Bridgeport Coffee founder Mike Pilkington knows his roaster is a bit of a relic. The Sivetz he uses doesn’t have the programmable roasting profiles or digital bells and whistles of modern machines. Actually, some of those models resemble a science experiment or metal-and-wire game of Mouse Trap with a separated gas heat source and roasting chamber.
What it does have is a reputation for developing flavors that are rich, drinkable and complex. Together, the partnership of Pilkington and his Sivetz has been a steady player in Chicago specialty coffee since batches started emerging from the basement roastery at 31st and Morgan in 2004.