Endiro Coffee joins 'Illinois Made' program

AURORA - Endiro Coffee in Aurora is one of five businesses in Illinois to join the Illinois Made program from the Illinois Office of Tourism.

The businesses in the Illinois Made program provide visitors and locals with authentic Illinois experiences and contribute to making the state an incredible destination.

Endiro Coffee is a complete tree-to-cup operation, beginning with coffee grown by women-led cooperatives in Uganda. The coffee is exported and then brought to Illinois, where Endiro roasts and brews it in its downtown Aurora coffee shop. Their profits are dedicated to partnerships with local charities focused on ending child vulnerability in the communities of Uganda.

"We know visitors continue to seek out unique off-the-beaten-path experiences when they travel to Illinois," said Jan Kemmerling, acting director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. "By highlighting the experiences and products at these local businesses, we increase state pride as well as visitor spending and tax revenue in these communities while driving visitors deeper into the state."

The other businesses joining the program are Great American Popcorn Co. in Galena, Locavore Farm in Grant Park (Kankakee County), Riggs Beer Company in Urbana and Swoon Living in Chicago.

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