In 2018 Bridgeport Coffee will start our 14th year of business, moving from a single retail location to now three retail locations and a dedicated roastery. We have direct import relationships with several excellent coffee farms, and we also sell green beans to other roasters who appreciate our sourcing quality. Our coffees appear in the finest retail groceries and we also support a thriving wholesale business.
Bridgeport is a no-nonsense, unpretentious “get the job done” neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. This also reflects our attitude toward roasting: we care passionately about quality sourcing and superb flavor profiles, but not about the pretensions of specialty coffee. We are hardworking, down-to-earth people who do not compromise on roasting excellence. In 2011 our flagship location was named the #1 Coffeehouse in Chicago (a very crowded field) by TimeOut Chicago.
Our mission is to bring the highest quality of well-sourced beans to the greatest number of people — especially in our area of geographic focus, the South Side of Chicago. Our success has been the direct result of our farm relationships, our business and community relationships, our dedication to our employees, and our continuing quest for ever-greater technical excellence in sourcing and roasting. Our fluid-bed roasting facility means that our beans are roasted in air that moves instead of metal that can burn — offering a more sophisticated experience in every cup.
Our brand seeks a high level of corporate citizenship and community involvement. We named one of our roasts Bubbly Creek, after the polluted branch of the Chicago River that borders Bridgeport. Local customers were appalled that we had chosen this name — until they realized that a portion of the proceeds from every bag of Bubbly Creek coffee is donated to the Wetlands Initiative, which works to restore the natural environment of area wetlands and area waterways.
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Bridgeport In The Media
- Reappraising (And Exploring) Chicago's Underrated South Side (Frommer's)
- How to have the perfect day on Chicago’s South Side (Huffington Post)
- The 18 Best Coffee Shops In Chicago (Chicagoist)
- 15 spots to drink coffee now (TimeOut Chicago)
- YouTube Tour of the Bridgeport Coffee Roastery (Chicago Revealed)