Pilot Pete’s Coffee & Treats, located inside the Elmhurst Metra Station, has been serving the “Best Coffee Around” since December 2011.
Pilot Pete’s provides an experience beyond that of your average coffee shop, it is a place that plays a different vinyl record each day, where your insulators on the coffee cups have inspiring quotes such as, ‘If you want to fly, you need to give up what weighs you down, Let us caffeinate you to soar beyond greatness’ ; where the tip jar is filled with thought-provoking ‘tips’ to give the coffee lovers a positive mindset; a place where you get a free Fly-by Coffee and pastry complete with a candle on your birthday.
At Pilot Pete’s, we are serious about investing in our local economy. When you purchase from us, your money goes straight back into our community. We purchase supplies from an average of 17 different local small businesses to ensure we are invested in our economy. We are local. Our coffee is roasted by The Coffee & Tea Exchange, Chicagolands first independent coffee roaster. With over 25+ years’ experience, they have mastered the coffee roasting process and perfected our Blends, resulting in ‘The Best Coffee Around!’
Meet Pete!
Pilot Pete’s Coffee & Treats was born on December 5, 2011 in the Elmhurst Metra Station. Although I was only 20 years old, I had plenty of experience working with coffee. It all started when I was 14 years old and worked for the Chocolate Moon Coffee Company. It was there that I learned the ins and outs of the coffee experience. From there I moved on to the biggest coffeehouse company in the world, Starbucks. I was the youngest Starbucks employee hired in the state of Illinois at the age of 15.
One of the most memorable days as a barista with Starbucks was when I served Starbucks CFO. Unbeknownst to me who he was, after he placed his order with me and had his coffee, he approached me and asked for my name. He mentioned how he was impressed with my ability to work quickly, by the books, while maintaining excellent customer service and overall customer experience. He was shocked to hear I was only 16 years old at the time and gave me his business card and told me to contact his assistant when I turned 18. He was interested in having me pursue a job in strategic customer experience at their downtown Chicago corporate office. He also gave me a $5.00/hour raise and offered me free training to become a coffee master. From ages 16 to 20, I became a coffee master and worked shifts at 6 different Starbucks locations on a regular basis. It was my years here where my vision of the perfect coffee experience was created.