Monday, February 22, 2010

The Comfort of a Coffee Snob

This weekend, I went to visit my friend in St. Louis. I haven't seen her since November, so it was a joyous occasion. I basically got to live life with her for the weekend, which was grand.

Saturday morning, she had to work at the local coffeeshop. Around 7:30, I pulled myself out of bed for some breakfast and coffee. When I arrived, my friend's work was hopping. I stepped up to order my cappecino, met with a oh so familiar question: "Would you like a traditional cappecino?" I breathed out a thankful, "yes". Anyone, who works in the specialty coffee industry can relate with my feelings of relief when met with such a reassuring question that you are indeed in a legit coffee house.

As I sat sipping on my cappe and nibbling my mocha muffin, I just watched the craziness around me. It was incredible to see people frantically searching for seats. One couple sat so close to me, it was impossible not to eaves drop a little bit. 

But more impressive than the amount of people was the amount of diversity. A young almost hippie-like couple sat to my right. My left was an elderly man reading the paper. Ahead of me was an international student studying. Next to her, were two middle-aged ladies that looked like old friends. Next to them was a mother and a daughter. The little girl could not have been more than five and had the most enchanting red curls. 

It amazes me how one coffee shop can bring so many different people together, and the commitment that all of these people exhibit to this particular coffee shop at 8 am in the morning on SATURDAY!

Because one cup is never enough, I had breakfast and coffee with my cousins at Booster's Cafe. It was the most darling cafe. A significant portion of their profit goes to Africa. Hmmm...sound familiar? Most of the waitresses were international students, and again, the customers all came from diverse backgrounds. An interracial couple sat next to me and my cousins speaking in a language I did not recognize. What a breath of fresh air!

My coffee experience was not all wonderful in St. Louis, however. While we were walking in St. Louis, my friend and I passed a coffee shop that will remain nameless. Immediately, bad memories of horrible coffee and service flooded my mind. 

In high school, I had visited that shop with a fellow barista. That experience was so horrible that I wrote a paper on how horrible it truly was.

But that shop is special to me as well, because it was at that moment in high school that I realized I had truly become a "coffee snob".

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Crazy Combo Career

Today, in my Public Speaking II class, we were supposed to practice introducing speeches. Last week, we interviewed a classmate and then the classmate came up with a random topic for us to be speaking about. Well, who would have thought that my partner would have taken all my crazy different interests and rolled them into one.

I have to give credit it where it is due. Ashton May made me a Public Relations practitioner of a up and coming coffee roasting company that gave a portion of their profits to orphanages around the world. Wow, there it is. Coffee, culture, and community all rolled into one.

Now, I have to add on to Ashton's incredible idea. What if there was a company that did direct trade with the coffee farms of developing countries and money from selling their coffee was used to help the orphans in their community or other poverty in their community. What a beautiful relationship potential!

Okay, so I am just a college student right now, but this would be such a neat company to be apart of. Just like Public Relations combines all my random creative interests of writing, design, speaking, event planning, etc., this company would combine my love for coffee and passion for reaching out to the poverty in other countries, especially orphans.

If you are reading this blog and thinking, wow this is a GREAT idea, I think I am going to steal it from her and claim it as my own, AWESOME. Please just let me come do PR for you someday. We all need to think of creative ways to give back to the community: locally and globally.

Ideas can come in many forms so always pay attention...even in Speech class!

I hope you enjoy this journey with me exploring how coffee, culture, and community all relate to another. Pin It