For some of you, this may be the first time you’re seeing the anchor logo of the newly established San Diego Coffee Network.
This is the latest advent of my adventures in local coffee in San Diego, and the reason why posts here have slowed to a trickle. After three years blogging about local coffee, experimenting with event creation and making some great connections, it became clear that it was time to team up for the next leg of this grand adventure.
Ultimately, San Diego Coffee Network’s big picture goal is to put San Diego on the map as a coffee city. Our mission toward this end is to elevate San Diego’s coffee culture through social, educational and competitive member-driven events.
As a network, we’re setting ourselves up to be the grass roots conduit for uniting the three pillars of our community: Craft Coffee Ownership, Baristas, and Home Enthusiasts.
To this end, we’re not just creating social and competitive events, we’re also in the process of collaborating to build a LAB space (coming June of 2014). This LAB space will be the center for fulfilling the educational piece of our mission for all three community pillars.
For Craft Coffee Ownership, we will offer staff financially accessible training by an SCAA Certified Barista Trainer. We’re talking the basics. Latte Art is the last class that will be taught. Learning how to dial in and pull a perfect shot no matter what tools you have to work with will be the most important focus. A full list of classes will be released in the coming months. Naturally, we’ll also be preparing to consult, which will go hand-in-hand with best practices.
Those that are passionate about coffee and want to learn the basics before applying for a Barista position will be able to do so, and given priority when applying for jobs in San Diego with their certificate of completion. Baristas who have always wanted to take their skills to the next level will be able to do so. In addition, we are designing a scholarship program, where we hope to eventually send Baristas via an application process, to Barista Camp and to take SCAA Certification Courses. But the important thing is being able to make learning fun and accessible for those passionate about coffee as a career choice. There is so much room for growth and we want to give Baristas the tools to succeed as many will go on to hopefully open new cafes themselves.
Finally, last, but not least, home enthusiasts. I’m rebranding my blog and going public as an extension of the SDCN to bring you the SD Coffee Club. As your host, I’ll be scheduling regular meet-ups at local craft coffee cafes and roasters in San Diego County. The first will be announced soon! In addition, I’m harnessing my relationships with local roasters to bring you a monthly subscription service delivering fresh locally roasted coffees to your door. Stay tuned via Facebook for the first meet-up and pre-launch special of the coffee subscription service. I’ll also host home enthusiast classes and brew dates at our LAB for some home brewing coffee fun! Lots to look forward too!
This means that this will likely be one of my last posts on Tumblr. I will be exporting my blog shortly to SDCoffeeClub.com (still under construction). So I ask that you stay in touch either via our many social media channels at sdcoffeenetwork.com, or via the SD Coffee Club Facebook Page to get news in the meantime. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you will notice my handle change of @SDCoffeeClub, and it will all make so much more sense now.
As always, drink local. Drink often. And Happy Coffee-ing!