By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Sep 30, 2016 at 6:26 PM

After news broke this afternoon that Colectivo had severed its contract with SSP America at General Mitchell International Airport, we received news this evening that Valentine Coffee will pick up the contract and take over the three kiosks at the airport.

The new Valentine Coffee locations are on Concourse C, Concourse D and in the Concession Mall. 

"All of us at Valentine Coffee are excited to bring our brand to three new locations at our hometown Airport," says Joe Gilsdorf, co-owner of Valentine Coffee. "We are very proud of our coffee, and our new licensing partnership with SSP America is a great opportunity to introduce our local product to more people from throughout Wisconsin, northern Illinois and beyond."

And the excitement appears to be mutual.

"Valentine Coffee Roasters is one of Milwaukee’s hottest coffee roasters becoming a critical part of the daily coffee ritual for locals," notes Paul Loupakos, Vice President of Business Development.  "SSP America is excited to offer that same small batch, bright and balanced coffee to the passengers of MKE. We are honored that Valentine’s talented entrepreneurs have entrusted SSP America with their popular and growing brand. We look forward to serving up fresh, hot cups of Valentine’s exquisitely made coffee at MKE for years to come."

Valentine Coffee Roasters will also open a second cafe in Emerald Row in Oak Creek. Construction has been delayed on the project, which was expected to be completed later this year, but, Valentine is expected to be up and running in 2017.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.