Coalmine Spindle has been a part of the Taylor Maid Farms family for 10 years! He started in production canning the coffee for retail and as a Support Roaster. Coalmine is now our Head Roaster. He grew up in San Francisco, but has lived in Sonoma County for 16 years now. He moved up north to attend Sonoma State University, where he graduated with a degree in psychology in 2000. He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife of 4 years, Kate. He started off in the coffee industry as a barista, which is a talent he used while working at Howard’s Station Café in Occidental. His favorite coffees tend to be seasonal Central Americans, like Honduras or Guatemala. He’s also the Bass Player and Singer in the band The Chelsea Set, which plays locally as well as does a West Coast tour every year. It’s also the music we used in each of our Really Good Coffee brewing videos. Coalmine also helps lead our Behind the Scenes Roasting Tour, so you’ll have a chance to see him in action if you join one of our tours.
Nestled on the southern outskirts of the quaint town of Sonoma, Fremont Diner is a true throwback. Owner Chad Harris has created quite a gem. Basket of biscuits? Chicken and waffles? Grits? Oyster Po Boy? Whole hog? Oh yeah, we could continue but we won’t be cruel! For Chad, this is a true labor of love, and you can tell it’s from the heart. They also make a nice smooth, strong cup of our almost-famous Goat Rock Roast! Open seven days a week, go early and often. You won’t be disappointed! 2660 Fremont Drive, Sonoma, CA. www.thefremontdiner.com
Bulk coffee and our can refill program is what made Taylor Maid Farms what we are. We value those customers that have been loyal to us while we transitioned our program and our company. We will be offering all customers that purchase a new can of coffee, or come in for a can refill, $1 off any beverage of their choice from our coffee cart. The promotion is from This Friday, June 1st through June 28th. It’s a great time to take a moment and enjoy the coffee you just picked up through a pour over, or try our espresso in a drink. Stop by the store for details. Monday thru Friday 8 am – 6 pm and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.
Alisse McBratney has been working at Taylor Maid Farms for 6 months now. She is the Head of Retail Operations & Donations, as well as a barista extraordinaire. She has been in the coffee industry for 10 years; her coworkers nicknamed her “Coffee Goddess.” She’s also a member of the Barista Guild of America. She grew up in Orange County, but has lived in beautiful Sonoma County for 7 years now. She is the hard-working mom of 3 kids—ages 2, 5, and 14—and is involved in the Summerfield Waldorf School that they attend. She is a self-proclaimed ‘tree-hugger’ and pagan. She loves music and plays guitar as well as used to write her own songs. Her enthusiasm for making quality espresso drinks and knowledge of managing a café make her a great addition to the team as we get ready to move into the Barlow.
Next Wednesday, May 23rd, we will be holding an Espresso Basics & Home Brew Class from 5:30-7:00pm. Class will be led by TMF President Rob Daly! Learn how to make the perfect home espresso from the structure of an espresso shot to basic milk steaming skills for making quality cappuccinos & lattes. Focus will also be on home brewing using a pour-over dripper. The class costs $25 and includes one can of coffee, 20% off home espresso equipment and 10% off all home brewing equipment. Space is limited: please call (707) 824-9110 ex. 1 to sign up!
Shannon has been working at Taylor Maid Farms for almost 4 years; she has dabbled in everything here from production to the retail store, and is now the Local Area Representative for Sebastopol, Windsor, Healdsburg, and Lake County. What you might not know about her is just how tough she really is! This last Sunday she competed in a 5k Survivor Mud Run (along with other TMF L.A.R Dan Kirby!) in Lathrop, CA. In September, she plans on competing in Tough Mudders, a 12-mile military obstacle course designed by British Special Forces, which describes itself as “probably the toughest event on the planet.” She also played roller derby for the Sonoma County Roller Derby for 5 years. Most importantly, she is a very busy mom to her 7-year-old son, Thane, with type 1 diabetes. We’re lucky to have such a great addition to the team here at TMF!
Oliver’s Markets is a local Sonoma County grocery chain, with three stores serving the local community. Oliver’s isn’t just any grocery store – the company prides itself on supporting Sonoma County growers and manufacturers, and all you have to do is walk into any of their markets to experience some true Sonoma County hospitality. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to go that “extra mile” to help their customers. Oliver’s believes in natural groceries and great local organic produce, and their dairy, meat, and bulk foods are all sourced locally, not to mention Taylor Maid Farms coffee offered both in bulk and cans. During your next visit, make sure to stop by their fresh bakery and café. The staff behind the counter makes the tastiest muffins and cupcakes around, and to go with that pastry, be sure to order brewed coffee, an espresso drink, or freshly brewed tea, all from Taylor Maid Farms Coffee and Tea. Locations in Santa Rosa – on Montecito and Stony Point – and Cotati. www.oliversmarket.com
We’re celebrating the first month of our outdoor cafe cart by offering $1 espresso, tea, & pour-over coffee drinks for a whole month! Thank you to all who have stopped by and enjoyed a beverage. We love the opportunity to truly fine tune our barista skills before the opening of our Taylor Maid Farms Café in The Barlow. Come on by if you haven’t already! You can refill your can and grab a beverage all in one stop. We’re at 7190 Keating Ave. in Sebastopol, and open during our retail store hours (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm)
Here’s a photo of our friends Yulia Kolchanova and Karl Berta from Oz. Coffee with their gorgeous La Marzocco GS3, just arrived at our warehouse, still on its pallet! Oz. Coffee is a mobile coffee catering company, providing espresso service for events like banquets, weddings, exhibitions, trade shows, prom nights, and private parties in the San Francisco Bay Area. These “baristi” serve Taylor Maid Farms, presenting our coffee at its very best. A big “thumbs up” and thanks, Yulia and Karl! Check out their website at www.1ozcoffee.com
Of course, the most popular way to reuse your empty TMF cans is our Can Refill Program. But what do you do when the amount of cans you have laying around surpasses the amount of coffee you drink? Well we have some ideas! They make great donation cans- shown in the picture-, or even tip jars (which we’ve been using at our new cafe cart!), coin jars, or as a pot for plants. How do you reuse your TMF can?