2711 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Chicago. Libertyville. Madrid. Paris. Seattle. New York City. Portland. Dallas. Dublin. Boston. Marseilles. Los Angeles. Minneapolis.
When it really comes down to it - coffee is rather universal. Sure, there are different blends. Flavored coffees. Specialty coffees. But at the end of the day, coffee is coffee. Or should I put it this way...no matter where I am in the world, I will never pass up a cup of coffee. Perhaps it is simply my addiction, nah, love, to caffeine. It's normal, to love that blissfully caffeinated elixir as much as I do, right? I'm not alone, am I? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
With all of this said, there are factors that can make the experience that much better. Like sitting outside a cafe in Paris, cappuccino in hand, looking out at the Eiffel Tower. Or what about sitting in a cabana in Nerja, Spain, sun beating down, quietly sipping an espresso and enjoying fresh fruit and a tortilla española? Yup, that sounds okay to me as well. Talk about dream - can I be doing either of those options right now?
But what about on a serious note? What if you went to a coffee shop that gave back to its community? Would that make you think a little differently about the experience?
In Seattle, Washington, there is a small coffee shop called Street Bean. This "non-profit organization provides street-involved youth the opportunity to reclaim their lives, one cup at a time. Every time you purchase a bag of [their] coffee, you fund one hour of job training for a young person exiting street life." It is kind of incredible - to see people recognize a need in their community and take action instead of watching it continue. In partnership for New Horizons, Street Beans trains youth to become baristas. What is even more incredible is the non-tangible skills the kids gain by going through the program - communication skills, conflict resolution, team work, empathy, responsibility, hard work. The people at Street Bean are not concerned with filling their store with baristas to serve your coffee - they are focused on helping youth in difficult situations get back on their feet and become and valued important member of the community.
Thank you to everyone at Street Bean for the incredible work that you do!