My partner Annamarie is a ceramics teacher at the Museum of Art here in Santa Barbara. She teaches around 16 students at a time how to throw pottery. I brought Fran to make some hot chocolate art in their homemade mugs.
Mercado Segrado was held every year at Paramount Ranch. This was my first festival that I teamed up with Canyon Coffee for. That being said, it held a very special place in my heart. Unfortunately, the Malibu Woolsey fire burnt down most of the structures 1 WEEK! after our 3rd year at the festival.
I had the honor of making coffee and teaching LOACOM about women in the global coffee industry. They are an amazing company who works with businesses focused on conservation, social responsibility, and community well-being.
Another fun collaboration with Shreebs Coffee went down in Culver city for NFL networks! We made about 600 coffees in 2 hours between the two companies! Shreebs Coffee will be opening up shop in the new year in Silverlake - so stay tuned and get some great coffee from them!
I went to Colorado to visit my twin sister Jeannine. At one point she had a coffee cart as well, and quickly found her passion for honey. So she parlayed her coffee cart into a honey stand called I Love Honey. I made cold brew while she sold honey. It was a perfect match.
We had an amazing trip in San Francisco for the West Coast Craft Fair at the Fort Mason Center. It is a design show featuring hundreds of selected designers, artists, and craftspeople. We must have made over 2,000 coffees in 2 days!
McConnell's Ice Cream is a legendary Santa Barbara company. They've been around for 70 years, through 3 generations, and now they have an ice cream truck. I love teaming up with other vendors, ESPECIALLY an ice cream one for affogatos. Coffee + Ice Cream = Magic in the mouth.
Wylder Coffee Co and Welcome collabored in Ojai for a beautiful wedding at the famous Ojai Valley Inn. Wylder Coffee created a probiotic coffee that is straight up delicious and good for your gut that we served up to all the guests.
We were honored to be a part of a fundraiser for African Women Rising. This organization works with over 8,000 women in Northern Uganda, training them in capital and savings, and adult literacy. We raise a few hundred dollars to give back to the organization. That's a lot of coffee!
We were up in Sonoma County with Welcome for a corporate retreat hosted by Vino Volo. Annamarie and I popped up for all of those who had been drinking wine all day. I was told we were lifesavers and the most loved there. People really love good coffee.