World-Class Ipsento Coffee Energized by Partnership With Harter Investment Strategies

Collaboration means greater opportunity to engage more people with an immensely satisfying experience

Harter Investment Strategies, a private equity firm, announced today its majority ownership investment in Chicago-based Ipsento Coffee, along with its plans for growth in café locations, menu offerings and product distribution. 

Ipsento specializes in sourcing and roasting seasonal, stand-out coffee. With the National Coffee Association’s recent report on National Coffee Drinking Trends indicating that 59 percent of coffee consumed daily is now classified as gourmet, demand for the high-quality, artisanal offerings of Ipsento Coffee is expected to continue.

The increasing popularity of “third wave” coffee was just one factor that led Harter Investment Strategies CEO Tom Harter to add Ipsento Coffee to the portfolio.

Harter says, “The founder of Ipsento Tim Taylor is a true coffee aficionado and what he has created is very attractive. He knows coffee and he knows his customer. And when my very discerning wife had a cup of Ipsento Coffee, she said it was the best she’d ever had.”

Tim Taylor successfully grew the original Ipsento Coffee café location at 2035 N. Western Avenue and then added a new outlet at 1813 N. Milwaukee Avenue, operating one production facility strategically located between them. He is passionate about coffee and every item that accompanies it, but it is just one expression of Ipsento’s mission to engage people with an immensely satisfying experience. A high-quality liquor and wine program was recently added to the Milwaukee Avenue location, conveniently adjacent to The 606 elevated trail, and more locally sourced menu items are in the works.

“I’ve always been about big ideas and had a knack for doing a lot with a little. Partnering with Harter provides an alignment with our core values and an infusion of capital that allows for taking the brand to the next level,” Taylor explains.

Yelp and Google reviews of Ipsento Coffee reveal high praise and a well-established following sure to grow through the business acumen and nationwide connections of Harter’s team. Plans are underway to add three additional Chicago locations and potentially its first suburban cafe in Naperville.

To learn more about Ipsento Coffee or Harter Investment Strategies, call 630-544-2000 or visit or

About Harter Investment Strategies

Harter Investment Strategies was founded in 2014 by local business leader Thomas Harter Sr. The company provides capital, turnaround expertise and business sale consulting to entrepreneurs, small business owners, boards of directors and private equity firms. With an outstanding management team that collectively represents more than 100 years of business leadership, Harter Investment Strategies specializes in helping businesses grow to their full potential. To learn more, visit

For more information about this topic, please contact Thomas F. Harter Sr. at 630 544 2000 or email at 

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Categories: Food and Beverage Services, Consumer Goods

Tags: coffee industry, coffee roaster, coffee shop

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