Coffee Sourcing - El Salvador 2017

Coffee Sourcing - El Salvador 2017

When sourcing coffee, DMC is fortunate enough to have relationships with some of the best coffee producers in the world. Having multiple farming partners brings varying styles of coffees, from cultivars to processing. Finca San Jeronimo Miramar in Guatemala is our partner that takes a more progressive approach, it's Federico Pacas in El Salvador that brings the classic Central American coffee that we love.

The Pacas family is known throughout the coffee industry as royalty, with genetics, processing techniques that are second to none. Federico Pacas owns Cafe Tuxpal, a mill that processes his farms Santa Petrona, San Jose, Vista Hermosa in addition to other neighboring farms. DMC will feature several of his family's Pacas cultivars again for 2017, Pacas Joven, Pacas Viejo, etc.  

The relationship with Federico Pacas is the oldest farming partnership for DMC, allowing a wealth of knowledge and coffees to grace our cups. Like any long relationship, the learning process and information shared helps both Federico & DMC to evolve and grow. It's always a pleasure to visit with Federico at his farms, but it's even more special when we get him to visit us in Chicago. (That only happens during the warm months though :)

Pacas Joven    

Nuevo Pacas Joven en Finca San Jose Sonsonate! (New Pacas Joven plants) 
These little guys look so great in the newly rehabilitated Finca San Jose. Federico Pacas replanted his namesake cultivar in place of the classic Salvadoran Red Bourbon. Times they are a changing!

Cafe Tuxpal 2017

Every year Cafe Tuxpal continues to upgrade and innovate their processing method at the mill. New developments with how they wash coffees have been incredible to witness. Photo Aaron Campos

Pacas & Diaz

Federico Pacas & Jesse Diaz, two men leading a coffee revolution! 

El Salvador 2017

Driving home from the fields, enjoy other beautiful sunset in El Salvador! 

January 20, 2017 — Kyle Hodges
Tamba (High Concept Coffee Releases)

Tamba (High Concept Coffee Releases)

TAMBA was a lioness that prowled the land at Finca San Jeronimo Miramar in Guatemala years ago. She is now the spirit animal of the farm, safe-guarding the pristine grounds under the shadow of the volcano. TAMBA begins with innovation and discovery. It is a culmination of new and obscure cultivars yet to be released anywhere in the world! These wild genetics were discovered in the forests of Ethiopia and grown on the upper slopes of the Atitlan volcano. These experimental lots are miniscule in size, but expansive in diversity. TAMBA will continue to evolve over time as each exploration of the individual genetics continue to make their paw print on our world! 

This project is an exploration of a collection of experimental hybrids grown on Finca San Jeronimo Miramar. Each hybrid is assigned a string of code, indicating the lot, whether its cultivated by cloning or seed propagation, and the generation (if grown from a seed). Let's dive a bit deeper into clones vs seed generations with old write ups. 

We have eleven iterations of Tamba we will cycle through over time. On the back of the bag we will label the code associated with the hybrid. To help you navigate this project, the spreadsheet below will cover the hybrid's parental genetics and tasting notes.

For all of these, one of the parent cultivars will be coffees common in Central America (Catuai, Caturra, Sarchimor) and the other will be from Ethiopia. The African counterparts are either Rume Sudan, which in some theories has been considered the first expression of Arabica, or a wild tree with no genetic identification, and only referred to by the nearest town to which it was discovered.

Clones (Hybrid codes will start with C) 
Clones are produced by removing plant tissue from a "mother plant" and applying a rooting hormone to create a genetically identical plant. The purpose of cloning is stability; all trees will grow, produce, and mature identically, which is extremely helpful for analysis.


Seed Propagation (Hybrid codes will start with F)
Seeds are harvested to produce new trees which then provide their own set of seeds and so on - each new cycle is considered a single generation. This method will encourage genetic diversity, and allow for natural mutations that may be beneficial for farming. In this case, the producers will use this method with more stable genetics not known for genetic regression or mutation.


Country: Guatemala

Farm: Finca San Jeronimo Miramar

Cultivar: See corresponding chart below

Process: Washed

Notes: See corresponding chart below  

Coffee Code Hybrid Notes
C P15 1 Caturra x Wild Trees Cherry, Orange, Grassy
C P16 1 Catuai x Rume Sudan Berry, Lime, Currant
C P6 1 Sarchimor x Rume Sudan Strawberry, Milk Chocolate, Grassy
C P7 1 Sarchimor x Rume Sudan Milk Chocolate, Lemon, Blackberry
F1 P13 3 Caturra x Wild Trees Cocoa, Lemongrass
F1 P3 3 Sarchimor x Wild Trees Cranberry, Orange Zest, Cocoa Nibbs
F1 P8 3 Caturra x Wild Trees Milk Chocolate, Cherry, Honey
F3 P16 1 Catuai x Rume Sudan Toffee, Grapefruit, Molasses
F3 P2 3 Sarchimor x Wild Trees Almond, Orange Zest, Currant
F3 P6 1 Catuai x Rume Sudan Passion Fruit, Apricot, Molasses
Varios SHB Mix of various lots Hazelnut, Clove, Red Wine
C Clone
F# Generation Number
P Parcel
Wild Trees Discovered in the wild
Rume Sudan Cultivated tree from Sudan






January 09, 2017 — Kyle Hodges
New Year's Hours

New Year's Hours

New Years hours for our retail locations!

New Years Eve Saturday, 12/31 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
New Years Day Sunday CLOSED

The Mothership
New Years Eve Saturday, 12/31 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
New Years Day Sunday, 1/1 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

New Years Eve Saturday, 12/31 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
New Years Day Sunday, 1/1 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Star Lounge
New Years Eve Saturday, 12/31 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
New Years Day Sunday, 1/1 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

December 30, 2016 — Kyle Hodges


Each of our retail locations will have special hours for Saturday, Dec 24th and Monday, December 26th. All locations will be closed on Sunday, December 25th so everyone can get extra dank with family, friends and that one mystery cousin. Have a GREAT HOLIDANK EVERYONE!!

Christmas Eve Saturday, 12/24 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Christmas Day Sunday, 12/25 CLOSED
Monday, 12/26 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Mothership
Friday, December 23, 6:00am - 8:00pm
Christmas Eve Saturday, 12/24 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Christmas Day Sunday, 12/25 CLOSED
Monday, 12/26 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Star Lounge Coffee Bar
Christmas Eve Saturday, 12/24 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Christmas Day Sunday, 12/25 CLOSED
Monday, 12/26 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
December 23, 2016 — Kyle Hodges
Big Hugs Cast

Big Hugs Cast

#HugsCast is a time-elapse video of DMC brewing coffee at Half Acre Beer Balmoral, Star Lounge Coffee Bar, and Osmium Coffee Bar! We brewed 20 gallons of Unicorn Blood with Pink Himalayan Salt (Cubano style) 1 fluid ounce at a time!!!! All of this was done for the annual Big Hugs beer release!
December 10, 2016 — Kyle Hodges
We Get Lyfted...

We Get Lyfted...


Now that we have your attention, let's explain just how to get these free gifts, courtesy of Lyft. It's all really simple, we know you love DMC coffee and so does Lyft, so we teamed up to make something great happen. All you need to do is follow the three steps below and BOOM! FREE COFFEE!

Unlock Your Bag of Beans 
Get a free bag of Dark Matter Coee beans when new Lyft users take your first ride with Lyft, the app that gets you rides in minutes. Just download and go. All four of the DMC locations will have a specific code to use, so just hop into your favorite one and follow the steps below! 
1. Download the Lyft app for Android or Iphone. Enter the store code in the ‘Payment’ section.
2. Request a ride and get picked up in minutes.
3. Head to the nearest DMC shop, with the code you receive via email, for your free bag.*

*excludes barrel aged or cask conditioned
November 11, 2016 — Kyle Hodges
Tags: lyft
Warm November Rain

Warm November Rain

 When I look into your cup, I can see no love restrained
And darlin' when I drink you, you'll never taste the same, 
      Nothing lasts forever, and we all know our blends change, 
        And it's hard to hold a candle to our Warm November Rain! 

This great cold weather coffee has been a cult classic for Dark Matter Coffee for many years,  it blends together washed Catuai, Caturra, and Catimor blend from Finca San Jeronimo in Guatemala. This coffee comes from Santa Isabel, a special lot on the San Jeronimo Miramar farm. It stands out as an exploration of how drying process, particularly time, can affect coffee. A quick drying process creates a more brittle cell structure, which allows for oxidation and prematurely ages the bean. By elongating the drying time, you can avoid shocking the bean and preserve the nuance and complexity of the coffee. This particular lot has been drawn between 25 and 30 days. 

Intended to help fight the lower temperatures of fall, this coffee will have you singing Sweet Child O'Mine all day with notes of bakers chocolate, macadamia nut and plum. 
Country: Guatemala
Farm: San Jeronimo Miramar
Cultivar: Catuai, Caturra, Catimor
Process: Washed, Slow Dry
Notes: Baker's Chocolate, Macadamia Nut, Plum
Net Wt: 12 oz
November 09, 2016 — Kyle Hodges
Introducing Meddle

Introducing Meddle

Meddle Coffee Bar


DMC is proud to announce the opening of our new location, Meddle! We are super excited to have the world's first Psychedelegance coffee shop! The grand opening date will be Friday, October 21st at 6:00am! 

Below is a brief story of DMC, Meddle's hours and location. Thank you all so much for being a part of this magical Family, we couldn't have done it without the support!! 

Conceptually, Dark Matter resembles a rock 'n roll band, with each location representing "albums".Using this philosophy, Star Lounge Coffee Bar was our freshman album, a break through that continues to energize the Chicago coffee scene. We rapidly gained accolades for our community driven movement with quality as the core focus. Soon after came our roastery, "The Mothership - Intergalactic Headquarters" a hub for experimentation and continual education. An innovative and rule breaking sophomore record, structured around four different roasting machines to profile coffee in ways that had not been approached yet. The headquarters also added new staff in our cosmic army, increasing our fuel for the masses, energizing and creating a new portion of the material universe that is here to stay.

Having successfully conquered the "sophomore slump", we decided to take the time and create another experience outside of our Humboldt Park/Ukrainian Village comfort zone. We took our ideas to the long established neighborhood of Lakeview to open the infamous "Osmium Coffee Bar." (Video recap.) Osmium quickly grabbed the attention of the north side of the city with it's oozing chocolate walls, and thirdeyes watching over the chrome and blue soaked environment. This third location further identified each individual store with unique but extreme differences in design and neighborhood feel, avoiding any replication between locations.

Which brings us to Meddle Coffee Bar, our first downtown shop. After countless sessions with the beyond talented muralist, Jason Brammer, we coined our image for Meddle as "Psychedelegance". With purple swirling floors, white subway tile with black grout,datura trumpets ripping out of the bricks, a coffee jungle coming to life, and purple neon so alive it brings flashbacks to the forefront of your brain, Meddle brings our counter culture spirit to the West Loop neighborhood.

Meddle Coffee Bar
601 West Jackson Blvd
Chicago IL 60661
Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri 6:00am - 6:00pm 
Saturday & Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm 



October 19, 2016 — Kyle Hodges
Ghostface Killah Contest

Ghostface Killah Contest

Ghostface Killah
Calling all our Wu Family out!!! Ghostface Killah will be the featured guest speaker for Chicago Ideas Week on Thursday, October 20th at the MCA. THEN he will be performing at The Metro for the official after party. DMC is giving away the IRONMAN  prize package for some lucky people out there. Here's what you get! 

2 Tickets to Chicago Ideas Week 
2 Tickets to Ghostface Killah at The Metro
1 vinyl LP of IRONMAN
We will be giving away a one of these prize packs via our email blast, Facebook and Instagram. Each of the prizes packs will require different things to do to win. Stay tuned to Facebook and Instagram to find out the other contests for additional chances to win! Metro Tix  Chicago Ideas Tix 
October 18, 2016 — Kyle Hodges
Free Coffee From Luke's Diner

Free Coffee From Luke's Diner

Calling all of you Gilmore Girls fans out there, make sure to get to our Osmium location on Wednesday, October 5th as we transform into a mini-Luke's Diner for a day. What does this mean for you? It means a free cup of coffee!! That's right, Netflix is celebrating the first date that Gilmore Girls ran on air by giving away coffee. All you have to do is come to Osmium, er, we mean Luke's Diner starting at 7:00am to claim your free cup. 


Luke's Diner Gilmore Girls

October 02, 2016 — Kyle Hodges