Jams of the Month | Ed. 6

Coffee in the morning,
Coffee in the evening,
Coffee at supper time.
When coffee's sitting in front of me,
I'm going to drink coffee anytime!


So here is the unnecessary 411: Tommy loves coffee, in particular, iced coffee. It can be 98 and rising or it can be a balmy 32 and snowing. Either way, I love iced coffee.

During college I would often visit a certain coffee shop, one with green aprons, to get my caffeine fix, to get homework and studying done, to write, to catch up with friends, or simply to relax and let the day pass by. Whether you fully realize it or not, there is always a playlist of music playing in the background. Ambient music to fill any awkward quietness that may arise, not that there is much opportunity for that in a bustling coffee shop.

Most coffee shop playlists that I've come across consist of more indie or folk music. While I enjoy this music from time to time, it is not really my cup of tea. Well, I don't really drink tea, so that in and of itself is a sign that it's just not a right fit. I prefer something a little more electronic. I am not saying that I want to listen to the beat drop on Skrillex's last track, but something other than guitars and ukuleles would be nice.

Below is my idea of a good coffee shop playlist. A nice cover or two. Something with a good beat. And most importantly songs that aren't going to make me fall asleep! Enjoy!


Jams of the Month | Ed. 6
song | artist

Stood Me Up | DWNTWN
Furthermore | Royce Wood Junior
Waiting | Aquilo
This Is Love | Cappa
Cages | Woolf and the Wondershow
No Scrubs (feat. Jon Santana) | Cappa, Jon Santana
If You Leave Me Now | Foxes
Temple - Lenno Remix | Parson James
Coming Home | Sigma, Rita Ora
This Might Hurt | ROMANS
Been There Done That | Etch
In Two Minds | Sunday Night Syndrome
Not Afraid | Basic Tape
Holding On (GITCHII Remix) [feat. Josef Salvat & Niia] | Tourist
We Don't Talk Anymore (feat. Selena Gomez) | Charlie Puth
House On Fire | Sia
Take A Look Around | The 2 Bears Spring
Breeze | DJ Roc
Pale Green Ghost | John Grant
All Eyes on You | St. Lucia

Chicago SMAK: Heritage General Store

Heritage General Store  

How is it that my brother doesn't even live in Chicago and he is offering up the best suggestions of places to check out? Touché Erik, touché!

Since moving to Chicago I have been able to resist the urge to purchase coffee at Starbucks or local coffee shops. Half because I have zero money to spend and half because I am up so early that I don't have time to go out of my way to get to an open store. I've gotten really good at setting my coffee maker to automatic brew and waking up of a fresh pot of coffee all ready. I have to admit, I don't miss coffee shops as much as I thought I would. Until I went to this place...

cold brew

Heritage General Store combines two worlds and lifestyles all in one location. Bicycles. Coffee. Check out this kick-ass video made by Philip Giancola, a writer/director in Chicago, that takes a deeper look at the local bike & coffee shop:

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Heritage brews Stumptown Coffee, a brand out of Portland, Oregon that I first fell in love with in NYC when I stumbled upon it at the Ace Hotel. There is so much depth and flavor to their coffees. I am thrilled to have found a store within walking distance of my apartment that sells Stumptown Coffee! The further away I get from my time at Starbucks, the more passionate I have become about supporting local coffee shops. I have found that the coffee is significantly better and I enjoy the experience that much more. When it comes to the money aspect of it all, I would much rather be giving that to local businesses to eat, breath and sleep their companies.


I am excited to have this coffee shop in my own backyard - I can definitely say that I will be going here often.