On Friday, a group of lucky fans were treated to the winning combination of java and Jackman.
While in Chicago for his “The Man. The Music. The Show.” tour, Hugh Jackman took to the streets of the Windy City to serve coffee — along with some autographs.
Jackman shared some photos of himself on Instagram, handing out cups of coffee from a black truck with the logo Laughing Man, part of the Laughing Man Coffee Company charitable foundation that he co-founded with David Steingard.
“Big love to CHICAGO!! Thanks so much for turning out and spreading the @laughingmancafe love!” Jackman wrote in the caption, adding, “@keurig#makeeverycupcount #allbehappy.”
Jackman and Steingard, a former criminal prosecutor in Brooklyn, co-founded Laughing Man in 2011 with a mission to support coffee-farming communities “by investing in programs that clear the way to health, growth and success for coffee farmers and their families.”
The idea for laughing man came from Jackman’s 2009 trip to Ethiopia, where the actor met a coffee farmer named Dukale, who was struggling to lift his family out of poverty.
Inspired by Dukale’s story, Jackman opened Laughing Man Coffee in New York City, a venture that expanded into a foundation that also provides college scholarships and housing improvements for coffee farmers and their families in developing countries.
The inspirational story behind Laughing Man was brought to the screen in the 2015 documentary “Dukale’s Dream”.