Tony Dreyfuss

About

In the nearly six and a half years it took Tony Dreyfuss ’97 to graduate with a philosophy degree, he’d held just about every possible odd job in Madison: delivering Big Mike’s Super Subs and Rozino’s pizzas, selling Fudgesicles from an ice-cream truck on campus, driving a Badger cab. In between — and sometimes during — his shifts, he sat in Steep & Brew on State Street nursing a cup of coffee. “I loved the culture,” he says. “There were all shades of people there.”   He got a job at a Peet’s Coffee as a floor sweeper, and almost immediately found himself obsessed with high-quality joe. Dreyfuss worked his way up to trainer and shift leader before joining the management team. Meanwhile, his father, an Indonesian-language professor at the University of Washington, was similarly smitten with coffee after befriending the master roaster at Seattle’s acclaimed Café Vita.   Dreyfuss’s philosophy background prepared him to deliberate ideas slowly, but impulse took over when he and his father attended the mecca of all things java, Seattle’s Coffee Fest, in 2001. With little hesitation, they bought a $40,000 roaster. And not owning a coffee shop where they could put it did not deter them; they decided to build one. After months of scouting locations, Dreyfuss — who had by then moved to Chicago — settled on a spot near Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore campus in the diverse Edgewater neighborhood.
Videos (1)
There Can Be Multiple Bottom Lines
Company Spotlight in Tech
Emmi Solutions
videos (1)
Devin Gross
SMB Help Desk, Inc.
videos (1)
Matthew Cleaver
Vanco International
videos (1)
Brad Corbin
First Communications
videos (1)
Margi Shaw
Tovala
videos (1)
David Rabie
Steadfast Networks
videos (1)
Karl Zimmerman
ANKO Technologies Corp
videos (1)
Anatoliy Kolodkin
ExteNet Systems, Inc.
videos (1)
Ross Manire
Clarity Insights
videos (1)
Tom Thimot
Adage Technologies
videos (2)
Roy Chomko
Lemko
videos (1)
Bo Pyskir
AMPY
videos (1)
Tejas Shastry
MotherG
videos (1)
Dave Davenport
Edovo
videos (1)
Brian Hill
Shiftgig
videos (3)
Eddie Lou
SoloInsight Inc.
videos (1)
Farhan Masood
LuminAID
videos (1)
Andrea Sreshta
PartySlate
videos (1)
Julie Novack
SAP Fieldglass
videos (1)
Jai Shekhawat
mLevel
videos (1)
Dave Cutler
Dealer Inspire
videos (1)
Joe Chura
Esquify, Inc.
videos (1)
Drew Stern
HighGround
videos (1)
Vip Sandhir
Kapow
videos (1)
Marc Halpin
Akouba
videos (1)
Chris Rentner
Kapow
videos (1)
Chris Brown
SiNode Systems
videos (1)
Samir Mayekar
Techstars Chicago
videos (1)
Troy Henikoff
EZLinks Golf
videos (1)
Gary Cohen
10th Magnitude
videos (1)
Alex Brown
Chicago Inno
videos (1)
Will Flanagan
Solstice Mobile
videos (1)
J Schwan
Cloudbakers
videos (1)
Mitch Greenwald
Ora Interactive
videos (1)
Mike Kelly
NuCurrent
videos (2)
Jacob Babcock
Kamea Networks & Technology
videos (1)
Chach DalSanto
MSDSonline
videos (1)
Glenn Trout
Infiniteach
videos (1)
Katie Hench
CityBase
videos (1)
Mike Duffy
ITPeopleNetwork
videos (1)
Amit Dutta
Signature Retail Services
videos (1)
Dan Perry
Fooda
videos (1)
Orazio Buzza
RightHand Technologies
videos (1)
Steve Valentor
Tock
videos (1)
Nick Kokonas
Rubicon Technology
videos (1)
Bill Weissman
King Devick Technologies, Inc.
videos (1)
Danielle Leong
Malwarebytes
videos (1)
Marcin Kleczynski
Analyte Health
videos (1)
Frank Cockerill, M.D.