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An unnatural nightmare...

Once so thick with pollution you could walk on it, Bridgeport's Bubbly Creek is currently awaiting a natural renaissance...

...now awaiting restoration

...such as this proposed design from landscape architecture firm Wenk.


Bubbly Creek

Bubbly Creek


Origin: Southern Indonesia
Certifications: Fair Trade – Organic
Farmer: Smallholder – COOP
In the Cup: Heavy Body, Herbs, Lemon

I look for more obscure, washed beans for this Southern Indonesian Blend. The spirit of this coffee is a simpler, clean, easy to drink cup with a hint of the big citrus typical of this region. Sometimes this coffee is absolutely fantastic, sometimes just good… depending on where I am in blending process. Right now it is fantastic.

There’s a story about Bubbly Creek. I don’t know if it’s true, but it seems plausible to me. In the early 20th century… Seems there was a dispute between the residents of Bridgeport and the meat packers over the lard that floated on Bubbly Creek. The people were skimming the lard from the top of the water (see picture below), using it for cooking. The meat packers said the lard belonged to them as it was the hides they threw in the water that created wetlands-logo20it. The alderman decided in favor of the meat packers and passed an ordinance from keeping the people away. There is also a famous photograph of a chicken walking on the water. WOW!

We support the efforts of The Wetlands Initiative in their efforts to return our area wetlands and area waterways to a state that our native plants and animals can return. I became acquainted with this organization a number of years ago when they had a proposal to convert the south branch (Bubbly Creek) of the Chicago River to a wetland. Unfortunately, politics and finances got in the way, and that project is dead. The organization lives on and continues to do fantastic work.

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