Resistance Coffee                                                                 December 12, 2016


Resistance Coffee 

For twelve years Resistance Coffee has brought some of the finest fair trade organic coffee to Chicago, and raised funds for organizations ranging from Radios Populares to the Chicago Women’s Health Center, and now the Chicago Community Bond Fund. 

Resistance Coffee started out roasting beans from Zapatista communities in resistance in Chiapas. These days we roast beans from Mt. Elgon in Uganda, imported by our friends over at Crop to Cup.

Over the years, Resistance Coffee has grown slowly but steadily, and the time has come to expand this endeavor. One step in this direction has been to formulate what is tentatively titled the “Chicago Coffee Confederation.” 

The model takes the basic small-scale process used by Resistance Coffee, and rather than forming a business that centralizes roasting, marketing, and delivery, instead seeks to decentralize those parts of the process that do not need centralizing. We are able to get bulk delivery of beans together, but then each project replicates the very inexpensive Bean Boss roaster, develops its own markets, and raises funds for its own projects. 

The basic roaster can be assembled for less than a couple hundred dollars, thus making it a tool accessible to many people, from low-income activists to musicians and artists and poor people. 

Solidarity, David

The Ever-Popular Kropotkin's Kaffe
Delivered to Your Door

The Chicory Center’s Resistance Coffee project is Chicago's only 100% fair trade, organic, liberation-oriented coffee roaster. Our current coffee is called Kropotkin's Kaffe, named after Russian anarcho-communist Pyotr Kropotkin. The inspiration for Resistance Coffee comes in part from Kropotkin's groundbreaking work, Factories, Fields, and Workshops.

In a barn on a farm in Union Pier, Michigan, deer and raccoons wander in to check out the steaming hot coffee beans, grown over the past year by families in the communities of Mt. Elgon in Uganda.

Reasonably priced Kropotkin's Kaffe benefits the work of the Chicory Center. Much of the year, the coffee also serves as a fundraiser for community and social organizations in the Chicagoland area.

If you'd like to get Kropotkin's Kaffe delivered to your door, write to:

"I used to like Intelligentsia, but I can't even drink it after trying Resistance."
 - Anon