TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Thousands of dollars and numerous gambling machines have been seized after authorities raided six Tallahassee internet cafes.
The Tallahassee Police Department and Leon County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint investigation into operations at six different internet cafes in Tallahassee.
According to TPD, the joint investigation began in April after citizens complained about illegal gambling.
While the investigation was ongoing, one of the gambling establishment/internet cafe patrons was shot during an armed robbery attempt on April 16 at an internet cafe in the1200 block of Capital Circle Southeast . They say another gambling establishment/internet cafe was also robbed at gunpoint 10 days later with the suspect discharging the firearm while at the Arcade Center in the 1800 block of North MLK Boulevard .
After consultation with the State Attorney’s Office, probable cause was established for search warrants to be served at the following locations:
- 2764 West Tennessee Street Suite 3
- 1350 Mahan Suite C-4
- 1214 Capital Circle Southeast Suite A
- 3839 North Monroe Street Suite 3
- 1363 East Lafayette Street Suite C
- Arcade Center, 1889 North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
During the service of the search warrants numerous gaming machines, televisions, and thousands of dollars were seized.
LCSO says no arrests have been made at this time. The investigation will continue as evidence is processed.
This is a developing story.
Chris Baca and Jared Truby, the chill Santa Cruz coffee bros better known as Cat & Cloud, are being sued. Did they steal someone’s killer wave? Did they harsh someone’s vibe in a felonious manner, possibly related to a wicked 360 ollie of some sort? No and no. They are being taken to court by Caterpillar Inc.
Caterpillar, “the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer with net revenue exceeding $54 billion in 2018,” owns the trademark for “CAT”, the shorthand moniker they go by that is plastered over all their equipment. Cat & Cloud owns the trademark for their name as it relates to the coffee space. Caterpillar is suing Cat & Cloud to “cancel their trademark.”
In a podcast published on May 20th, Baca and Charles Jack—the third founder/owner of Cat & Cloud—share their side of the story. According to Cat & Cloud, the initial notice of potential litigation came on August 4th, 2018. After filling out “70-question interrogatories” and spending thousands of dollars on legals fees—the coffee company expects to spend upwards of $20,000 once it’s all said and done—Baca and Jack say they have decided to not “roll over” but to fight what they consider to be a frivolous law suit.
Now, a petition has been created on Change.org to “tell Caterpillar Inc. to stop bullying Cat & Cloud and other small businesses.” In a little over a day, the petition has already received over 500 signatures, and the number continues to grow with each subsequent browser refresh.
The saga of Cat & Cloud v Caterpillar Inc. appears to be just the latest example of brands vigorously pursuing copyright claims in the coffee space. This is an issue we profiled at length in Jenn Chen’s landmark three-part investigative feature on intellectual property in coffee, which you should definitely read here (part one) (part two) (part three).
Sprudge Media Network have reached out to both parties for comment and will update this article once we hear back.
This story is developing…
Top image from Inside Cat & Cloud’s Santa Cruz Dream Cafe
Are you a Bay Area coffee professional looking to take the next step in your career? Or how about a non-coffee professional considering removing the “non” from your title and embarking on a specialty coffee journey? If you are either of these things, then Oakland’s Royal Coffee would like to have a word. Taking place at The Crown on June 28th, the green coffee importing company has teamed up with coffee companies from across the Bay Area to host the first-ever Specialty Coffee Job Fair.
Completely free to attend, the Specialty Coffee Job Fair runs from 10:00am to 2:00pm and includes premier coffee companies like Blue Bottle, Andytown, Equator Coffees, and Red Bay Coffee, with even more expected to be added. The goal of the event, per Royal Coffee’s website, is “to give coffee professionals the opportunity to connect with hiring managers and learn about employment opportunities.”
As well as being a hub for potential employment in the coffee sector, the Specialty Coffee Job Fair doubles as an educational opportunity. During the four-hour event, the Bay Area Coffee Community will host a panel discussion “on key topics facing job seekers in the specialty coffee industry.”
And make sure you come dressed for success. Royal suggests all attendees come in “professional attire” and bring with them printed résumés and cover letters.
It all gets going at 10:00am on June 28th at The Crown in Oakland. While the event is free to attend, Royal does ask that all interested parties RSVP via Eventbrite, which can be done here. For more information, visit Royal Coffee’s official website and check out the Specialty Coffee Job Fair Facebook event page.
Disclosure: Royal Coffee, Blue Bottle, and Equator Coffees are advertising partners with the Sprudge Media Network
Judges include Justin Carabello of Carabello Coffee and Kathy Wade, co-founder and CEO of Learning Through Art Inc.
May 21, 2019 11 AM
Photo: Provided by Caffè VivaceWalnut Hills coffee shop and Jazz venue Caffè Vivace is hosting a latte art throwdown 7-10 p.m. May 30 for up to 32 competitors — and spots are still open.
Baristas and aspiring coffee artists can create anything from a macchiato to a latte in five rounds of competition to be judged by a panel including Justin Carabello of Carabello Coffee and Kathy Wade, the co-founder and CEO of Learning Through Art Inc.
Registration is free on eventbrite (register here) or $5 cash at the venue if there’s still room. The event is open to anyone who wants to watch and all drinks made for the zero-waste competition will be given out for free. The bar will also be open during the event for anyone who wants more than caffeine.
Latte art winners will receive assorted merch like T-shirts, mugs and a Clever dripper.
Caffè Vivace is located at 975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, caffevivace.com.
Karmic Circle Coffee offers a taste of Vietnam in every cup. Cofounders Rae Tran and Daniel Woodman have spent the last two years bringing this unique sipping experience to the United States market, waging the battle to deliver a superior cup of joe.
“It started with a spontaneous visit to a coffee shop in town that was carrying a single origin Vietnamese coffee,” said Tran of her eye-opening visit to a Starbucks, of all places. “This single cup of coffee was enough to change the trajectory of our lives.”
Before moving to America, Tran worked in a coffee shop in her hometown of Saigon but only drank trendy, sugar-filled drinks that catered to millennials. She moved to the East Coast to finish college at a small liberal-arts college in Pennsylvania, came west to Orange County in 2013, and moved to Santa Barbara after meeting Woodman here.
Then came their coffee epiphany, which prompted the couple, who are now engaged, to travel to Vietnam to see the farms for themselves. In 2017, they met farmers on the rural outskirts of Dalat City who produce small amounts of coffee beans on their own lots. They learned about the Southeast Asian country’s long history of coffee — it’s actually the second-largest producer of beans in the world, yet it remains lesser known in the United States than many Central and South American countries. Tran and Woodman vowed to change that by connecting American consumers directly to their Vietnamese farmers.
With the coffee sources set up, Tran put her career as a documentarian on hold, and Woodman put his product design background to work to develop Karmic Circle. They started importing coffee two years ago and are now bringing in hundreds of pounds each year. The couple travels to Vietnam at least twice a year to visit their farmers during the processing season and ensure the production quality of their coffee from bean to cup.
Karmic Circle uses both of the major species of beans, Arabica and Robusta, to cultivate a spectrum of flavor. The elongated Arabica bean makes up 75 percent of the world’s coffee and requires extra care during cultivation to create its high sugar and fat content and sweet taste. The Robusta bean is less popular but is high in antioxidants, has almost twice as much caffeine, maintains a lower fat content, and offers more earthy flavors.
As a staple beverage in American culture, everybody is looking for that perfect roast to complement their morning. Karmic Circle thinks they’ve got it. “Karmic Circle Coffee is less acidic and oily than typical specialty coffees,” said Tran. “This really allows the deep, dark chocolate, caramel, and nutty flavors to stand distinctly on their own.” And for us coffee drinkers who just need to get it down the hatch before we’re able to function, Tran promised, “It’s got a lot more caffeine!”
The couple is hoping Santa Barbarans will appreciate Vietnamese coffee the same way they do. “There is something wonderful and unique about Vietnamese coffee,” said Tran. “The more I learned about the industry the more I thought, ‘I’d like to offer America a metaphorical cup of coffee, on behalf of Vietnam.’”
Karmic Circle Coffee is currently not offered at any Santa Barbara coffee shops, but it will soon be unveiling small, intimate coffee shops to serve as “lived-in art” and neighborhood hubs, inspired by the naturalistic sanctuary of tea houses in Saigon. It can currently be purchased on Amazon and will be making a return to the Santa Barbara Night Market this November.