Bow Truss is a collective of veteran coffee professionals, coming together for the first time to create our ideal roasting company. Our coffees are curated and roasted in our roasting house in Lakeview, Chicago.
Bow Truss is an independent coffee roaster based in Chicago, IL. We bring together world-class roasters and coffee professionals to make specialty coffee more approachable. The space at 2934 Broadway is our first roasting facility to primarily supply local restaurants and coffee shops. Our cozy coffee bar located in the front of the space, is welcoming to residents in the community who are interested in learning about our coffee offering, roasting process, and brewing methods.
Roast on Demand. We roast to order, ensuring that our beans are always as fresh as humanly possible.
Be Picky About Purchases. Needing large quantities of coffee often means compromising quality. Simply put, the best beans usually come from the smallest crops. Because we don’t need 10,000lbs for our espresso, we don’t need ‘filler’ beans to meet our orders.
Know Our Customers By Name. We’re all in this together. Customers will often find our roasters, trainers, and even owners visiting the bar. Our reputation is everything to us, and we understand that retail relationships are the key to maintaining it.
Buy the Best Beans Out There. In addition to our relationship with marquee importer Café Imports, we’re in the process of establishing several Direct Trade relationships in countries such as Colombia, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.
Meet the Highest Service Standards. Our staff has trained the best cafes and restaurants in the United States. We strive to pair that standard of excellence with an approachability rarely found in specialty coffee. You won’t find coffee snobs behind our bar.
Keep Things Moving. Our bars are minimal and our staff is well-trained. This means we’re largely self-sufficient. No waiting on broken espresso machines or third-party maintenance men.
Of all the challenges in starting a coffee roastery, the most difficult (but enjoyable) is selecting a coffee lineup. It’s not simply a matter of choosing ‘good’ coffees. It is important for us to have a diverse, unique lineup that can please a variety of tastes without compromising the distinct flavors of a single offering.
We spend a great deal of care and time in selecting new coffees to add, and enjoy working with small estates, and directly with farmers to bring you incredible offering.