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Tradecraft Outfitters

Tradecraft Outfitters We work in partner with craft coffee roasters & specialty tea brands to provide a full suite of beverage programs to hotels, restaurants, & cafe's.

At Tradecraft, we provide culinary-quality coffees and teas, wrap them in a full equipment and support solution, to drive business results for hospitality, food service, cafes, grocery and office customers. Our niche in the marketplace is to flawlessly execute the very best coffee and tea programs in the country. We attract the best specialty partners because of our unmatched expertise. We value e

At Tradecraft, we provide culinary-quality coffees and teas, wrap them in a full equipment and support solution, to drive business results for hospitality, food service, cafes, grocery and office customers. Our niche in the marketplace is to flawlessly execute the very best coffee and tea programs in the country. We attract the best specialty partners because of our unmatched expertise. We value e

Operating as usual

09/22/2021
Home-Brewing Adventures

As #NationalCoffeeDay is approaching quickly, we wanted to share again with you this educational video from our expert educator, Ashley, on how to make home-brewed drip coffee!

09/20/2021
National Coffee Day

We love turning everyday moments into something special. Tradecraft Outfitters is a one-stop solution distributing craft coffee and specialty tea with the equipment, training, service, and accessories needed to deliver memorable moments. Learn more at www.tradecraft.me.

09/16/2021
Chicago Scene at Metropolis Coffee Roasterie

Love seeing our coffee roaster partners featured. Check out this highlight on Metropolis Coffee Company by Chicago's local WGN Morning News, including a virtual roasting tour!

On the 20th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers in NYC, today we remember all the lives lost, their families, a...
09/11/2021

On the 20th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers in NYC, today we remember all the lives lost, their families, and the brave heroes who were there that day. #NeverForget

We're Hiring! Do you love educating? Do you love coffee? Our Educator and Cafe Consultant will uphold Tradecraft’s visio...
09/10/2021

We're Hiring! Do you love educating? Do you love coffee? Our Educator and Cafe Consultant will uphold Tradecraft’s vision to give our customers the tools to create a successful coffee program through education, hands-on training, and continuous support. Learn more at bit.ly/TCOEducator.

A specialty coffee program should be an integral part of your hospitality business, supporting a high-quality experience...
08/30/2021
Coffee Selection for Your Craft Beverage Program - Craft Coffee & Tea Distributors - Tradecraft Outfitters

A specialty coffee program should be an integral part of your hospitality business, supporting a high-quality experience for your guests all the way through to the end of the meal. A 2021 National Coffee Association survey shows a higher percentage of specialty coffee drinkers in afternoon and evening dayparts, underscoring the need to offer a variety of specialty coffee beverages in venues that operate in those times.

Read more in our latest blog post for criteria in selecting the right coffee partner for your business.

Need help setting up an end-to-end beverage program solution with carefully vetted coffee/tea, equipment support, and training? We do all of that so you can focus on providing the very best hospitality experience to your guests, right down to the cup of coffee with their dessert, the great finish that will bring them back time and again.

A specialty coffee program should be an integral part of your hospitality business, supporting a high-quality experience for your guests all the way through to the end of the meal. A 2021 National Coffee Association survey shows a higher percentage of specialty coffee drinkers in afternoon and eveni...

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Hyatt Alila Napa Valley on their morning coffee experience for gues...
08/26/2021

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Hyatt Alila Napa Valley on their morning coffee experience for guests at their coffee bar. This is such a beautiful property and a great place to grab a cup of Red Bay Coffee.

08/21/2021

We are loving the new features in the Mazzer grinder line - both have aesthetic upgrades and some exciting functional improvements. Most notably, users are now able to access the grinder chamber for cleaning without using their grind setting. Additionally, there is an improved user interface with more robust usage statistics!

We are thrilled to see this new equipment from La Marzocco USA. We appreciate the updated electronics that allow for on-...
08/09/2021
GB5 S - Superior temperature control - La Marzocco USA

We are thrilled to see this new equipment from La Marzocco USA. We appreciate the updated electronics that allow for on-board testing of valves, allowing the technician to determine if a component is faulty without opening the machine and disconnecting the wires for diagnostics, saving both the technician and the client valuable time.

The GB5 S also adds built-in water quality monitoring capabilities, allowing techs a window into how well filtration is performing without disconnecting the machine from its water source and collecting samples for testing.

Finally, this machine features the same easy-rebuild steam valves that debuted on the KB90. These valves cut down significantly on the time it takes to complete preventative maintenance, with steam valve rebuilds being the most time-consuming task on the original GB5.

Equipped with a CPU board, the La Marzocco GB5 combines gracious lines and harmonious curves with powerful technological advancements

07/23/2021

We tried some Smith Teamaker refreshing summer tea cocktails with a sophisTEAcated flair. This week, Rebecca walks us through the drink building of Smith's Tropical Summer Iced Tea in the video. Smith Tea's full recipe below.

Ingredients:
.50 oz unaged cachaca
.75 oz Aperol
1 oz Lillet Rose
.75 oz Smith Big Hibiscus tea syrup (see notes)

Instructions:
1. Add all ingredients into a shaker tin with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
2. Strain into a coupe glass.
3. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.

Notes:
To make Big Hibiscus tea syrup: Bring 12 ounces of freshly drawn filtered water to a boil in a medium saucepan and remove from heat. Add Big Hibiscus iced tea sachet and steep for 5 minutes. Remove sachet and add 4 cups of sugar. Stir until dissolved and add 20 oz of filtered water. Bottle, date, and refrigerate.

Welcome Jeff Batchelder to the Tradecraft Team! ☕📕⁠⁠Jeff first began working as a barista in 2001 but took a deep dive i...
07/20/2021

Welcome Jeff Batchelder to the Tradecraft Team! ☕📕⁠

Jeff first began working as a barista in 2001 but took a deep dive into the world of specialty coffee in 2008 and hasn’t looked back since. Having worked as an educator for two of the most influential craft coffee roasters – Intelligentsia Coffee Co. and Counter Culture Coffee – he's worked alongside world-class baristas and green coffee buyers, while also having the opportunity to train hundreds of baristas over the years.⁠

Equipped with a finely tuned palate and a calm demeanor, Jeff helps baristas to improve their skills by assessing where they are and helping them discover avenues to level up their skillsets. When not tasting coffee, he likes to camp, hike, or grab a drink with friends – but he also appreciates a nice, quiet evening in his home in Denver. ⁠

We are excited to have such a seasoned coffee professional join the team. Welcome, Jeff! 👏⁠

We're excited to see more businesses reopening to 100%. We got to spend some time with the folks at Coco and Blue Café f...
07/19/2021

We're excited to see more businesses reopening to 100%. We got to spend some time with the folks at Coco and Blue Café for a barista refresh training.

Coco & Blu is a must-stop when in Arlington Heights, IL! Hang out all day with a delicious cup of Dollop Coffee Company made on their beautifully blue espresso machine, and then enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail in the evening. 🥂

Happy #NationalIceCreamDay! Treat yourself to a cool, caffeinated delight - matcha affogato. 🍵🍦 Our barista training tea...
07/16/2021

Happy #NationalIceCreamDay! Treat yourself to a cool, caffeinated delight - matcha affogato. 🍵🍦 Our barista training team recommends coconut milk ice cream, if you have it.

Ingredients:
1 tsp matcha powder
2 oz hot water
1 scoop (6 oz) ice cream

Preparation:
add matcha powder to bowl
add hot water
whisk powder and water together until frothy and free from lumps.
pour prepared matcha over your scoop of ice cream & ENJOY!

We are thrilled to see more tradeshows coming back. During June’s Coffee Fest San Antonio, we asked some of our roaster ...
07/15/2021

We are thrilled to see more tradeshows coming back. During June’s Coffee Fest San Antonio, we asked some of our roaster partners to share their experience!

Jason Cain from Greater Goods Coffee Co. emphasized the importance of trade shows as a networking event. “It’s always great to be able to interface with colleagues and make new connections! It goes a long way towards building camaraderie in our industry. They are also quite useful for keeping up to date with new equipment offerings.” Having the chance to connect or re-connect with folks in-person post pandemic reaches a new depth of meaning for us all these days.

Christi Bond from Independence Coffee Co. compared 2021 Coffee Fest to other years, saying it “felt small and connected, not rushed and very laid back and energetic at the same time. Everyone was excited to be there, out in the world again enjoying coffee the way you are supposed to.” Christi said they were asked to showcase their products at the Texas Trail booth. Also, very exciting to hear Christi was invited to be a panelist on the Entrepreneur Panel for starting your own coffee business. She says, “that was an honor, as I love sharing our experiences over the years with other aspiring entrepreneurs.”

Mike Miller from Dillanos Coffee Roasters shared, “Coffee Fest San Antonio was a blast! It was super fun reconnecting in-person and living out our mission to Help People, Make Friends and Have Fun! Can’t wait for Coffee fest Atlanta on July 15th and 16th! Stop by booth #702, try some of our brand new amazing Dillanos shelf stable ready to drink cold brew and say Hi.”

We look forward to catching up with more folks at the live coffee events coming up!

Pleased to be working with Alien Donuts in Scottsdale, AZ. Now you can grab some Cult Artisan Beverage Co. espresso drin...
07/14/2021

Pleased to be working with Alien Donuts in Scottsdale, AZ. Now you can grab some Cult Artisan Beverage Co. espresso drinks, cold brew, and botanical teas with some out of this world donuts.

Tradecraft Service Tech Training in San Diego with new trainees! We had the opportunity to install, calibrate, and go ov...
07/13/2021

Tradecraft Service Tech Training in San Diego with new trainees! We had the opportunity to install, calibrate, and go over periodic maintenance and emergency service for Nuova Simonelli and La Marzocco espresso machines. We dialed in the Mazzer grinder to Tradecraft spec and tasted some delicious Cafe Moto espresso blend.

Hot tip for a cool, refreshing menu item: Cold brew your iced tea directly in your operation's tea chiller overnight. Do...
07/09/2021

Hot tip for a cool, refreshing menu item: Cold brew your iced tea directly in your operation's tea chiller overnight. Do you need equipment for the coffee and tea programs in your business? Learn more about our programs at tradecraft.me!

Whether your customers prefer their tea green, dark, or somewhere in between, water quality and the ability to dial into...
07/05/2021
How to Brew The Perfect Cup of Tea

Whether your customers prefer their tea green, dark, or somewhere in between, water quality and the ability to dial into the appropriate water temperature is just as important as the quality of the tea you are providing. As consumer knowledge, demand, and curiosity grows, Tradecraft Outfitters can help ensure that your café has the right equipment to product a quality cup for all type of tea.

Traditional teas remain popular, and we have seen new methods beyond the basics. Learn with Marco how to make a perfect cup of tea

Steve Chang and his wife exited their family's noodle and pasta business looking for their next venture. They traveled t...
06/23/2021
Supplier Spotlight – Copa Vida with Steve Chang – Craft Coffee & Tea Distributors - Tradecraft Outfitters

Steve Chang and his wife exited their family's noodle and pasta business looking for their next venture. They traveled the world to experience and learn about specialty coffee – including coffee farm visits. The visit in Costa Rica was where they learned the phrase Pura Vida that led to Copa Vida's name today.

As Steve puts it, it's the love of cafes that drove him. "Creating spaces where community could be built over a shared love of coffee, teas and great food."

Copa Vida understands the importance of the story behind the coffee and the development of an experience for the consumer. Their goal and vision is to be approachable and welcoming, authentic and transparent, and an engaged member of the local and global community.

Tradecraft is proud to work with the best craft coffee and specialty tea partners around the country. Our success depends on the relationships we’ve built with our roasters and growers and our portfolio represents the best in the country. It’s a privilege to be a part of this global community an...

We are pleased to share that Tradecraft Outfitters will is now supporting the café program at Space Center Houston featu...
06/21/2021

We are pleased to share that Tradecraft Outfitters will is now supporting the café program at Space Center Houston featuring Independence Coffee Roasters and Tea Smith with Rise Brewing and Brew Dr. on tap. Grounds Control Coffee Bar is a brand-new café, outfitted by Tradecraft, perfect for grabbing a coffee on the go or spacing out for a while.

Today we are celebrating freedom, perseverance, human rights, and a more hopeful future.
06/19/2021

Today we are celebrating freedom, perseverance, human rights, and a more hopeful future.

Ready to cool down with one of Intelligentsia Coffee's new RTDs – Cold Coffee, Oat Latte, and Oat Spiced Latte are all v...
06/16/2021

Ready to cool down with one of Intelligentsia Coffee's new RTDs – Cold Coffee, Oat Latte, and Oat Spiced Latte are all vegan, gluten-free, packaged in grab-n-go 100% recyclable 11oz Tetra-Pak cartons. Be sure to stock your pantries, office spots, and retail shelves with these. Visit tradecraft.me/contact-us to get in touch with us today!

Graduate East Lansing is a real show stopper, especially with their hunter green La Marzocco Linea! Tradecraft's Directo...
06/11/2021

Graduate East Lansing is a real show stopper, especially with their hunter green La Marzocco Linea! Tradecraft's Director of Education made an account training visit and said, "This was the first time I used the updated Mazzer grinder. It’s quite user friendly and doses coffee consistently!"

As many as 62% of specialty coffee drinkers are more likely to experiment and more likely to try new types of coffee sin...
06/09/2021

As many as 62% of specialty coffee drinkers are more likely to experiment and more likely to try new types of coffee since the start of the pandemic. Now is the time to encourage exploration with your menus whether it be with your coffee selection or the specialty beverage you are offering. Learn more about our programs at https://www.tradecraft.me/.

Address

2155 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL
60608

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

Telephone

+1 844-355-6826

Products

Metropolis Coffee, Rishi Tea, Colectivo Coffee, Stumptown Coffee, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Marin Kombucha, Verve Coffee, Zingerman's, Spyhouse, Dark Matter Coffee, Vittoria Coffee, Ritual Coffee, La Colombe, Luxury Water Systems, La Marzocco Espresso Machines, Mod Bar, Curtis, Fetco, Bunn, Rancillio, Nuova Simonelli, & 20+ more craft roasters and specialty tea companies....

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At Tradecraft, we provide culinary-quality coffees and teas, wrap them in a full equipment and support solution, to drive business results for hospitality, food service, cafes, grocery and office customers. Our niche in the marketplace is to flawlessly execute the very best coffee and tea programs in the country. We attract the best specialty partners because of our unmatched expertise. We value each client’s business and prove it every day with a level of service steeped in kindness. We believe in doing what’s right, including supporting sustainability, fair labor, and fair wage practices.We value great coffee and tea and treat it with respect. We like to think the farmer who is working to raise the perfect coffee cherry or tea leaf would be proud to know that it is our team of dedicated experts who are caring for their product in its final stages. Arizona Office: 963 W. 23rd Street Tempe, AZ 85282 480-238-7429 California Office: 3035 E. Harcourt St. Compton CA 90221

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New job posted: Tradecraft Outfitters is hiring a Director of Education & Retail Experience - Remote. http://sprudge.com/jobs
New job posted: Tradecraft Outfitters is hiring a remote Associate Director of Business Development. http://sprudge.com/jobs
Cupping with Aspire CoffeeWorks and Tradecraft Outfitters this morning. Alicia and Marcus put on the old razzle dazzle! ❤️☕️❤️
As the leading foodservice and support services company, we’re committed to growing and mentoring minority and women-owned businesses. Check out our new podcast series, Diversity Matters, to connect with the trailblazing founders of BLK & Bold, the first-ever black-owned, nationally distributed coffee and tea company – and one of our fastest growing diversity partners: https://compassgroupdiversitymatters.podbean.com/ #diversity #inclusion #supplierdiversity #minorityownedbusiness Foodbuy Tradecraft Outfitters Canteen North America
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Here at Canteen, we work with our partners at Tradecraft Outfitters to bring the best coffee and tea experiences to your breakrooms or other areas. Today we’re speaking with Michael Kaiser, Tradecraft National Director of Sales, on who Tradecraft is and what makes them different.
New job posted: Tradecraft Outfitters is hiring a Barista - Part-Time in Chicago, Illinois. http://sprudge.com/jobs
Named one of Oprah’s favorite things, Black-owned Red Bay Coffee brews specialty coffee as a vehicle for diversity, inclusion and social impact. Meet one of our proud diverse supplier partners that will soon be one of your favorites, too! @Tradecraft Outfitters #supplierdiversity #blackowned #altogethergreat #coffee
Supplier Diversity has been a core focus at Compass Group since 1999. Meet one of our newest partners, BLK & Bold – the first black-owned, nationally distributed coffee brand: https://www.compass-usa.com/blk-bold-making-an-impact-through-coffee/ Tradecraft Outfitters Foodbuy #supplierdiversity #blackowned #altogethergreat #coffee
UPDATE: Thank you for everyone who entered by sharing a photo! The winner is Holly! Stay tuned for more giveaways from us. 🥳 Hi everyone! 👋 My name is Brooke and I'm Canteen's Social Media Manager. To celebrate #NationalCoffeeDay today, we want to see where you drink your morning coffee! ☕☕ I'll start. My mornings usually begin on my balcony with a warm cup of coffee (sometimes a splash of creamer) while I brainstorm ideas for the day and answer some emails. Now it's your turn! Snap a photo 📸 of where you drink your morning cup of joe and we'll randomly choose someone to win a Tradecraft Outfitters Brew Box (free coffee and tea!). 🎉
Let's make a splash today! Make your own coffee/tea at home with our Tradecraft Outfitters Brew Box. Learn more at this link: https://snackbox.canteen.com/collections/frontpage/products/brew-box-pro
Create your own cafe experience at home! We're now offering the "Brew Box" by Tradecraft Outfitters. What's included? ➡️ 10-12oz bag of Craft Coffee (choose whole bean or ground) ➡️ 20 tea sachets or 30 servings of loose leaf tea (your selection) ➡️ 2 Rip van Wafels ➡️ Brewing Guide