Pumpkin Spice 5k

Pumpkin Spice 5k

The Pumpkin Spice 5K Run/Walk takes place during the most beautiful time of year in Chicago and along its spectacular lakefront.  Join us for a scenic, family-friendly 5K Run or Walk through the historic lakefront area of Chicago’s Jackson Park.


Whitney Young High School is Chicago’s first public magnet school bringing together students from across Chicago. Whitney Young provides an academically rigorous education, consistently ranked among the best public high schools in the state and the top 50 in the nation. It was recently named the most diverse school in the nation. Each year 2,200 students walk the halls, study in classrooms, labs and libraries, and participate in over 100 clubs, 52 athletic sports teams and fine and performing arts. For the 5th year in a row, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) names it “The School of Champions”. Help support the academic, athletic and artistic excellence and be a part of the Pumpkin Spice 5k.


October 04, 2017 — Kyle Hodges
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
October 04, 2017 — Kyle Hodges
Shawnimal's Hug Lyf & Other Helping Hands

Shawnimal's Hug Lyf & Other Helping Hands

Every Saturday morning, you can count on Shawnimals being at Star Lounge, hanging out and chatting it up with his fellow friends and neighbors. So we are stoked that a piece, or pieces, of Shawnimals will be around 7 days a week, as he is the featured guest artist for his favorite watering hole. His work is WELL KNOWN throughout the world through his Ninjatown video game, plush toys, and also as a featured artist in March 2016's Ninja Blend. Check out all of his rad things, read epic stories of good versus evil, and download his Ninjatown game at Ninjatown.com and Shawnimals.com. The kick off party will be Friday, October 6th, complete with coffee, music, beer and snacks! 


A universal notation that can be applied anywhere.  

October 01, 2017 — Kyle Hodges
Throwback blends!

Throwback blends!

Greetings everyone, happy 10 year Dark Matter anniversary! Each one of these bends were constructed before we had a roasting facility, and Star Lounge was our only brick and mortar. These blends definitely have a nostalgic flavor to them, giving an interesting look into how and what we used to roast and represent ourselves. These are limited to so make sure to try them before they're gone! 
Love Supreme (Throwback Blend)- 15#
Guru Java- 10#
Ethiopia Hambela 
Sumatra Ketiara
Funk 50- 10#
Brazil Natural 
Flying J's Mocha Java- 10#
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe
Ethiopia Hambela
Sumatra Ketiara
Ganesha (Espresso)- 40#
Sumatra Ketiara
Ethiopia Hambela
July 11, 2017 — 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
June 21, 2017 — Kyle Hodges
Beer & Coffee Lovers Can Finally Have It All!

Beer & Coffee Lovers Can Finally Have It All!

DMC are crazy beer geeks just like you. From our collaborations, to our packaging, etc, it's a fact that we love beer. Now we have taken things a step further and incorporated different fermentation using ingredients that make beer possible. These experimental processes are new to both the DMC inventory and the coffee community as a whole. Our goal is using a culinary approach to coffee, combined with knowledge, and fun, we learned from our many beer collaborations over the years. Now combining all that together, we are ready to introduce a new series of coffees that will satisfy even the biggest beer geek/coffee fanatic out there. 

These releases will be a combination of single origin and blends, using hopped or yeast fermented coffee. (Just like the beer making process) The first two in the series, Citra hops and Saison yeast, were also released last year, with great success. This year's harvest is no different, yielding yet another round of delicious coffees. 

Future releases will involve the following yeast or hops. 
Crystal Hop Fermented Catuai
Beer Blend (Combining one yeast and one hop fermented coffee.)
Bohemian Weiss Yeast fermented Catuai
Hallertau Blanc Hop Fermented Catuai

Saison Fermented Catuai

Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a species of yeast primarily needed to produce beer, wine and bread. Because of the abilities of this microbe, Saccharomyces has become one of the most studied and cultivated organisms in the world.

Yeast, a type of fungi, is a single cell organism needed for coffee to be processed. To be clear, coffee fermentation doesn't need Saccharomyces, as there is a whole universe of other yeasts out there for fermentation. Fermentation tanks usually consist of a soup of microbes that also feed on coffee sugars and are almost always open air, and made of cement. Beer, wine and bread need the byproducts of yeast for them to be successful and gain complexity and flavor, while coffee does not. At the very least, coffee needs microbes to break down the sugary gelatinous layer of pectin surrounding a coffee bean to be dried properly. We've purposefully inoculated coffee fermentation tanks with Saccharomyces so we can layer the esters and acids it produces into the coffee.

When propagated, yeast will live the most amazingly simple life on the planet - it eats, it mates and sleeps in abundance, and if it's happy, that's all these critters will do their entire life. All yeast strains have slightly different preferences to be happy but overall they need:
-water with regulated temperature and pH
We've had great results from Saison yeast in the past. It's sturdy and not particularly fussy over its environment or *food*. Characteristics like this are ideal for us, due to the unruly and unpredictable nature of open-air fermentation tanks. Saison yeast produces esters and phenols that give saison beer their signature flavors - think bubblegum, banana or clove. As the coffee sits, it can absorb these flavors and take on a unique set of characteristics.

Once the saison yeast is active, we add it to the fermentation tank with freshly pulped coffee. This process fundamentally alters the ecosystem of the tank. The combined characteristics will stay present through the rest of processing, roasting and finally brewing.

Citra Hopped Catuai
We have played with hopping coffees using two processes. Currently, we send out iced coffee brewed with Citra hops, but this process is not related to this whole bean coffee. 

In this process we added dry hops to freshly pulped coffee in a fermentation tank at the farm. Hops flowers have resin glands that produce bittering compounds that inhibit microbial production. The dissolved hops make a "marinade" for the coffee to ferment. Similarly to the saison yeast, the roasted coffee has a subtle layer of hop character, which should add juicy fruity qualities to the bean.

June 11, 2017 — Kyle Hodges

Anthrax's Charlie Benante & DMC Join Forces!

LOS ANGELES, CA - (Wednesday, June 7, 2017) -- Anyone who knows Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante knows his deep and passionate love for the taste of coffee.  So much so that two years ago, he launched his own line, "Benante's Blend."  Today, having forged a collaboration with Chicago's Dark Matter Coffee Co., "Benante's Blend" has undergone enhancements that include higher quality choice of coffee beans, a change in the way the beans are roasted that give the coffee a larger and more flavorful taste, and other tweaks, Benante and Dark Matter are proud to announce the relaunch of "Benante's Blend."
Charlie Benante
Photo credit: Francis Ruiz
The coffee will still be available in two varieties, the "Be All End All" blend which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the "Forever Metal" blend, a milder coffee.  And, despite the upgrades, Benante is keeping the price the same.
"I'd been hearing about Dark Matter for awhile," said Benante.  "They're based in Chicago where I live, so I tried some of their coffee and thought it was great.  We hooked up, I went down to their headquarters and spent a day there just talking coffee, doing some tasting and I have to say, I felt like I was part of this coffee family.  Everyone there really enjoys the art of coffee, as do I, so this was something I was really interested in being a part of.  We worked together to come up with what I feel is a perfect cup of coffee, and I'm happy to say that my Benante's Blend is under the umbrella of the Dark Matter coffee family."
Benante spent a good deal of time over the last ten months in Dark Matter's "cupping lab," tasting a variety of coffees, different blends, flavors and roasts. This process allowed Charlie to peer behind the curtain, learning why the Central American coffees sourced by Dark Matter are among the best in the world.  After numerous blind tastings, Charlie zeroed in on what would make his perfect cup of coffee. 
"One of the most exciting things about working with Dark Matter," Benante added, "is that they're not just going to put out my two Benante's Blend coffee line; we're already talking about our next project, another coffee idea that will blow people away, and we're all really excited about that."
June 07, 2017 — 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. 

May 22, 2017 — Kyle Hodges
Launch of Supernova Cannabis + Coffee + Chocolate Bars!

Launch of Supernova Cannabis + Coffee + Chocolate Bars!

Supernova Bar
We are super excited to finally share this great news, our first collaboration of cannabis, coffee and chocolate! DMC & Nature's Grace and Wellness are teaming up to produce a new line of products, with the Supernova Bar as the first offering! Join us on Thursday, April 13th (6-9pm) for the launch party at Emporium Logan Square
April 06, 2017 — 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.

March 27, 2017 — Kyle Hodges