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Our philosophy is simple; find coffee farmers, coffee importers and coffee enthusiasts that share the same passion for the art of coffee, and collectively create quality coffees. 

 

Passion House Coffee Roasters
2021 W Fulton St. Unit K105B Chicago, IL 60612

info@passionhousecoffee.com  
312-733-3998

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Passion House is a small batch coffee roaster and café. At Passion House, we strive to create balanced and complex coffees with our meticulous method of sourcing beans from farms around the world and roasting them by hand on a vintage 1957 German Probat cast-iron roaster.

Our goal is to produce nuanced, complex, and clean coffee while cultivating relationships with the farms. These relationships are rooted in understanding, knowledge, skill, service and mutual respect. We shoot for the stars when curating our menu, searching for the best coffees available at any given time, setting the expectations extremely high.  We specialize in strong relationships with the farms, traveling around the world to find the right beans from the right farms to get the right coffee.

 
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How did the Passion Start?

Passion House is a small-batch specialty coffee roaster who began roasting in 2011 in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.  Started by lifelong coffee professional Joshua Millman, our coffee is a marriage of passion and dedication.

Our philosophy is simple; find coffee farmers, coffee importers and coffee enthusiasts that share the same passion for the art of coffee; and collectively create quality coffees. Over the years, we have developed a deep passion and enormous amount of respect for the art of coffee. The amount of care, attention, and hard work that goes into producing quality coffee; getting it from the ground to the cup; is something we are very passionate about and take serious. Michael Kearby [Kurtis] is our sourcer and roaster. In addition to overseeing the whole roasting works, he invests a lot of time building relationships with farms and importers all over the world. 

 

PH Coffee: Three Genres

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Ambient

Available year-round, our Ambient coffees take you on a journey through multiple countries in a single cup. We meticulously design these offerings to fit a well-defined flavor profile. We take our blending seriously, seeing it as an opportunity to create something unique and amazing. Ambient coffee blends are from various origins and regions selected for their unique character not found in single origin coffees.

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Mainstream

Seasonal Single-Origin coffees known for their clean, bright, and floral flavors. Each coffee is roasted to the degree that highlights and compliments both cultivar and terroir. The terroir (altitude, soil conditions, shade, sun exposure and rainfall) combined with the coffee cultivar (genetic variety of coffee) produces flavor profiles unique to the region which the coffees are cultivated.

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Experimental

The coffees that make up our Experimental Genre are some of the most unique coffees anywhere in the world. These coffees are grown in small lots that have been developed, processed, or grown in a unique way that is unusual in the world of coffee. We have only limited volumes of these super special coffees.

 

 
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We believe in fostering relationships with growers who share our values and practice sustainable agriculture.

 
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Our People

 

Joshua Millman  |  Founder

 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. In 2011, Joshua laced up his boots and set out to build a 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. Hustling relentlessly, Joshua roasted, packed, and delivered every order that came into Passion House. As the company grew, his focus shifted to using his range of experiences to help his growing team of employees and wholesale customers achieve his vision for Passion House - providing a world-class experience for every single person in the coffee chain from farmer to consumer. Joshua is an avid Cubs fan and House music DJ who loves hanging out with his wife and two kids.

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. In 2011, Joshua laced up his boots and set out to build a 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. Hustling relentlessly, Joshua roasted, packed, and delivered every order that came into Passion House. As the company grew, his focus shifted to using his range of experiences to help his growing team of employees and wholesale customers achieve his vision for Passion House - providing a world-class experience for every single person in the coffee chain from farmer to consumer. Joshua is an avid Cubs fan and House music DJ who loves hanging out with his wife and two kids.

Kurtis  |  Master Roaster

 A coffee guru recognized throughout the specialty coffee industry, Kurtis leads Passion House’s green coffee buying and roasting program. As an avid fan of The Grateful Dead, and Phish Kurtis spent his formative years traversing the earth surface in the back of VW vans immersing himself in the American Culture one city at a time. Started his career as a barista in the middle nineties when cappuccinos were becoming as popular as grunge rock. Putting himself through college by working at various cafes Kurtis developed a true passion for coffee rather than criminology. After college the passion for coffee never left kurtis. Over the past few years Kurtis worked at various coffee shops until he settled in at Intelligentsia Coffee for nearly a decade working in production, roasting, Quality control, coffee buying and ultimately as roasting manager. He also sings lead vocals for a Death metal band and is a back up rapper in a hip hop gang.

A coffee guru recognized throughout the specialty coffee industry, Kurtis leads Passion House’s green coffee buying and roasting program. As an avid fan of The Grateful Dead, and Phish Kurtis spent his formative years traversing the earth surface in the back of VW vans immersing himself in the American Culture one city at a time. Started his career as a barista in the middle nineties when cappuccinos were becoming as popular as grunge rock. Putting himself through college by working at various cafes Kurtis developed a true passion for coffee rather than criminology. After college the passion for coffee never left kurtis. Over the past few years Kurtis worked at various coffee shops until he settled in at Intelligentsia Coffee for nearly a decade working in production, roasting, Quality control, coffee buying and ultimately as roasting manager. He also sings lead vocals for a Death metal band and is a back up rapper in a hip hop gang.

Sarah Fillmore  |  Head of Operations

 Discovering her passion for coffee shortly after moving to Chicago from Northern California, Sarah leads our quality control program in conjunction with our Director of Coffee Kurtis, tasting every single batch of coffee Passion House roasts to verify that it meets our exacting quality standards. She manages the coffee ordering and fulfillment process, ensuring that all wholesale customers have a seamless experience working with us. When not tasting coffee and executing world class customer service, you can find Sarah strolling around Chicago in search of new restaurants, cafes and adventures, or holed up at home with her husband, their dog, a dachshund - terrier mix, and rambunctious cat.

Discovering her passion for coffee shortly after moving to Chicago from Northern California, Sarah leads our quality control program in conjunction with our Director of Coffee Kurtis, tasting every single batch of coffee Passion House roasts to verify that it meets our exacting quality standards. She manages the coffee ordering and fulfillment process, ensuring that all wholesale customers have a seamless experience working with us. When not tasting coffee and executing world class customer service, you can find Sarah strolling around Chicago in search of new restaurants, cafes and adventures, or holed up at home with her husband, their dog, a dachshund - terrier mix, and rambunctious cat.

 
 

Aaron Cowens  |  Sales

 A coffee nerd who decided to take his passion into his work, Aaron is responsible for spreading the gospel about Passion House to our growing community of wholesale partners. Aaron loves to help set people up with everything they need to serve great coffee - education and training, equipment, and of course the best beans in Chicago! When not selling coffee, you can find Aaron cooking, enjoying one of Chicago’s many great restaurants and bars, or yelling at the TV watching Indiana Basketball.

A coffee nerd who decided to take his passion into his work, Aaron is responsible for spreading the gospel about Passion House to our growing community of wholesale partners. Aaron loves to help set people up with everything they need to serve great coffee - education and training, equipment, and of course the best beans in Chicago! When not selling coffee, you can find Aaron cooking, enjoying one of Chicago’s many great restaurants and bars, or yelling at the TV watching Indiana Basketball.

Janet Martinez  |  Accounting

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