Abacus Coffee Roasters

Chicago, IL

Founder Brian Frain has honed his craft over the last 22 years under such world-class roasters as Intelligentsia and Bowtruss. Abacus wholesales out of its roastery in Chicago's trendy West Loop neighborhood.
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Brian has been involved in coffee since 1996. In Kalamazoo, MI, he trained baristas at Water Street Coffee Joint until he and friends opened a not-for-profit arts collective called The Space in 2001. Frain managed the coffee bar, which paid the rent on the 1,800 square foot facility that housed a 70-seat theater, a 300-person capacity music venue, an art gallery and more. In 2003 he founded Rocket Star Coffee Shop on Western Michigan’s campus. From 2004 to 2008, he consulted on a variety of small town coffeehouses/programs in Sturgis, Three Rivers and Allegan Michigan. In September of 2008, he moved to Chicago to work under World Barista Champion Michael Phillips in East Lakeview at Intelligentsia’s flagship location on Broadway. Brian managed the Monadnock Intelligentsia on Jackson in the Loop before accepting a position running Wholesale for new coffee roaster Bow Truss in 2012. From 2013 to 2014 he also served as Director of Operations for the company before leaving to start Abacus in the summer of 2015. Sourcing, roasting, serving and drinking coffee are a lifelong passion of Brian’s, and he and the rest of the Abacus team are thrilled to offer delicious coffees to wholesale customers throughout the Chicagoland area and beyond!