix of varieties from the rust resistant Sarchimor hybrid, and dwarf Caturra (a bourbon mutation which comprises 80% of the harvest) which are two distinctly Guatemalan cultivars. The original Pache variety was a naturally occurring Typica variation first observed in Guatemala, and has since spontaneously crossed with Caturra for a hybrid with nicer flavor and larger cherries.  Then there’s Anacafe 14, a naturally occurring hybrid of Pacamara and Catimor with high rust resistance, short stature, and large fruits.  All the coffee is fully washed after depulping and fermenting then dried in the sun. 

Named after the playful nocturnal feline the Ocelot which is unique in it’s own right, this coffee coffee’s complexity transcends through all brew methods.  Among its hallmarks are a great sweetness that persists throughout, a rush of fresh fruit flavors like kiwi, peach, and orange with an array of florals somewhere between rose and rosemary.  This coffee will continue to progress and impress and we look forward to follow it in its journey.

Bump and Grind Series

Joshua Millman

At Passion House we know it takes a collective effort to craft quality coffee. Building strong relationships with our community enables us to learn, grow and prosper. Whether it's the farmers we source our beans from, an importer that helps us bring in coffee, cafe owners that serve our coffee, or an individual at home, we know that partnerships are integral to our success. We started the Customer Spotlight Series to highlight some of our key partners in the pursuit of the perfect cup and talk about how their relationship with Passion House is important.

Series One: Portage Grounds Coffee and Tea

5501 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641) Portage Grounds goes above and beyond to serve quality coffee, and provide impeccable customer service with a rock star staff. They also provide a great environment for the community to gather. Not only does he own Portage Grounds, but Robert is also a Chicago Police Officer and we'd like to thank him for his service.

On to our bump and Grind. Here is our Q and A with Robert

PHCR: What inspired you to open your cafe?

RQ: The lack of amenities or a cool place to hang out in the community.  After a walk in the park across the street from where Portage Grounds now exist, Kerrin and I would have to jump in our car and drive to Logan Square for a good cup of coffee.  

PHCR:  When no one is looking, what’s your favorite coffee drink?

RQ: Cappuccino.

PHCR: What’s your favorite band?

RQ: Don’t go there, I'm a big R&B guy.  I don't have a favorite band that I can claim.  But if I really had to it would be Green Day.

In this first installment we are putting the spotlight on Portage Grounds Coffee and Tea in Irving Park. Portage Grounds is definitely a must stop if you are looking for quality coffee with an amazing atmosphere.

Opened in 2012 by Robert Quezada (located at across from Portage Park at

Robert Quezada, owner of Portage Grounds

Robert Quezada, owner of Portage Grounds

PHCR: What's your Unique approach to coffee at your cafe?

RQ: So Portage Park is a transitioning neighborhood with a diverse demographic. One one side there isn't a community-gathering place or a place the community can call their own. On the other side there isn't a cool place to craft coffee. Portage Grounds brings a place like something you would find in the "cool" neighborhoods. Short answer would be to bring a community space the neighborhood can enjoy.

PHCR: What's your favorite part working with Passion House?

RQ: I love how approachable doing business with PH is. I don't have to go through the red tape system other businesses have. Josh is one text away from saving me from catastrophe and it's like doing business with your best friend.

 

Portage Grounds Coffee and Tea

5501 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

Open: M-F 6am-7pm|Sat-Sun 7am-7pm