With a fierce dedication to the humanities and social causes, the Three-19 Coffee firm can be nonconformist in that its three house owners reside in three totally different cities. The corporate has simply opened its first official cafe within the inner-ring Cleveland suburb Shaker Heights, a mere three time zones away from the place the coffee is roasted in Berkeley, California.
House owners Mike Weaver, Mike Vehar and Chris Dollries every tackle totally different tasks for Three-19 whereas striving to construct relationships at origin and of their respective locales. Weaver, based mostly in San Francisco, heads up the roasting and manufacturing on the Berkeley roaster share enterprise Bay Space CoRoasters; Dollries, an skilled designer based mostly in Cincinnati, helps with strategic imaginative and prescient; and Cleveland-based Vehar, who has expertise working in Guatemala and Bolivia on engineering tasks, oversees operations at Three-19’s Shaker Heights cafe.
Throughout the early phases of Three-19, the three house owners linked with Mayra Orellana-Powell’s Catracha Coffee, an export and buying and selling firm that connects coffee farmers in Santa Elena, Honduras, with specialty coffee patrons. They traveled to a farm in Santa Elena and commenced working instantly on community-focused tasks whereas establishing a sourcing relationship. One such undertaking was to lift cash for artwork provides, scholarships and future artwork workshops for kids inside Catracha’s community of coffee growers.
“Our mission since day one has all the time been to construct relationships with communities and with the folks we work with,” Vehar informed Day by day Coffee Information. “We needed to carry that to the individuals who really develop our coffee.”
In 2017, Three-19 opened a small pop-up cafe in San Francisco’s Mission District, working with native artists to assist outfit and embellish the area. They launched an ongoing partnership with Cleveland-based Graffiti Coronary heart, a nonprofit group centered on selling undeserved city graffiti and road artists in Ohio, whereby the group receives a fraction of Three-19’s gross sales.
“At first we weren’t positive the place coffee and artwork had been going to take us,” Weaver informed DCN. “Nevertheless it’s given us alternatives for us to determine totally different partnerships that permit us to help organizations that share our mission and values of doing good issues for our communities.”
Three-19 has additionally supported nonprofits past the realm of artwork, together with VeloSano, a community-driven fundraising initiative to help most cancers analysis on the Cleveland Clinic, and Lily’s Ray of Hope, which helps ladies and women who’ve skilled abuse and different trauma.
Now with extra bodily area to carry folks and artists collectively, plus the extra income stream from the cafe, Three-19 plans to additional all of those causes and extra in and across the Shaker Heights group.
The sunny cafe sits on the nook of Lee Highway and Van Aken Blvd. Upon coming into, prospects discover a glass pastry case stocked with a plethora of goodies from Bon and The Cleveland Bagel Co. To 1 aspect on the bar is a custom-built drip station outfitted with 4 Kalita Wave pourover brewers, and on the other aspect resides a La Marzocco Linea Basic for espresso-based drinks, supported by a Mahlkönig Ok30 Twin espresso grinder. There may be additionally a Fetco for batch brew, seasonal drinks comparable to a honey latte with regionally sourced honey, and compostable containers for takeaway gadgets.
Following Three-19’s “Coffee Made Inventive” motto, every desk is about with a stash of pencils, crayons and coloring sheets illustrated by supervisor Grace McConnell for company to make use of as they please. The corporate additionally takes no fee on the sale of paintings by native artists that hold all through the area.
Weaver and Vehar stated that future plans might embody an Ohio roastery, the place the corporate would possibly run a coffee-focused coaching program for teenagers locally.
Stated Weaver, “We wish to help and work with the identical farmers and their households yr after yr, and we wish to assist enhance the lives of individuals in our group.”
Three-19 Coffee is now open at 3427 Lee Rd in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Craig Batory is a author, marketer, and coffee skilled working and
residing in Detroit.