After working as a barista and shift lead for a year, Maddie found herself wanting to get involved with CREMA in new and varied ways. This led to the perfect match with her taking on the role of our new Community Educator!
So maybe you’re not one of those people who really. loves. fall. Maybe you don’t break out your caramel scented candles right after Labor Day, or plan your Halloween costume months in advance or Instagram every phase of the changing foliage. That’s OK; we don’t all look good in flannel. But here’s one autumn staple you can reclaim: the pumpkin spice latte.
It’s back-to-school season, even at CREMA. Starting September 21, our popular coffee classes are back in session. This six-week fall semester offers a thorough coffee education—from espresso basics to tasting notes—with classes taught by our own knowledgeable CREMA baristas.
Yemeni coffee exporters Mokhtar Alkhanshali and Andrew Nicholson couldn’t have known what would befall them on their voyage to Seattle for the SCAA Expo in April of last year. Upon attempting to leave Yemen’s capitol city of Sana’a, the two friends found themselves in the midst of an airstrike, unable to fly anywhere. Determined to present their coffees on the industry’s largest stage, Alkhanshali and Nicholson committed to drive seven hours to the city of Mokka, where they then convinced a fishing boat captain to tote them and 100 kilos of coffee across the Red Sea; all this, only to be detained by the Djibouti national coast guard. After Djibouti Port Authorities contacted the U.S. Embassy, the travelers received the go-ahead and were able to catch a 3 A.M. flight from Kenya to the U.S.