Cor Coffee @ St. John Paul II Newman Center

University of Illinois Chicago

In 2019, exhausted by a string of flights and long trade show days, our founder Andrew Whaley stopped in to visit Fr. Connor Danstrom, a friend of Fr. Nick Blaha's who was pastor of the Newman Center at UIC. They toured the social hall at the center and discussed what it would take to make this space a home for all students of UIC. Andrew was tired and may have been a little more "prophetic" than usual, but Fr. Connor seemed to be on board. 


After some back and forth on the phone, and a podcast episode about the encounter, a concept began to emerge. A visit or two and a thousand text messages later, Cor Coffee was on it's way to reality. A bar was designed and built, covered with reclaimed wood, and topped with a sleek black granite surface. Affordable custom furniture with live edge wood and hairpin legs was built by a local artisan. After tasting several local roasters, Groundswell Coffee came on board with beautiful craft coffee and some shiny new equipment. Then, Covid 19 happened and things ground to a halt. (pun intended)


Now in Summer 2020, things are firing back up and nearing completion. Calix is just finishing the development of a great branding package for them, the menu is being finalized, a contankerous bar gun is about to finally submit to installation, and a training and launch event has been scheduled for August. Volunteers, FOCUS missionaries, and the good padre will be behind the bar pulling shots and changing lives. "Cor ad cor loquitur." If you want to donate or support this project, here is the link

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Farside Coffee/Northeast Catholic Collective

Minneapolis, MN

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Crux Coffee @ Wyoming Catholic College

Lander, WY


Shrine Coffee @ The Shrine of St. Joseph

Santa Cruz, CA

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Catholic Community of Flint, MI


Tolle Lege Coffeebar @ Augustine Institute

Greenwood Village, CO

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Calix Coffeebar, Cape Girardeau, MO

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