Coffee Joint, a coffee shop located in North Center, will be hosting an anniversary event to celebrate being in business for one year. The event will take place on September 9th from 12:00pm-3:00pm at their storefront location at 2059 W. Irving Park Road. Guests will be able to try some of Coffee Joint’s delicious coffee, tea, and sandwiches as well as have the opportunity to tour the space. Additionally, there will be children’s activities including face painting, balloon twisters, and a bouncy castle. Guests can also enter to win, through social media posts, a $50 gift card via raffle. Patrons must create an Instagram post with the hashtag: #yourlocalcoffeeshop as well as tag @coffeejoint to be eligible to enter fo the gift card raffle.
Co-founders and brothers Andris and Gato Balodis grew up in Latvia and have always had a passion for coffee. It took a visit to a coffee festival in Portland, Oregon in late 2015 for the brothers to fall in love with the idea of opening up their own coffee shop. Two years later, they opened their doors to the neighborhood and look forward to giving back to the community with their one year celebration this weekend.
“I think that coffee is a great connector of people and can bring people together from anywhere in the world,” said Gato. The two brothers opened Coffee Joint with the hopes of bringing the culture of Latvia to the United States. In fact, Coffee Joint is the only Latvian-inspired coffee shop in Chicago.
Along with unique and seasonal caffeinated beverages, they also feature sandwiches and pastries from a local bakery, as well as a kid’s menu. Some of their best-selling coffee drinks (served hot or cold) include:
• Marshmallow Latte-yummy homemade toasted marshmallow
• Vietnamese Coffee- our recipe with Espresso and sweetened condensed milk
• Affogato- double Espresso shot over vanilla ice cream
“I remember growing up in Latvia and drinking coffee almost every day. Coming to America, I noticed how many coffee chains exist in this market and the high demand for coffee. Its embedded in people’s daily routine,” said Co-founder, Andris Balodis. “I believe that if someone is going to drink coffee every day, he or she should drink nothing but the best quality. And that is what we try and achieve at Coffee Joint."