Passion House Coffee Roasters (2631 N. Kedzie Ave.) has made headlines as a progressive and unique coffee shop with a remarkable assortment of loose-leaf tea. Not only does Passion House offer tea, robust coffee, and tasty snacks but it also has a strong commitment to social justice, which is evident in their mission.
“Passion House is a lifestyle brand that connects people, community, earth, music, and strives to be the most customer-centric coffee company, said owner Joshua Millman. “We create an experience of feeling cultivated, innovative, quality driven, [and] passion forward, all through the beautiful seed we call coffee. We are a purpose-driven coffee company.”
This coffee shop is authentically living out their mission through multiple collaborations with justice-oriented organizations this summer such as Equality Illinois and Veteran Roasters.
Starting June 1, Passion House Coffee Roasters is launching their partnership with Equality Illinois for an indefinite period of time. If you buy a 12-ounce bag of single origin Papua New Guinea Sigiri Estate beans, 50 percent of the proceeds will benefit Equality Illinois. This special edition bag “features a delicious product (think dark chocolate and red fruits) from a country that is notorious for its inequality and benefits an organization whose mission is to champion equality,” according to the press release.
According to Millman, this partnership illustrates Passion House’s commitment to global diversity and resisting global and local inequality. They chose Papua New Guinea because they feel it is one of the most inequitable countries in the world. Millman expressed his excitement and passion for this collaboration.
“This is a direct trade coffee. The quality of this coffee is amazing and our hope is that by being a direct coffee, we can give more money directly to the farm to help strengthen their community.”
The coffee will be for sale on their website and in their cafes; they hope to make it available at other locations throughout Chicago and Illinois soon.
Passion House also cares deeply about LGBTQ+ rights. Millman sees Chicago as being at the center of diversity in the Midwest and this partnership with Equality Illinois is a means of bringing more access and opportunities for all people, he said. In addition to their coffee bean partnership, they are also sponsoring an annual brunch gala fundraiser with Equality Illinois on June 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Venue West (221 N. Paulina St.) with an assortment of bloodies, mimosas, awards, a moving presentation from Annise Parker (President and CEO of Victory Fund, Former Mayor of Houston, and First Openly LGBTQ Mayor of a Major American City), drag entertainment, and beats by DJ Zel at $29 a ticket. More information can be found here.
In another positive word about the coffee company, Passion House is joining forces with Veteran Roasters. Veteran Roasters, which was supported by Cubs manager, Joe Maddon, is an organization committed “to every military veteran, especially those who have struggled when returning home. By hiring homeless and chronically unemployed vets, which Passion House helps train, Veteran Roasters provides them with a new skill set and living wage to get them back on their feet. As their tagline says: They were on the ground for us. Buy some grounds for them,” said the press release.
The owner of Veteran Roasters, Mark Doyle, had contacted Millman about partnering up about a year ago, evolving the partnership. Over Memorial Day weekend, Passion House hosted a special promotion with the organization’s signature Veteran Roasters Cup O’ Joe coffee. Throughout Memorial Day weekend, every active military or veteran guest who stopped in at the cafe was eligible to receive a free cup of Veteran Roasters coffee. Passion House is also selling a special Veteran Roasters package featuring a bag of beans and a camouflage t-shirt for $22. Guests can show their military card/ID in order to be eligible for the promotion.
The veterans who are part of the roastery are “learning about coffee, tasting coffee, making cold brew and filling bags [every day]. It’s a joy having them around,” Millman said. So if you are looking for a cozy, intricately prepared cup of coffee with a side of social justice, Passion House is your coffee shop to be at this summer.
The lessons and gratitude slide both ways—the coffee shop would not be able to thrive and grow its social justice mission without the local support. Millman said he is grateful for the community here.
“We would like to thank the Logan Square community for being increasingly welcoming to us. We are committed to being purpose driven and collaborating with other like-minded businesses and individuals.”