From theage.com For many Melburnians, our barista was the shining
Owner Marta Vidal and her husband, Heber are giving back to the South American community they call home. As immigrants from Colombia, they have seen the challenges that the country’s coffee harvesters face firsthand.
Just a few months ago, Phillip Tang was working at Sawada Coffee in Chicago, making coffee art and pulling perfect espresso shots. Then the pandemic hit and boom–welcome to the unpredictable world of unemployment.
Peyton Short loves the Black & Brew coffee shop in Lakeland.
The 27-year-old is there all the time. So many delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There is one problem. For the longest time, the visually-impaired man couldn’t read the menu.
As many businesses struggle with closures and changing public health guidelines, 1951 Coffee Company is no exception. The cafe’s three locations have been reopening gradually. The College Avenue location reopened May 20, and the one on Channing Way — the company’s first location — reopened July 15. The Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union location, however, is still closed, as students are not on campus.
The layoff became effective today, and ten baristas alleged to Mission Local that several of those who were let go had denied management’s repeated requests to go back to work because they feared the impact of coronavirus on their health.
Try Hard’s menu represents the owners Raechel Hurd, Gabrielle Rose, and Jon French’s passion for coffee, with a full spectrum of roasts and many experimental varieties. Coffee is also for sale by the bag. In addition, there are several housemade non-coffee beverages, like Pineapple Jalapeno Big Swig, with a Tajin spice rim and a sweet coconut cream foam, or an Italian soda made with hibiscus tea concentrate.
Starbucks is offering its baristas a voluntary leave of absence program for employees impacted by trimmed work schedules amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the company told workers.
“So many of us were just speechless. We didn’t have the words to even say thank you adequately,” Williams said. “Like, that is just such a big thing to do for two people that just own a small business to say all this hard work that you’ve been doing, here’s how we want to thank you.”
The term “coffee community” gets thrown around a lot, mostly when talking about the quality of a city’s coffee scene or about the fraternal nature of its coffee professionals. While these usages aren’t incorrect, there is a sense of the phrase that gets more to the heart of what the terms really means, and it is one that times of disaster often pulls into focus. It’s the idea of a community, not really in the geographical sense, but within the notion that its members look out for one another, particularly by the sharing of resources.