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From Lake County, Indiana, To Lake County, Illinois, Specialty Coffee Roaster Builds Business Inspired By Years Touring With Musicians


When it comes to drive — having one and making one — few have Alex Axotis beat.

As the owner of Ffeine Coffee, he’s in Crown Point most days, roasting, packaging and shipping from the location he opened in spring 2018. The warehouse roastery, tucked away in a quiet industrial park, is equal parts laboratory, workshop and home away from home.

He’s also in Highland Park, Ill., nearly every day, 90 minutes to the north. It’s where he grew up, still lives and has a foothold in the local specialty coffee community. Axotis’ coffee is on the shelf in neighborhood grocery stores, select Whole Foods and a number of other outlets around the North Shore and Chicago.

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