The idea for Jo Snow Syrups started when owner, Melissa Yen, owned a café. She became bored of the flavors that were out there. She wanted to offer her customers something unique. Melissa was obsessed with Café de Olla, a classic Mexican coffee drink. She wanted to figure out a way to bring that spiced exciting flavor to her customers, so she created a syrup she could easily add to her lattes. The drink became a hit, nicknamed “Coffee de Oh Yeah” by her regulars.
The café was sold, but the syrups stayed with Melissa and she formed Jo Snow Syrups. Now Melissa has a line of hand crafted artisan syrups made from organic evaporated cane juice, herbs, spices and natural extracts that can be used in coffee, snow cones, cocktails and sodas. In the summer you can find Melissa slinging snow cones at the Logan Square Farmers Market using her seasonal line of syrups made from farmers’ fruit.
Said Melissa, "I am excited about Kultura festival so I can learn more about Filipino culture. I am not super familiar with it and am interested in finding out a little history and to learn about all the cultures that have blended together to become Filipino culture."
"I take my inspiration for my syrups from different cultures, so it will be great to learn more about Filipino food so I can better incorporate those influences into my syrups. I am also obsessed with shaved ice desserts, so am very excited to better understand halo halo and experiment with what makes a perfect mix of textures & flavors."