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We craft coffee, change, and community.

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This project's funding goal was not reached on July 15, 2012.

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Our Project

The Rose City Coffee project entails the construction of a portable coffee bar to craft and teach the art of coffee. Since the shooting of our video, our vision for the coffee bar has grown to include a portable coffee bar that will allow us to not only serve the craft coffee in our cafe but also in various places within the city of Pasadena. 

We named our portable Bar ROSIE  and she will be used to train transitional aged and homeless youth in the craft of coffee. She will be equipped so that we will be able to offer the highest form of coffee and be competitive with surrounding craft coffee shops in Los Angeles. Further, we will be raising up the next wave of barista's to carry the art of coffee forward.

In order to get ROSIE ready and beautiful, we need

  • La Marzocco Espresso Machine
  • Two Coffee Grinders
  • Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System
  • Hot Water Heater
  • New Coffee Bar built into a refurbished coffee cart
  • Coffee cups and utensils

At Rose City Coffee it is our vision to see the lives of homeless and transitional aged youth change through the communal craft of coffee. We see young people, who have not been given the same chances as you and others, spending time with our team to learn the trade and craft of 3rd wave coffee. We also see a staff committed to caring for our young baristas; instilling in them a passion for crafting the perfect cup of coffee. We also envision a place where community flourishes and people are given space and support to dream of new ways of transforming our local community.

sketches by Matt Lumpkin

Our Values

We Craft:

| Coffee – Attention to detail is often overlooked, which is why we focus on superior quality that we feel confident standing behind. To us, coffee is an art form, which is why partnering with Handsome Coffee Roasters was a necessary move for us in order to uphold unmatched quality.

| Change – Transitional aged youth are emerging as the largest homeless population in Los Angeles. We intentionally seek partners that connect us with homeless youth in need of employment. By providing the youth with a job, we hope to see their lives changed through the craft of coffee.

| Community – Some may argue that coffee holds no magic properties, but we believe in it's ability to bring people together in accordance. Community is the driving force for what we do–striving together with a shared challenge, mission, and vision.

With your help, ROSIE will be up and running on August 6th. Thanks for your support and don't forget to visit us later this summer.


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    We know you love coffee. So we will send you a flight of our favorite craft coffees. Expect 5 different types of craft coffee along with a handmade screen print t-shirt, personalized note and surprise.

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    We know you love our project. So we will add you and a friend to the guest of list of a special event held in LA for all backers who have contributed $500 or more. Plus you’ll receive everything mentioned above.

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    You have made our day. And we want to celebrate your support by adding your name to an art display that will honor all who have backed our project by $1000 or more. Don’t forget, we’ll send you all the other rewards above.

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    We can’t wait to meet you to say thanks in person. We will treat you and a friend to a personalized tour of our favorite craft coffee shops in LA (sorry to say, traveling expenses not included). We will also offer you a free cup of coffee at our shop once a week for a year. Plus all the rewards above will be sent your way.

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    What can we say? You have changed our lives, the lives of the youth, and the people of our community. To say thanks, we will train you as a barista to make your own craft coffee. Plus, you will be invited to join our team because we want to partner with you on this project and our future community development projects. Don’t forget, all the other rewards will be given to you as well!

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