The city of San Francisco is alive. The people, the atmosphere, the food and naturally the coffee. It draws me in every visit and stays with me long after I leave. While visiting family this past week, I had the privilege of seeing many different parts of the city. I had every intention of blogging about the wonderful coffee shops I visited everyday. My family was amazing showing me all the local hotspots. But it was a different part of my adventure that dictates this blog today. That happens sometimes right?
Working with special needs adults has taught me many life lessons. I often say they always teach me more than I teach them. While in San Francisco I took a side trip to visit The Access Program.
This is a transition program for special needs adults. They learn life skills, job training, and creative skills like I have never seen before. The beauty of this specialized program is that the teachers see potential in their students and the art that they create. If there is something the student wants to learn, the teachers will show them! This bunch of wacky talented kids and wanted to make a movie, so they did. Their youtube channel is full of activities the students have participated in. Zombies vs. Ninjas Eat Ice Cream is one of the best videos I have seen on youtube. And how is this program or this video connected to this blog at all? Hold on, I am getting there. Written and performed by students, Zombies vs. Ninjas has an important life lesson. I think perhaps before I spoil things, take a look at the movie.
Did you watch it yet? After I watched the film, I made a connection to my coffee quest. SPOILER ALERT!!! Zombies typically eat brains but these zombies discovered something better...ICE CREAM! Theses students had an important lesson to teach the world via youtube. One does not need to follow the norm, do what is always done. Break away and follow your own path to happiness. For these zombies, they found happiness in ice cream from Bi-rite and Mitchells. In the same manner, I felt the need to break away from the typical coffee beverage or popular coffee establishment. I discovered new and interesting flavors while coffee tasting at different shops Although I have worked in coffee for many years, I drank it to stay awake. I did not really experience the beverage on its own. While in San Francisco, I was able to visit four different locations: Ritual, Sightglass, Four Barrel and Blue Bottle. Each of these places broke away from the norm to create fabulous coffee beverages. The owners and baristas gave up brains for ice cream! I was impressed with the knowledge of the baristas and their passion for coffee. Each location offered a smaller menu with more emphasis on a quality beverage. Stylized decor ranged from minimalist to hunting murals. Although each very different, each matched well with their choices of beans and beverages that they offered. Atmosphere was enhanced by the cute parklets out front. I especially enjoyed the boat parklet in front of Ritual Coffee.
The variety of coffee shops available in San Francisco is amazing. My friends at accessSFUSD are inspiring. I guess I had a good trip! My trip was a wonderful time with my family but also inspired me to give up the brains. As I search for my ice cream, I encourage you to try new and different adventures with coffee. Try a pour over from a different region or try a shot of espresso at a new bar. When Rosetta opens, come in and see what variety we offer. Come to a coffee tasting with me! Thank you for joining me on my quest for the perfect pour and the adventure of coffee. Stayed tuned for more adventures!