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Our vendors are indeed our partners.  We work directly with each of them to ensure that the best products are brought to your table and your cup.  We like to work with companies as close to Planet Perk Café as possible and to work with family owned businesses whenever possible.  We also tend to work with companies that share our core values.  

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Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

Headquartered at 1850 W. Fulton Street in Chicago, Illinois. Intelligentsia has several retail cafe locations throughout the Chicago area, as well as cafés and a roasting operation in Los Angeles. The company was founded in 1995 by Doug Zell and Emily Mange.

Intelligentsia is a Direct Trade supplier.  Meaning they buy their beans directly from growers in Central America, South America, East Africa, and Ethiopia.

They currently operate four gas-powered Ideal Rapid Gothot Roasters at the Chicago Roasting Works. Two 90-kilo roasters and a 23-kilo reside in Chicago and a 40 kilo in Los Angeles. The machines date from the 1950s and were handcrafted from cast-iron and steel in Stuttgart, Germany.

Intelligentsia has won many national and international awards and is consistently ranked in the Top-3 of all coffee roasters.  Intelligentsia has even appeared on Oprah’s List.

Chuck & James Granola

This wonderful, chewy granola is made fresh and shipped to us from Sydney, Montana.  

This stuff is so good, that we have had pre-order more every week!  Cherry Pistachio, Blueberry Pecan, and Vanilla are the flavors we serve in a variety of dishes.

Rishi Tea

Rishi Tea was founded in 1997 in Milwaukee’s 3rd Ward by Joshua Kaiser, who found a way to combine his passions for travel, world cultures, global culinary traditions, and herbology into a business  A growing consumer interest among Americans in the origin driven nuances of coffee and wine led Joshua to believe that the time was ripe to introduce true teas to the American market.

The word Rishi originates is from Sanskrit and means “one who is a seer, sage, or seeker of truth.”

We have come to appreciate the quality of their organic teas and their verification of fair trade leaves.

DWC Specialties

DWC Specialties opened its doors in 1990 as the Dough Works Co. The Dough Works was a small retail manufacturer of bakery products located in downtown Horicon, Wisconsin.

They are a family owned business that cares about quality, their customers and their community.  That’s why we love them.