Coffee With A Cause: Pop-Up Coffee Shop with The Chocolate Barista & Modbar
Less than two months ago, #45 signed an executive order banning all immigrant and refugee families from 7 majority Muslim countries— Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen— from entering the United States. This ban (and the recently blocked second ban) sparked protests all over the world, and the ACLU were on the legal front lines, representing all who were detained at US airports and barred from reentering.
In response, Sprudge organized a weekend fundraiser for the ACLU in early February. By the end of it, 451 brands and 809 cafes across 41 states (and a few international) came together to raise almost $500,000 for the ACLU. I was down training in Tucson, Arizona with Presta Coffee Roasters during this particular weekend, as it was also the weekend before the Austin Coffee Champs.
Arizona does not shy away from right-leaning politics and supporters of #45 are as out and about as a Saguaro cactus. Even still, a small handful of coffee shops here participated in the fundraiser, and for that, I was proud. While I'd truly hoped for more, I thought about what it was that I could do in addition to purchasing coffee from participating companies that weekend.
I don't have a coffee shop of my own, but I do have a platform. I'll never express enough how important it is for me to use it to make a difference within the coffee industry and outside of it, too.
Thanks to Twitter, the vision for a coffee pop-up became reality, and it's happening this Sunday!
The Chocolate Barista has teamed up with the awesome people at Modbar for a pop-up coffee shop to raise money for local organization, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. Their refugee resettlement division, Refugee Focus, aids in transitioning refugees into life in Arizona through self-sufficiency and business development courses, teaching English, as well as setting up initiatives to empower women. Based out of Phoenix and Tucson, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest has been resettling families and individuals for over 30 years. I'm pleased to be able to use coffee as a conduit to helping them continue their mission.
If you're in the Phoenix area on Sunday, come hang out with us! We'll be at Downtown Tempe's 6th Street Market, brewing up Presta and Augies (weighed to precision on Acaia scales) free-of-charge, but donations will be encouraged and accepted! If you get hungry, Emerson's Fry Bread truck will be out there, donating a portion of their profits, too.
Click through the event poster to see the Facebook event. We hope to see you there!