Cafe K’tizo

Cafe K’tizo
1915 N Gary Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187

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They call me a regular,
A coffee drinker in their teashop
So addicted to their blended matcha
I simply cannot stop

I eye the other drinks
And my friends have tried them all
But I stick with my refresh-ment
Summer, winter, spring, and fall

Owner Judy says it’s healthy
Like most of their yummy fare
That may ease my guilt somewhat,
But—sip, mmm—I’m not really sure I care

At times I eat the veggie quiche,
A salad, or soup of beans
But the reason I go again, again
Is my drink of powdered greens

Ok, I must admit I lied,
My reasons are galore
I love the staff, the vibe, the space,
The changing art displays and more

I call it my office away from home
Where I’m met with a welcoming smile
I set up my laptop, order my drink
And settle in for a while

On breaks from work, I roam the shop
As there is much to see
For Judy loves the whole globe round
And embraces it all in her world of tea

Feel like assam bop or mango mate?
Pu’erh, rooibos, or Formosa oolong?
There’s all this and much more—
Even a cinnamon named Mekong!

So stop on in.
I guarantee
Get a matcha and
A regular you’ll be

Contributed by: Jen Underwood, a writer, student, and mom. She and her family are moving into the city of Chicago this summer, but she hopes to still visit K’tizo from time to time. You can check out her writing at her blog:!

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  1. youthfoodblog

    June 21, 2016 at 5:04 am

    A great poem! i love the rhymes!

  2. awesomemikhail

    June 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I enjoyed this poem. Awesome one.

  3. tciparexcellence

    June 21, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Jen Underwood, you never disappoint
    I’m headed for chi-town mañana
    Props to you, I’m checkin’ out this joint.

    That was a really fun piece! I really am coming for a couple weeks tomorrow. It would be fun to catch up.
    ~ Lynnette

    1. jdunderwood

      June 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Lynnette! I would love to catch up! Have you made it to K’tizo yet? If not, we could meet there? I still have my WA email address; contact me!

  4. Divya Deepak Rao

    June 24, 2016 at 12:31 am

    How cute! That’s a lovely poem 🙂

    1. jdunderwood

      June 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks so much! I had fun writing it.

  5. jerseydreaming

    June 25, 2016 at 1:55 am

    What a great idea for a blog.

  6. Jonathan Caswell

    June 27, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  7. EhItsJustDavey

    June 30, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I’m a little worried about following you, see I love pounds of poetry and crave fortunes of food and together I may become ultra obese what with such words and fine tuned testaments of tasty treats. 🙂

  8. fortyandeverythingafter

    July 2, 2016 at 11:04 am

    If it were near me I would definitely go to this cafe. The writing really helps me envisage the whole atmosphere of this place 🙂

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