Mike Shipley
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  • NW Suburbs of Chicago
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, manager, coffee shop owner, barista trainer, coffee roaster, industry professional
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Crystal Lake, IL. NW Chicago Suburb
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
I've been truly passionate about coffee for a couple of years now...

It started when my father read an article in Smithsonian Magazine about sustainable coffee farms and their affects on communities and primarily ecosystems.
My parents had wanted to invest in a family business for some time and were long time coffee geeks... so coffee it is.
I jumped on board the summer of 05 and we opened Conscious Cup Coffee in January of 06.
I'm a managing partner and run the shop along with my brother Jason. I act as Service Manager, Roaster and Barista.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
I would love to get involved at origin. As a roaster and coffee buyer it's my ultimate goal to know all of my coffees and their growers intimately. So... let's go to Guatemala!
About Me:
My BA is English with an emphasis on Education. My original plans right out of college were to take a year off (waiting tables) then begin teaching. Plans changed when I jumped on board the coffee shop.
I'm passionate about coffee and in particular the promise of good coffee as an agent of social and environmental change.
About My Company:
Conscious Cup Coffee is an independent, family owned and operated roastery and cafe in Crystal Lake IL. We specialize but aren't limited to Fair Trade and Organic Coffees. We wholesale and fundraise in addition to our retail shop. At two years old our future is bright and we've got a ten year lease so we're not going anywhere.

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Customer Service is Everything!

Posted on January 30, 2008 at 5:04pm 0 Comments

I'll post on this topic more later...

A quick link to a great compliment.

Art Petty on Managment

My greatest blog post ever...

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 12:08pm 9 Comments

This is the greatest blog I have ever posted...

It all started at 4:15am. I woke up after 4-5 hours of sleep, showered, shaved, dressed... no coffee yet. I get to the shop at 4:56 give or take. Amanda's mom drops her off as I begin the drip coffees. She's been having car trouble, as an owner you've got to appriciate an employee getting her butt to work on time at 5am without a car...

Shots timed and tested, bakery case full, coffees ready, chairs pushed neatly in to lined… Continue

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At 3:51am on October 10, 2010, angela said…
My name is miss angela desmond i saw your profile today and became interested in
you,i will also like to know you more,and i want you to send an email to my
email address so i can give you my picture, for you to know whom i am.
Here is my email address( ( angela5000desmond@yahoo.fr)
I believe we can move from here!
I am waiting for your mail to my email address above.
(Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life)
( angela5000desmond@yahoo.fr)
At 8:18am on November 25, 2008, Heather said…
hi Mike- Sorry it took us so long to be friends. ;) I hope life, work, and your coffee is all doing great!
At 5:59am on October 1, 2008, Brian Bergman said…
I'm going to be back in your town today...once again, and I'm hoping to stop by this afternoon and fill up on some coffee goodness and get to shake your hand and say hello. I'm not sure what time, but I'll be the very tall guy in the gray and black striped shirt who's got some friends in tow to introduce them to some good Chicago area coffee. Hope we get to meet!
At 3:06pm on September 18, 2008, mike cubbage said…
awesome sounds like your doing a great thing.
At 1:35am on July 21, 2008, Robert Cheng said…
we produce all-in-one automatic bean-to-cup drip style coffee maker.
we like to cooperate with you.
Please visit our website for our products details or send email directly to cd@hyco.cn attn Robert Cheng
Thank you.
At 11:14am on March 7, 2008, Trevor said…
Mike, did you register for the great lakes comp yet? There's a thread on Barista Guild's forum about the companies that are competing.
At 12:58pm on February 10, 2008, James Spano said…
I'm in Panajachel on lake Atitlan doing a roasting/barista/business apprenticeship. Opening a shop is in the future for me, but I might need to save up some dough first. Looking for a roaster willing to go to origin to get a good bean (shameless plug)
At 10:26pm on February 9, 2008, James Spano said…
Hi from Guatemala, saw in your info you wanted to come down. You should, I'm having a blast!
At 8:56pm on January 30, 2008, James Spano said…
Thanks for the friend add. Checked out your site, looks pretty cool. Coming to Guatemala?
At 7:57pm on January 23, 2008, Trevor said…
Thanks Mike.

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