GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) — Cat cafes continue to grow in popularity both across the country and around the world.
The Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe gives people in Northeast Wisconsin the chance to enjoy coffee and cats right in their backyard.
Approximately 40 cats are being sheltered or fostered through Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay.
“Safe Haven is actually getting to the point where we’re full all the time,” said Elizabeth Feldhausen, founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary. “So, for me, having an extra space that Safe Haven cats can go live in and be adopted from will help us out quite a bit.”
That extra space will be in a building on North Casaloma Drive in Grand Chute between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Stadium and the Fox River Mall. It is the future site of the Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe.
“It’s almost going to be like two side-by-side businesses. One side will be the coffee shop, and one side will be the cat sanctuary,” said Feldhausen. “They will be equal in size, and then down the middle, it will be just a giant window wall. So, it will be like when you get a coffee, you can look into a fish tank of cats, essentially.”
Co-owner of the Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe, Feldhausen says a portion of the money made at the new business will come back to Green Bay to help with the medical costs of the cats at Safe Haven.
“We’re going to be available to do bridal parties, baby showers. We’ll be able to rent out the cafe area and have some events that will be coming up,” she said.
While the cats will likely draw in large crowds of people, Feldhausen wants the atmosphere to be therapeutic for both visitors and those cats in search of their forever homes.
“In Wisconsin, in our area, there’s never going to be a shortage of cats that need homes or need shelter.”
Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe will be under construction for the next month. Feldhausen hopes to welcome customers by mid-July.
To celebrate all the mothers in the world, Tim Hortons is giving out free 52-ounce iced coffees on Mother’s Day.
As reported by The Takeout, Tim Hortons is touting the near half-gallon beverage at the largest offered by a “by a renowned major coffee chain in the U.S.” All a mom has to do to qualify for this promotion is visit a Tim Hortons on Mothers Day, order an iced coffee, and ask for it to be “mom-sized.” And Tim Hortons understands that moms can come in all forms. Dog moms, cat moms, doll moms, moms of any gender, creed and kind in this world—they all get a coffee, no questions asked.
According to the article, the Canadian company is hoping to be as inclusive as possible with this promotion (which is really very polite of them), stating in a press release, “All Moms, even dog moms, are welcome to get the Mom-sized iced coffee on Mother’s Day.”
So this Mother’s Day, celebrate mom with 52 ounces of free coffee. It is literally the least you could do.
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Gisele Rodrigues Coutinho nominated by Sabine Parrish.
Gisele Rodrigues Coutinho is an entrepreneur and coffee educator based in São Paulo, Brazil. She’s the founder of Pura Caffeina, a subscription service offering coffee delivery by bicycle within the city, or by mail nationwide. She’s recently launched the Casa Pura Caffeina, an education space providing access and resources for the São Paulo coffee community. Sabine Parrish offers this depiction from her nominating letter:
“Gisele was the first in her family to go to university, majoring in journalism with an emphasis on scientific communication. This training has served her well—I’ve been lucky enough to take two of Gisele’s courses, and she has an amazing knack for making the many complexities of coffee something even novices can begin to approach without fear. Even though I no longer live in Brazil, I still look forward to my weekly email showcasing the available coffees—the newsletter is always delightfully written and filled with moments of joy.”
This interview has been edited and condensed.
What issue in coffee do you care about most?
The valorization of professionals involved throughout the coffee chain.
What cause or element in coffee drives you?
What drives me is that changes in coffee—whether in the fields, in coffee shops, research, or championships—never stop. Coffee is alive and it challenges me constantly. I love challenges.
What issue in coffee do you think is critically overlooked?
Consumer education. People need to understand the amount of work necessary and just how much it costs to fill a cup with quality coffee and how many studious people need to work at this to make it happen. Coffee is not just coffee.
What is the quality you like best about coffee?
In the drink, what I most like is the diversity of flavors we can show the world. More generally, I like how coffee can connect people from different social classes. In Brazil, there’s hardly anyone who doesn’t drink coffee. Coffee has a marvelous affective value for us.
Did you experience a “god shot” or life-changing moment of coffee revelation early in your career?
Absolutely. When I fell in love with coffee, I was in the habit of visiting a coffee shop called Sofá Café, which is in my neighborhood in São Paulo. One of the baristas became my friend and big inspiration. He made incredible double ristrettos! It was like I could truly experience the sweet honey aroma. The barista was Rogério Itokasu, who unfortunately passed away from cancer in August 2016. His energy is still present in my life and the months that he was ill were what changed my life and motivated me to work with coffee. I wanted to give value to my life by doing what I love and fighting every day.
What is your idea of coffee happiness?
To see more black women in charge of coffee businesses throughout the world.
If you could have any job in the coffee industry, what would it be and why?
A job like what I do today. Be in charge of my own coffee delivery service and courses for anyone who is passionate about coffee, democratizing quality. But I’m hoping for a bigger space with the capacity for more people and a bigger and better structure.
Who are your coffee heroes?
My friend Rogério Itokasu who even when stricken with cancer and without the ability to speak was able to work in a coffee shop, piloting a La Marzocco and extracting such quality with such patience. My barista friends are also my heroes, certainly!
If you could drink coffee with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
With the rapper and music producer Amir Mohammed El Khalifa, aka Oddisee, who loves specialty coffee. Hey, man! I’m here waiting for your visit to Brazil! I really hope someone schedules a show for him here and I can have a coffee with him. I’d definitely take him to Takkø, a coffee shop owned by my friends, because I think he’d really identify with the space. And of course, I know he’d adore Casa Pura Caffeina and the coffees I have here.
If you didn’t get bit by the coffee bug, what do you think you’d be doing instead?
Working as a journalist. I worked in politics, with the workers’ movement here in Brazil. We live in a very complicated moment here in terms of social rights and liberty. If it wasn’t coffee, I know I’d be working with this still. But coffee conquered me totally—I didn’t have a chance! I’m really happy doing this, in charge of my small but valiant business and what this represents for the small community of black coffee professionals here in Brazil.
Name three coffee apparatuses you’d take into space with you.
Best song to brew coffee to:
“Morra bem, Viva rápido”, [“Die well, Live Fast”] by Don L (Brazilian rapper)
Look into the crystal ball—where do you see yourself in 20 years?
In Brazil, owner of a coffee roastery with an affiliated social project focused on race, giving TED talks, drinking coffee throughout the world, and a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu.
What’d you eat for breakfast this morning?
Eggs, bacon, fruit, and a big cup of brewed coffee that was very clean and with an absolutely brilliant acidity.
When did you last drink coffee?
Right before I sat down to respond to these questions! And it’s already past 11pm.
What was it?
A yellow Catucaí cultivated in Jesuânia, Mantiqueira, Minas Gerais. It was produced by Delmar Villela and roasted by his brother Luiz Pereira Villela in Itajubá. He’s one of the best roasters in Brazil.
Zachary Carlsen is a co-founder and editor at Sprudge Media Network. Read more Zachary Carlsen on Sprudge.
Mosaicos Liricos por Rodulfo Gonzalez
El mosaico es la conjugación de varios elementos en una sola obra, presente en las artes plásticas, en la culinaria, en el periodismo (misceláneas), en la música y en la fotografía. No lo hemos visto en el arte poético, aunque es posible que exista. Hemos combinado varios formatos poéticos (décima, madrigal, prosa, soneto, senryu, haiku) y distintas temáticas románticas, flores, paisajes, políticas, sociales, naturaleza, etc) y por analogía a lo antes expuesto los denominamos mosaicos líricos.
Caffe Luxxe is expanding its luxe brand up the California coast into its sixth cafe, in the affluent Santa Barbara suburb of Montecito.
At the Montecito Country Mart, the new cafe is the roasting and retailing company’s first outside the greater Los Angeles market since owners Mark Wain and Gary Chau first set up shop in Santa Monica in 2006.
From there, the company has expanded its remarkably consistent brand identity — using both terminology and quality markers associated with coffee’s Third Wave movement alongside some traditional European culinary associations — into additional cafes in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood (L.A.) and Malibu. Roasting for all the cafes takes place in Los Angeles.
“There’s an atmosphere about Montecito that’s so essentially California, yet charmingly unique,” Wain said of the new shop in a company announcement yesterday. “It’s a sense of approachable luxury, which is exactly the sentiment behind why we started Caffe Luxxe: to offer the highest quality espresso and coffee, with a friendly, genuine attitude.”
To celebrate the opening, Caffe Luxxe will be offering complimentary cappuccinos and Americanos from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, while also launching its “Montecito Blend,” described as a blend of natural-process and fully washed coffees from Brazil and Guatemala that offers “notes of cocoa and dark cherry, a balanced acidity, and a smooth, dried fruit finish.”
Caffe Luxxe is opening at the Montecito Country Mart, at 1028 A Coast Village Road in Santa Barbara, California.