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It is more than just a library. It is a community center. Thank you to the talented Rob Quigley for creating poetry in design. Just the building itself inspires the imagination and the soul. If you haven’t been, I encourage you to take a cup of coffee and explore. It’s one of my new favorite places in downtown San Diego.

Happy coffee-ing!

It is not often I’m inspired to wax poetic, but Zumbar Coffee & Tea’s new location in Cardiff by the Sea left me feeling a bit whimsical. Don’t worry. There’s no way this gal is quitting her day job for a career as a poet.

If My Coffee Could Talk

It was many and many a year ago,

In a kingdom by the sea

That a maiden there lived whom you may know

for her love of COFFEE not tea;

And this maiden she lived with no other thought

than to love and be loved by me…

Oh yeah, and then there is this! This event will no doubt sell out, so get your tickets and read more by clicking San Diego Caffeine Crawl.
It’s gonna be one hell of an after party. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Oh yeah, and then there is this! This event will no doubt sell out, so get your tickets and read more by clicking San Diego Caffeine Crawl.

It’s gonna be one hell of an after party. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

I just realized, I’ve been holding back on you. Here’s the video recap of the first San Diego TNT (Thursday Night Throwdown a.k.a. Latte Art Competition). It was hosted by Coffee and Tea Collective and organized by the newly established San Diego Coffee Network of which I’m proud to be a part of.

The next TNT will be held Thursday, Dec. 5th at Cafe Virtuoso. This TNT will feature more coffee, a spanish style cortado and a $10 Sushi & Beer deal from Sushi On A Roll, Cafe Virtuoso’s adjoining neighbor. I’ll share the video invite with you very soon. In the meantime, enjoy the video above (2min).

Happy Coffee-ing!

Some day San Diego will have hipsters battling yuppies battling boomers battling heart disease too. Something to aspire to don’t you think?

Happy Tuesday everyone! xo

Event!

Come on out October 17th! 7-9pm at Coffee & Tea Collective. This is why I joined up with the San Diego Coffee Network (SDCN) Team. To bring San Diego events like these. Hope to see you there! Cheers!

*TNT = Thursday Night Throwdown = Barista Latte Art Competition*

Pour over bar will be open and local Roasters will be pouring tastes.

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A short video invite to TNT. Spread the word!

Buy a Pourover Feed a Child in East Africa.

Table For Two Organizer, Mayumi Uejima-Carr (left), Nikki Nakashima of Bird Rock & Owner, Chuck Patton (right).

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is teaming up with Table For Two whose mission it is to address both the obesity and hunger issues faced by over 2 billion people on the planet simultaneously. It does this buy incentivizing healthier meal options while dining out, or in this case drink options in the “over-nourished” world, with a donation to the “under-nourished” world of just .25, which is all it takes to feed a hungry child one healthy meal a day in regions facing food crisis like East Africa.

Right now, you can purchase a pourover from Bird Rock’s pourover bar of their Kenyan Makwa, which they encourage you drink without cream or sugar, and they will donate .25 of your purchase to feed a child in East Africa. In addition, Chuck Patton, the owner of Bird Rock Coffee will match each donation, so you’re actually ensuring a meal to two children that they otherwise would not have.

Patton is a Direct Trade Roaster, which means he prefers to work directly with the farmers who produce the beans he buys to ensure not only that the farmer is paid fairly, but consistently rewarded more directly for quality beans. He often directly invests in the farms to ensure a sustainable relationship both with the people of the farms and the environment. This desire for more socially responsible trade practices through a direct relationship with the farmer has drawn other Roasters to this approach.

Currently, East African—Ethiopian, Kenya and Rwandan—coffees are filtered and processed through Mills. There is no lot separation, so it is difficult to determine what beans come from which farmers, and which farmers are producing the highest quality beans. This is something that after two trips to East Africa, Patton is hoping to remedy in the company of other Roasters, such as Klatch, Temple and Portola seeking the same direct relationship the third time around come January 2014.

The norm in African Coffee, Patton explains, is to have one Mill that serves roughly a thousand farmers. The Mill owners buy the coffee cherries and do all the processing, but do not separate lots. This means most coffees are a blend of beans from as many as 1000 lots. The Mill owner negotiates a price with importers/exporters or the beans simply go to auction. Right now, Direct Trade establishments, like Patton’s Bird Rock Coffee, must choose based on the general happiness of the farmers doing business with the Mill, and how transparent the Mill is about its books. The goal, however, is a direct relationship with the farmer.

Currently Patton has relationships with Mill Owners and is hoping on his return trip during mid-harvest to be able to cup coffees at origin from separate lots that identify which farms the beans came from. This will be a huge step toward creating a more direct and sustainable relationship in that region. Enamored with how easy it is to feed a child and give back to the people of Kenya and East Africa through the Table For Two program, Patton decided to implement Coffee For Two.

Having witnessed the most abject poverty he’s ever experienced first hand in Nairobi, even compared with anything he’s seen traveling to origin in Central and South America, Patton felt instinctually compelled to do such a simple thing to give back when approached by San Diego Organizer Mayumi Uejima-Carr.

One warm meal a day means the difference in whether a child will attend school according to Uejima-Carr. In fact, in many cases children attend school because they know they can count on that one meal. Table For Two was kind enough to share some of the smiling faces of the children in Western Kenya receiving one of these meals. Since Table For Two began serving East Africa, over 16,718,495 meals have been shared. Buy a healthier beverage or meal in San Diego with participating restaurants or cafes, and .25 cents goes to feed a child.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting my next Pour Over at Bird Rock and drinking it black. I won’t just be delighting in the subtleties of their Kenyan coffee, I’ll be delighting in the thought that a warm meal will produce smiles like these.

Photo provided by Table For Two.

If you’re a restaurant, cafe owner or local roaster, and you want to implement Table For Two or Coffee For Two at your establishment, write Mayumi Uejima-Carr at m.uejima@tablefor2.org. 

Until next time San Diego, Stay Classy, Happy, Healthy and Wise!

Happy Coffee-ing!

Throwdown, for those new to the magic that happens behind the espresso machine, doesn’t actually include wrestling of any sort. This isn’t a blood sport. It’s a Latte Art competition. And while there won’t be blood, there will be coffee…to taste. Local Roasters like Cafe Virtuoso and James Coffee Co. will be pouring tasting flights while Baristas bust out their mad latte art skills behind the bar. After party to be announced. Hope to see you there San Diego! xo

Throwdown, for those new to the magic that happens behind the espresso machine, doesn’t actually include wrestling of any sort. This isn’t a blood sport. It’s a Latte Art competition. And while there won’t be blood, there will be coffee…to taste. Local Roasters like Cafe Virtuoso and James Coffee Co. will be pouring tasting flights while Baristas bust out their mad latte art skills behind the bar. After party to be announced. Hope to see you there San Diego! xo