Yelp Review For Coffeefest


Category: Chicago, United States Restaurants Sandwiches Sandwiches

At SmartCup we will be providing must-see items in and around Chicago during Coffee Fest Chicago 2011. One of our coffee picks is Grahamwich. We will be using Yelp to assist us in confirming our picks. Keep checking this space for more updates.

615 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
Neighborhood: Near North Side

About Grahamwich

The coffee served at Grahamwich is Metropolis! and is located front and center right next to a gleaming espresso machine. The coffee menu consists of 4 drinks:

  • Espresso
  • XPress Lid Coffee (served in a disposable French press!)
  • 8oz Cappuccino
  • 12oz Latte

The space is bright without being gaudy. 1 large community table in the back. Rustic see-thru white paint, and GE logo wallpaper that looks like shelf paper from the 1960s. Surf guitar music sets the scene and, as one fellow yelper indicated, cock and balls all over the bathroom walls.

About Coffee Fest
Coffee Fest brings you the nation’s best retail operators and industry professionals and consultants to ensure your business survives and even thrives with today’s profitability threats and tomorrow’s challenges.

Chris Pirillo of Lockergnome

Chris Pirillo is the founder and maintainer of Lockergnome

Tech Update

Chris Pirillo is the founder and maintainer of Lockergnome, a network of blogs, web forums, mailing lists and online communities. He spent two years hosting the TechTV television program Call for Help, where he also hosted the first annual Call-for-Help-a-Thon.

He now hosts videos on several internet sites, including CNN, YouTube,, and his own website. His coffee system of choice? XPress Lid by SmartCup. He likes it so well that he keeps it on his computer monitor.

PODCAST #1: Steve Priley @ Roasters Guild Retreat

Steve Priley @ Roasters Guild Retreat

The Roasters Guild Retreat provides hands on workshops, roast profile analysis and cupping. The Guild is a trade guild of the Specialty Coffee Association of America consisting of specialty roasters dedicated to the craft of roasting quality coffee.

Steve and his Guild team are competing with 9 other teams and roasting a 3-bean Guatemala blend.

Listen to Steve Priley on the SmartCup Podcast.


Gloria Jean’s Coffees

Gloria Jean's Rolls Out XPress Nationwide

Gloria Jean’s Rolls Out XPress Nationwide

Gloria Jean’s Coffees Brews Up Portable French Press with XPress Lid by SmartCup, Inc.

October 29, 2010 – SmartCup, Inc. announced today that Gloria Jean’s Coffees is introducing XPress lid, the world’s first disposable, portable, recyclable French press in a lid, to their outlets nationwide this November.

Gloria Jean’s Coffees uses the finest quality 100% Arabica coffee beans to ensure premium quality and integrity of its coffee flavors. The coffees are sold as whole beans fresh from coffee bins in each coffee house, as well as in pre-packaged amounts. In each Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ location, whole beans can be ground to order.

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XPress Lid Goes Large: Now Available for 20oz Cups

Now Available for 20oz Hot Cups

SmartCup, Inc. is now shipping XPress lid for 20 oz. hot cups, the industry’s first disposable and recyclable single-serve French Press built into a lid. The XPress lid, a three piece French press system, delivers a far richer flavor and superior tasting coffee and tea.

A French press delivers a superior flavor profile, smoothness and finish. The XPress lid delivers the preferred qualities of the coffee drinking experience to everyday coffee lovers at an affordable price.
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Specialty Coffee Association Update

April 27 – May 1, 2011

Specialty Coffee Association of America Brings World’s Largest Specialty Coffee Event to Houston, Texas, April 27 – May 1, 2011 — The  Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) 23rd Annual Exposition & Symposium will be held in Houston, Texas this April 28 – May 1, 2010.

At the annual Exposition  thousands of coffee professionals from more than 40 countries will converge at the George R. Brown Convention Center to focus on specialty coffee, learn about  the latest  innovational trends and products in the coffee marketplace, and engage with fellow industry professionals for the ultimate purpose of delivering a better experience for coffee drinkers.

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Product Introduction at 2009 Coffee Fest Seattle

SmartCup, INC. introduced XPress lid, their French press-style devise, at Coffee Fest Seattle held September 25-27, 2009 in the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. [Read more…]

Tom Sawyer Country Coffee Rolls Out XPress Lid

Tom Sawyer

Founder Tom Sawyer of Tom Sawyer Country Coffee knows that coffee is more than just a beverage, it’s an experience and he’s rolling out the XPress lid by SmartCup to enhance his customer’s coffee experience.

SmartCup’s XPress lid is the disposable, recyclable and single serve French Press in a lid system that presses coffee in most standard 16 or 20oz hot cups.

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A Steaming Cup of Coffee Can Help You Stay Fit Reports on Health Benefits of Coffee

Multitudes of people worldwide begin each day with a cup of steaming hot coffee. Although it is sometimes referred to as “the devil’s brew,” coffee contains several nutrients (eg, calcium) as well as hundreds of potentially biologically active compounds (eg, polyphenols) that may promote health.

For instance, observational studies have suggested a beneficial link between coffee consumption and type 2 diabetes.

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Larry Wu Presents @ Gnomedex

Larry Wu’s Trend Presentation

Larry Wu, Co-Founder of SmartCup, Inc., presents at Gnomedex 10 and discusses trends, micro trends, and macro trends. Click here ( to hear Larry’s presentation, which is presented by USTREAM.

ABOUT Larry Wu:
Co-Founder. Larry is a food industry executive with over 25 years experience in the successful development and commercialization of food and beverage innovations. His background includes 6 years as R&D director at Starbucks Coffee Company from 2000-2006. His knowledge of the food industry and its key players is unparalleled.