Can You Help Intelligentsia Coffee with Their Eco-Waste?

Intelligentsia Announcement:

It is my pleasure to formally announce an eco partnership developing between Intelligentsia and members of the Garden Clubs of Illinois’ Nancy Block and her husband Mike.  Some of Nancy’s credentials include being Master Gardner of the year and Citizen of the Year (by Cook County Sherriff Tom Dart); Nancy and Mike’s home garden has taken first place two years in a row city wide competition not to mention they have been featured in several news papers and magazines.  Together we have been developing avenues for diverting a large majority of the eco waste generated at our Chicago Roasting Works and the coffee grounds from our Broadway Coffee Bar.  To keep a long story short, Nancy and Mike show up every Friday at the CHRW and collect a minivan full of burlap sacks, plastic trash liners, coffee chaff & coffee grounds and distribute them to local farmers, garden clubs, Master Gardeners and not-for-profit groups like Habitat for Humanity.  Uses for the coffee grounds and chaff are obvious because their rich nutrient content but become muddied when looking at the plastic and burlap sacks; a farmer who loved the print on the bags is making a rug for himself, one garden club is designing animals from the bags for a handicap children’s garden, another is making purses out of them and turning a profit, at the Flower & Garden show by Master Gardeners children are going to pretend they are worms and roll around, the potential is limitless as you can see.  Nancy and Mike help us recycle one bag at a time and currently have a waiting growing list.  Please note many of us at Intelligentsia are adding our efforts to make this movement a success.  Broadway Coffee Bar Manager Talya Strader and Delivery Driver Nick Tate are ironing out the logistics of getting wet coffee grounds from our cafés to the roasting works where Sean McMahon is taking steps to ensure proper storage of all the eco materials while they are in wait.  Please take this opportunity to keep our efforts going, if you have any ideas or would like to participate in this process please let us know.  Our goal is to develop a self sustainable program that will continue to grow with Intelligentsia’s and Nancy & Mike’s success.

If you are interested in obtaining some “coffee waste” please contact Nancy at


Thank you,

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