What Happens When You Mix Coffee And Musical Theater?

What happens when coffee and musical theater come together? I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a member of the Bow Truss Coffee Roasters team to discuss their new partnership with Broadway In Chicago and find out. Considering I am a coffee addict and in love with Broadway musicals (I saw Wicked four times), this was an opportunity I could not pass up. Representative Rachael Barnhart met me at the Jackson and Michigan Bow Truss location to answer a few questions and introduce me to this brilliant partnership they have going on.

On Bow Truss and the inspiration to partner with Broadway in Chicago...
Bow Truss is a Chicago company and they try to do things within the city that are localized. Broadway in Chicago also tries to keep things Chicago based and Chicago specific and because of that, it was the perfect partnership. It also helps that the arts and coffee make the perfect duo. To commemorate this pairing, Bow Truss created a special blend that encompasses Broadway in Chicago. 

Why Rachael loves Bow Truss...
She was drawn to the fact that everyone who works for Bow Truss cares a lot about what they're doing. The head roaster goes to all of the farms where they get coffee beans. The company makes sure everyone is being paid fairly and being taken care of. It's a very personable business. 

What sets Bow Truss apart...
Baristas have to pass a bar certification training before they can access the espresso machine. There always needs to be the perfect ratio of foam, espresso, etc. The staff keeps people coming back to the stores. They're personable and helpful. They enjoy answering questions and always make sure your experience is nothing short of perfect. I can agree with this whole heartedly. I've never felt unwelcome in a Bow Truss and anytime I've asked questions, instead of getting an annoyed response, I'm always met with willingness to provide answers. 

Bow Truss Favorites...
The cappuccino is the most popular drink across the board. Other favorites include seasonal drinks and the cortado. It used to be a barista secret but has since caught on in popularity. It's low temperature and can be drunk very fast. I've never had one but I'm going to have to try it the next time I visit. 

How Bow Truss chooses its newest locations...
There are a few things that determine where a Bow Truss location will go. Coffee deserts are a big opportunity and they also look for big Chicago cultural centers as well as take in consideration transportation. For example, the Logan Square location is located right off the blue line, perfect for morning commuters. They then look at the neighborhood vibe. Luckily, Bow Truss employs people from all kinds of Chicago neighborhoods which can offer plenty of insight to the demographics and what the residents might be looking for. Each location has it's own feel to it but they all have dedicated customers.

Coffee notes...
They have a base line of three blends. They also have a seasonal holiday blend each winter and soon they will serve a spring, summer and fall blend. The Broadway In Chicago blend is one of their most recent specialties. Aside from their regular blends, they also currently have 12 single origins that are from a specific location. Insider tip: they like to serve them at random so people can get a taste of all the different flavors (love that).

What's coming soon with Bow Truss...
Bow Truss Coffee Roasters are right on the precipice of officially becoming a Chicago staple. They will be opening another location in Chicago very soon as well as their first non-Chicago location in Beverly Hills. 

I asked Rachael what her favorite musical has been and she responded with The Book of Mormon. I've never seen that one but I want to very much. Broadway In Chicago will be featuring the blend from Bow Truss in their theatres at upcoming shows. See a list of what's coming to Chicago soon below.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Where: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 East Chestnut
When: November 14th - January 3rd

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 West Randolph
When: December 1st - February 21st

Photo provided by Broadway In Chicago

Photo provided by Broadway In Chicago

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience
Where: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 East Chestnut
When: December 1st - January 3rd

Disney Presents The Lion King
Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 24 West Randolph
When: December 2nd - January 17th

Gotta Dance (Pre-Broadway World Premiere!)
Where: The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 West Monroe
When: December 13th - January 17th

Cabaret
Where: The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 West Monroe
When: February 9th - February 21st

Photo provided by Broadway In Chicago

Photo provided by Broadway In Chicago

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Where: Broadway Playhouse, 175 East Chestnut
When: February 9th - February 21st

If/Then
Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 West Randolph
When: February 23rd  - March 6th

42nd Street
Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph
When: March 8th - March 20th

Matilda The Musical
Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 West Randolph
When: March 22nd - April 10th

Photo provided by Broadway In Chicago

Photo provided by Broadway In Chicago

Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour
Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph
When: April 5th - April 10th

Bullets Over Broadway
Where: The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 West Monroe
When: April 19th - May 1st

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science
Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph
When: May 7th, 2016

Chicago
Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph
When: May 10th - May 15th

Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph
When: May 24th - May 29th

Photo provided by Broadway In Chicago

Photo provided by Broadway In Chicago

The SpongeBob Musical
Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 West Randolph
When: June 7th - July 3rd

The Sound of Music
Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph
When: June 7th - June 19th

The Book of Mormon
Where: The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 West Monroe
When: June 29th - August 14th

Disney's Newsies
Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 West Randolph
When: July 28th - August 7th

Photo provided by Broadway In Chicago

Photo provided by Broadway In Chicago

Fun Home
Where: The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 West Monroe
When: November 2nd - November 13th

Finding Neverland
Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph
When: November 22nd - December 4th

Get the full list of upcoming shows and details of each show on the Broadway In Chicago website. My theatre wishlist for 2016 includes: The Book of Mormon, If/Then, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's Newsies and Finding Neverland. What are you looking forward to see in the new year?