Hello and good day to all of you lovely people who so faithfully read this blog! Today I thought it would be fun to share some random facts about coffee! Hopefully some of them are new to you! Let's get right into it..
1. Hawaii is the only American state that grows coffee
2. It was said to be discovered by a goat herder
3. Apparently adding cream to your coffee keeps it warmer for 20% longer
4. Coffee is a fruit
5. The most expensive coffee in the world “Kopi Luwak” is made from cat poop
6. Around 65 countries in the world grow coffee
7. A coffee tree lives for around 60-70 years and produces fruit for about 50-60 years on average
8. There are two main kinds of coffee beans: arabica and robusta
Here are some websites where you can learn more about these facts and also find some more:
Have a lovely weekend!
This week we'd like to explore a few unique cafés from around the world!
Sorry Coffee Co (Canada)
“What's truly different about the Sorry Coffee Co is its unique branding. The Sorry cafe logo that appears on signage and cups is drawn by a local designer and before anyone has a chance to get bored of it, it changes. Every three months, the cafe logo is replaced by a brand new one. Sorry also provides pencils to customers, encouraging them to create art on their cups and come up with their own cafe logo designs.”
Little Man Cafe (Australia)
“The Little Man Cafe is a quaint suburban cafe in Melbourne, Australia that was recently born out of a massive transformation of an old Post Office building. The minimalist all-white space is now a homey outpost for coffee lovers and those in need of a snack in a friendly environment. The cafe is designed in a way that makes it resemble a pristine home kitchen..” The idea of this cafe is that you feel like you are just hanging out in your kitchen having breakfast and sipping your coffee!
Cafe 27 (Beijing)
“Located in Beijing, Cafe 27 is a charming new greenhouse cafe that was designed by Shanghai-based Four O Nine. Boasting a creative organic menu and a stunning supply of natural lighting, Cafe 27 is situated within a glass building that former housed a greenhouse.”
“Cafe 27 is a charming and aesthetically pleasing example of green architecture and of spaces designed to stimulate one's senses.”
Foghound (South Africa)
“..is an innovative repurposed shipping container. Despite its industrial and rugged facade, its interior is a sleek and modern cafe and showroom… The contemporary retail space combines a permanent glass-covered structure, with shipping containers acting as an ancillary element in the overall design”
This is just a glimpse into the endless creative realm of cafes around the world! Let us know of any really incredible cafes that you have visited on your travels!
Dear Readers, have you ever been randomly complimented by a stranger? Perhaps they said they liked your outfit or complimented your smile? Well I know for sure that when this has happened to me, it has made my day! With that being said, I have been thinking a lot about random acts of kindness and how sometimes we as people get so busy and caught up in our busy days, that we forget to be kind to others! We never know the full story of our neighbor unless we ask, we never know the reason someone is sad unless we ask, but we can be the reason someone smiles because of something nice that we do! This week I have compiled a list of ten things that we can do to show others around us that we love and appreciate them. I would like to challenge all of us to do ten things in ten days and I will list below some ideas and prompts that could be helpful to you! So, let’s get right into it!
I challenge you, as the reader, to these ten random acts of kindness! Let’s be people who love people well, and let's have a good time doing this!
Ready, set, go..!!
love from TMPC
Dear readers, I know that none of us were expecting to come into this year and have to learn what social distancing looks like or having to work from home for the first time, and possibly having to frequent your favorite local restaurants and cafe less. Yikes! Who could have known?! But in light of the current circumstances, we as The Meeting Place Cafe staff were reflecting on some of the positive things that have come out of this season for all of us, and we created a few points that we wanted to share with you. Here are the top three things that have challenged us to grow most!
1. Relationships- We all have a group of even a handful of friends that we like to catch up with at a cafe or meet up with for an adventure, but that had to change for a little while which was tough, but also showed us something about our relationships. We found that a space was created for one on one meet ups, forcing us to go deeper in our relationships and really talk and get to know our friends on a much more personal level. This is really beautiful, as we often fall into the habit of ignoring the real "stuff" when we're with our friends and we ignore the sometimes difficult realities and instead we try to focus on having fun and unwinding when we see each other. But we have started to ask questions like "how are you really doing?" There were also a lot less people in the cafes which allowed for customers to get to know staff better! I personally started having regular little chats with the staff of one of my favorite cafes in the area, and am happy to say that we are all on first name basis now!
2. Skillset- We decided that this was a good time to improve our coffee skills and make our drinks better and more consistent! We have been working on our latte art! We were even adding little personalized notes on the cups of our customers! But we also know that it wasn't just us, but plenty of other companies and coffee shops really took advantage of a slower season to make sure everything is up to the best level! Only the best for you!
3. Creativity- We have had to find new ways of reaching out to people and make sure that people still knew we cared about them and had been thinking of them even when we were closed. We recently started a prayer request jar where people can let us know how we can be praying for them! It has been great to take time to talk to our regulars and keep up with their lives!
I know there are a lot more positives that have come out of this season, but also am not unaware of the difficult things that we have had to go through. If you are someone who needs some encouragement please don't hesitate to reach out as we would love to hear from you.
Many blessings to you,
Each month, we release 10 creative prompts that we hope inspire and encourage the creative community around us. Whatever your craft may be, let one of these prompts inspire your next piece of work - and then show it to us! We'd love to see :) you can tag us in the picture of your creation @the_meeting_place
The Ten for July:
2. What's on your coffee table?
5. Something that rhymes with 'station'
7. Small question
8. Comfort looks like...
We're advocates for coffee at any time - but there are some moments in particular that seem just a little incomplete without a good cuppa. It adds an element of coziness, familiarity, and delightful caffeination that can move a "good" moment to a "great" one, don't you think?
What are some of your favorite occasions that call for some coffee?
I'm relatively new to the culture of coffee. I've loved it for a long time - I even pretended to love it before I actually did, because it made me feel mature and better equipped to produce something brilliant - but I had no idea how much there was to KNOW about coffee. For most of my life I was thoroughly content to toss some cheap-bought grounds into a filtered-coffee machine and drink down whatever came out. I had no idea there could be so many complexities.
Every so often, we produce a little "just for fun" content here at TMPC. This month, we decided to make a poster regarding the many subtitles that can be given to a simple cup of coffee.
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