Everybody Loves Sunshine

Art comes in many forms, is felt by many different walks of life but there is always one common thread connecting it all, how it touches the soul. While our business is coffee, there are multiple forms of art that constantly inspire us on a daily basis. Music is one of those, which seems obvious with our many themed releases over the years. Dusty Groove is a indie record store that shares these same passion and dedication to constantly bringing their customers unearthed and and classic gems of jazz, soul, funk and world music, to name just a few genres.


Dusty Groove is more than a record store, it is an institution when it comes to rare and collectable records. Starting as an online only store in 1996, the business kept expanding, from a converted apartment once used by a prostitute, it now holds down a sublime building in the heart of Wicker Park. Their catalog and offerings have also expanded, providing cds, vinyl and accessories from bargain prices to the highly valuable collector pieces. Rated as the #3 record store in the US by Rolling Stone, the shop has also received numerous accolades from Time Magazine, Wall Street Journey among many, many others. 

Dark Matter Coffee is proud to collaborate with Dusty Groove, a honored partner and gate keeper of all things funky. The collaboration blend, Everyone Loves Sunshine, is a tip-of-the-hat to the 1970's Soul Jazz era. Featuring coffees from Mexico's El Eden and Guatemala's Finca San Jeronimo Miramar, this blend is smooth, funky and delicious! Grab a bag today from their retail store or online at www.dustygroove.com 


April 19, 2024 — Accounting DMC

Dark Matter Coffee Fernet

Fernet, a blend of booze and botanicals, is the liquid equivalent of a sucker punch; a hit of bitter you don't see coming until your mouth is puckering and you're cursing the bartender who slid the glass across the rail. But once the sting goes away, you start to taste what's under the bitter: layers of black licorice, tobacco and saffron, with a hint of sweet before a menthol finish. And you realize: This stuff is good.

Upgrade that to great with the launch of Fernet-Dogma, a Midwestern twist on the traditionally Italian spirit. Bartenders Alex Renshaw, Clint Rogers and Brian Sturgulewski of The Dogma Group, the team behind the bar menus at spots like Presidio, Bordel and The Dawson, partnered with CH Distillery to create their own version, now on sale by the bottle ($38) and pour ($9) at CH (564 W. Randolph St., 312-707-8780).

"Most fernets on the market are similar, so we thought it would be cool to start with some of the traditional elements — lemon peel, chamomile, eucalyptus, saffron — but go a little different," Renshaw says. Inspired by the Italian custom of pairing fernet with espresso, "we ended up with a coffee fernet, using Dark Matter coffee and botanicals from Rare Tea Cellar in Ravenswood. It's all local."

To help the coffee flavor pop, they rested the spirit in Four Roses bourbon barrels for a month before bottling.

"Dark Matter works really well because their coffee has this chocolatey quality, which is a nice back note to that initial bitterness of the fernet," Sturgulewski says. "The master distiller at CH worked really hard on it to make sure it was balanced; that you don't taste it and say, 'Wow, this is incredibly bitter!' and there's nothing else going on. It's complex."

Drink Fernet-Dogma straight, or add it to cocktails; Bordel (1721 W. Division St., 773-227-8600) has a drink on the menu using pisco, coconut liqueur, lime juice and "a little bit of the fernet," Renshaw says.

"It's seductive," Sturgulewski adds.

*This article originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune, July 20, 2015 written by Marissa Conrad


Twitter @marissa_conrad

April 19, 2024 — Accounting DMC

Dark Matter Coffee Hangs With Its Favorite Lollapalooza Artists

Lollapalooza asked our Minister of Propaganda, Kyle Hodges, what bands he would want to hangout with and where he would take them. 


In partnership with our friends at Do312, we’ve asked several of Chicago’s tastemaker-types to put their own unique spin on the typical city guide. Leading up to this year’s fest, we’ll be showcasing different lists of local spots – tailored to this year’s Lolla lineup. We’ve already caught up with Eric Strom of GlitterGuts and Dom Brown from Porn and Chicken, now we check in with Kyle Hodges from Dark Matter Coffee.

Beachwood Inn is a small bar with no bullshit. You get a beer, a shot and chill out. This is the kind of dive bar that is inviting without being just a complete dump. Like your dad’s old basement bar, you feel at home.

Stacked with some of the most sought after instruments and gear in the country, this is a mecca for any musician. Chances are that some of these bands will be playing instruments from CME, as they are supplier of those hard-to-find items on technical riders.

Home to Chicago’s best coffee and the perfect stop to get the rust off from the night before. We would hit their HQ, The Mothership, for some secret blends, or a personal cupping session.

The history of this place speaks volumes of how and why Chicago is important to the world of music. The building serves double duty, as the home of both Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation and Chess Records, the label that helped put Chicago Blues, R&B and Soul on the map.

Everyone needs a break from touring, who doesn’t like nature and the beauty that it beholds? With both indoor and outdoor flower gardens and a lake, it’s easy to push aside any stress. If we are lucky there will be someone throwing a BBQ or picnic that we can hijack.

A recovering record store owner/employee, this Indianapolis native has called Chicago home for the last several years. Now the Minister of Propaganda at Dark Matter Coffee, Kyle Hodges oversees the curation of DMC’s music & art collaborations, partnerships and brand development. When not gorging himself on coffee & donuts, you can find him digging at record stores for a first pressing, still sealed copy of INXS ‘Kick LP’.

Brown Acid Espresso Blend (Limited Blend July 2015)


"To get back to the warning that I received. You may take it with however many grains of salt that you wish. That the brown acid that is circulating around us isn't too good. It is suggested that you stay away from that. Of course it's your own trip. So be my guest, but please be advised that there is a warning on that one, ok?" Woodstock 1969 

When the famous words were echoed from the microphone to the crowd at Woodstock, the legend of Brown Acid was born. While the folklore of this drug and many others during this time of enchantment, it was hard to pin-down if the acid was actually good or bad. According to one very experienced attendee, the acid was so pure, people mistakenly took more than one hit. A fair number of these people where novices, inadvertently labeling their experience as a "bad trip", instead of just a very intense one. The resemblance between Brown Acid then and our version now shares a similar characteristic when it comes to purity.  

Released once, four years ago, Brown Acid is our answer to the common approach to third wave espresso: bright, clean and vibrant, blending similar cultivars, from the same country, but three different farms.

These three farms share similar care in farming and a beautiful mill where they process and dry. The largest factor in their differences are their degrees of fermentation: washed, semi washed and natural. Each coffee was strategically placed in this blend to bring out the best in each bean. 

We begin with sparkling washed beans from Santa Elena, an established farm in El Salvador, which commonly places in the Cup of Excellence, among other awards. With its particular style of processing, the semi washed bourbon from Las Nubes, contributes body and sweetness. Santa Josefita, on the conservative side of dry-processing, is a natural processed that brings juicy fruit and acidity to the blend. 

Country: El Salvador
Farm: Santa Elena
Cultivar: Mixed (Bourbon, Catuai, Pacamara)
Process: Washed (Low Fermentation)
Country: El Salvador
Farm: Las Nubes
Cultivar: Bourbon
Process: Semi Washed (Moderate Fermentation)
Country: El Salvador
Farm: Santa Josefita
Cultivar: Bourbon
Process: Natural
Notes: Pear, Green Apple, Lime
Net Wt. 12oz

Pick-up orders can be grabbed at the location/times below. 
The Mothership
738 N Western Ave  
Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat 7am-3pm, Sun 8am-3pm

Trouble In Mind Records
For Brown Acid, we tapped the Chicago record label Trouble In Mind, purveyors of psychedelic pop and garage rock. Run by a husband & wife duo, Bil & Lisa Roe, two industry veterans who's releases have brought US, Australian and European bands to the music scene.(Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone lists Ultimate Painting's "Woken By Noises" is one of his favorite's of 2015) Having great success with new releases, the label has also recently began reissuing classic albums. The most current, Del Shannon, was a labor of love for the label and proves that Bill & Lisa will be around for a long time!

We will be releasing two different mixes for this collaboration, a cassette version and a CD version. The cassette will be a shorter mix, highlighting the labels releases - the CD will feature a longer, psychedelic path of music, featuring some from the same artists.
April 19, 2024 — Jesse Diaz
Dark Matter Coffee And Friends Tokyo Pop-Up

Dark Matter Coffee And Friends Tokyo Pop-Up

Dark Matter Coffee & Friends is a two day pop-up in the Shibuya-Ku neighborhood of Tokyo, hosted by Craftheads. Featuring experimental coffees, beer collaborations, artwork from Shawnimals and a Public Image Ltd presentation from Martin Atkins! Join us Thursday & Friday, September 20 & 21st starting at 11:00am!
Dark Matter Day Discussion Series at Star Lounge Coffee Bar

Dark Matter Day Discussion Series at Star Lounge Coffee Bar

On October 31, 2017, the world will celebrate the historic hunt for the unseen—something that scientists refer to as dark matter. Global, regional, and local events are being planned on and around that date by institutions and individuals looking to engage the public in discussions about what we already know about dark matter and the many present as well as planned experiments seeking to solve its mysteries.
There’s more to the universe than meets the eye - but how do you find something that you can’t see? Join scientists from Argonne, Fermilab, and UChicago in their quest to understand the composition of the universe, including mysterious dark matter. For three weeks, Star Lounge Coffee Bar will host these discussions and exploration into dark matter and all it's untapped secrets. These events will lead to the universal celebration of Dark Matter Day, on Saturday, October 31st! 
Dark Matter Day
April 19, 2024 — Kyle Hodges
Dark Matter Coffee's 10th Anniversary Party!

Dark Matter Coffee's 10th Anniversary Party!

It's been ten fun years since Dark Matter Coffee humbly began in the confines of Star Lounge Coffee Bar. We are honored to be a part of this great city and want to throw the best damn party to celebrate!
This isn't just any party though, no, this is THE party of the summer, full of beer, food and tons of music! And to make it even better, it's a benefit for Hope For The Day!! That's right, instead of spending money on tickets, food and beverages, you can put that towards a charitable contribution for Hope For The Day.
Dark Matter Coffee is making sure that the beer, food and music are TOP NOTCH! We asked friends from all around the world to help use celebrate and raise money at the same time. So mark your calendars and we will see you Saturday, July 8th!
Wild Jesus
Cameron Hodges Press Pot Recordings, Twinpeaks DJs)
Chuck Wren (Jump Up Records)
Ben Ezra
Big Gidz
Slow Planes
Vapor Eyes
Tijuana Hercules
Ben Fasman
Essentia Water
Half Acre
Haywood Tavern
Noosa Yogurt
Roots Pizza
Ruth & Phils
Sauce & Bread
Estrella Negra
18th Street
Archie's Tavern
Band of Bohemia
Central State
Cigar City
Dark Horse
DC Brau
Devils Trumpet
Forbidden Root
Goose Island
Half Acre Beer
Hoof Arted
JK's Ciders
Local Option
Modern Times
Off Color
Old Irving
Ska Brewing
The Bruery
Virtue Cider
April 19, 2024 — Kyle Hodges
Dark Lord Day 2017 Merchandise

Dark Lord Day 2017 Merchandise

A quick update regarding the Dark Lord Day 2017 Merchandise. 

As of Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:30 am CST, both of the Blood Lord mug and Snifters are SOLD OUT! 

The remaining bags of Blood Lord coffee will be available at our stores and online while supplies last. Please with sugar on top, don't call and ask for any bags to be held, as these are on a first come, first serve basis. 

For those of you who ordered items, the following information will be useful should you have any further questions. 

1. Orders will be processed as they were received. 

2. We will begin processing orders immediately. You will receive a second email once the items have shipped. Please be respectful of this and avoid calling to check on updates. We are working as fast as possible to process orders and your patience is appreciated. 

3. Problems with your order? We have a form just for that! It can be found HERE  Once you have filled that form out, we will contact you as soon as humanly possible. Again, your patience will go a long way with making things go smoothly and will be appreciated so much from the hard working DMC staff! 

4. We will have a small reserve of both snifters & mugs in case of breakage during shipping. These will be released at a later date in our stores ONLY. Again, this is a very, very small reserve and will be on a first come, first serve basis, with no reservations taken. 

5. Cleaning your snifters or mug: we recommend hand washing these items. The mug is also microwave safe. 

April 19, 2024 — Kyle Hodges
Art Gives Me Hope 2017

Art Gives Me Hope 2017




Hope For The Day's Art Gives Me Hope 2017 is presented by Dark Matter CoffeeBucketfeet, and Threadless.

Art Gives Me Hope is HFTD’s annual spring pop-up art show with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Hope For The Day’s proactive suicide prevention programs. We're excited to have the art show at Communitas this year!

Once again we will be offering a diverse selection of amazing art donated by an eclectic list of artists from Chicago and around the world curated by Lance Curran & Threadless.

2017 featured artists include: Shepard FaireyMatt SkibaJill ThompsonMorleyKristen Liu-WongAlex Pardee,  Joel BirchRosey JonesWrdsmithTravis LampeKarl GerzanTara McPhersonLuke PelletierCasey Weldon,  Alex SolisJeremyvilleCraig ShimalaArthur HickmanKevin LearyAdrianne HanleyJohn MaloofSowDean BernardiniDenialCode of ConductJeff GuerreroConrad Javier,  Michael SiebenE. Lee,  Lauren AstaBucket Feet x Ello ElloKatie LukesSteve SeeleyFortoul BrothersCoopAngryblueBirdcapJason Rowland (R6D4)Jason BrammerDerek HessKaren MooneyNatalie ShugailoMitch O'Connell,  Erik Lundquist,   Amanda Adams,  Jamie Foster, Allison PoplettJackie Carmody

Dark Matter Coffee and Essentia Water will be flowing along. We are thrilled to also have food generously provided by our friends Uncle DougiesOsteria Via StatoNacional 27Tallboy Taco, and Pork Shoppe.

April 19, 2024 — Kyle Hodges
15th Annual CHIRP Record Fair

15th Annual CHIRP Record Fair


The 15th Annual CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights is happening on April 8th. Join us at Plumbers Hall to dig through thousands of crates of vinyl records, as well as DVDs, CDs, posters, and more. It's a music collector's paradise!

This year, we will be expanding into Plumbers' Lower Hall to bring you EVEN MORE Delights! Chicago's own Vintage Garage Chicago will hold a special-edition vintage fair in the lower level. You can register to win $50 in Garage Bucks to use at the Record Fair! 

More awesome ‘Other Delights’ that will be happening at the CHIRP Record Fair:

Donna from Beat Drun Juel Paul from Dust Bunnies, Danielle from Impulsive Hearts, Izzy from Half Gringa (more to come!)

First Time will be MCing and doing stories between sets!

Flesh panthers, dj shAde (Fridays @ Logan Bar & Grill), DJ Franktronic (Thursdays @ Exit), Avery R. Young, plus more to come!

Moxee Barbecue & Cajun and Mad Mouse Brewery
Puffs of Doom

Dark Matter Coffee (bags of CHIRP Radio Blend beans available as well!)

South Side Hackerspace: Chicago - ssh:chicago,Tandem Felix Letterpress, Pedal To The People LLC (bike fixing), GlitterGuts Photobooth

See you there!

April 19, 2024 — Kyle Hodges