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Samir BenouarBy Samir Benouar
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Samir BenouarBy Samir Benouar
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About

A Victorian built in 1861, the birth of my first niece poppy and a vision of building a business with my family that has the power to change the way all of us think about the things we consume and interact with everyday, brought me back to my hometown, Sacramento, CA.

1501 G st, Sacramento, CA 95814 Milka Coffee Roaster's Flagship Location (and there's mom!)
1501 G st, Sacramento, CA 95814 Milka Coffee Roaster's Flagship Location (and there's mom!)

My name is Samir Benouar and I am the owner, barista, roaster and currently sole employee here at Milka Coffee Roasters in Downtown Sacramento. And I started roasting coffee as a way to get closer to the source of what I made every day for myself and for others.

We use roasting as a way to understand coffee and also as way to better represent it's producers when presenting it to our community.
We use roasting as a way to understand coffee and also as way to better represent it's producers when presenting it to our community.

I started to think of the coffee I served as a sort of stranger that had a story that I needed to get to know in the same ways I needed to get to know my guests and their stories, so I did and hope to bring that knowledge of coffee, its history and the history of the people who take part in every step of the supply chain to everyone who steps foot inside Milka Coffee Roasters.

This is David Lopez, the farmer responsible for our wonderful Catuai Natural. Our promise is to work closely with farmers like David to help them not only farm better, but live better.
This is David Lopez, the farmer responsible for our wonderful Catuai Natural. Our promise is to work closely with farmers like David to help them not only farm better, but live better.

After all, coffee is an education based family-oriented art passed down from generation to generation like the ideas and skills my father and mother and uncles and aunts passed down to me to help in every step of building this coffee shop, roastery and bookstore. 

Milka, Najib and Pops hangin' out, cuz that's what families do best!
Milka, Najib and Pops hangin' out, cuz that's what families do best!

My family and I have worked long days and had longer nights and the culmination of all of this toil is so close to fruition we can taste the nutty caramel toffee our Flor de Chinacla creates when pushed through a La Marzocco portafilter into a stoneware mug below.

One thing we've all learned is to celebrate every step of the way!!!
One thing we've all learned is to celebrate every step of the way!!!

We just need that last bit of kick down the homestretch to get us through to the finish line, which really is the starting line of our company. So please check out our Kickstarter video to learn more about our journey and my philosophy and the ways we all can challenge the world through changing our thinking about one commodity, coffee.

Below are just a few of the dope prizes we're offering:

All you need for a trip to good vibes *mini shaka* is Milka Coffee Roasters' Hippie Pack, so grab one of these, slap the sticker on your pedestrian vehicle and cruise!
All you need for a trip to good vibes *mini shaka* is Milka Coffee Roasters' Hippie Pack, so grab one of these, slap the sticker on your pedestrian vehicle and cruise!
Coffee bags and enamel pins, two things you'll find in just about every modern coffee shop.
Coffee bags and enamel pins, two things you'll find in just about every modern coffee shop.
Milka Coffee Roasters OG Skate Tee Logo Shirt - Get it by itself or in one of our bags, but definitely get one, cuz Milka's face could make anyone's day better!
Milka Coffee Roasters OG Skate Tee Logo Shirt - Get it by itself or in one of our bags, but definitely get one, cuz Milka's face could make anyone's day better!
Throwback Mug and 4 x Terrazzo Tile - Both are available separately, but you can definitely donate twice to get the table safe combo.
Throwback Mug and 4 x Terrazzo Tile - Both are available separately, but you can definitely donate twice to get the table safe combo.

Risks and challenges

It may seem like permits and inspections and opening day are the only things a new food business needs funds for, but there are far too many hidden costs to name and even more to know about, so we're being realistic about the padding we need for things like green coffee, equipment and things as simple as cups. When you plan to sell 300+ cups of coffee a day within the first few weeks of operation those cups add up. 20 cents per paper cup becomes $60 becomes $600 is in an instant, so really, what a new food business needs most help with is COGS (cost of goods sold). Which means we need more cushion for the pushin, if you know what I mean ;-)

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    10 oz bag of David Lopez Catuai Natural

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    This Coffee's Story: This is the second year David Lopez has ventured into the world of natural processing. Natural processing is risky. A producer can easily over ferment the coffee and the unpredictable weather plays a huge role. David Lopez build a covered drying room in order to keep the coffee from the rain. We are extremely happy to see the further improvement in in the cupping scores of his naturals. This year David has improved greatly. By only processing Catuai in his natural lot the notes are clearer and his extended fermentation has brought more impressive tropical fruit notes. It is wonderful to see a farmer perfect a processing method!

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    It's easy to remind yourself of how much you love Milka Coffee Roasters when you sit your mug down on one of our Terrazo Tile Coasters just like you would if you were tying your shoe at the coffee shop! Our floor is sure to become iconic, so here's your chance to take a few pieces of it home with you.

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    And also come down to the roastery to learn how to cup with the pros (Feb 2nd or 9th) . If you don't live in Sacramento or its surroundings you will recieve a sample pack of the coffees cupped and an instruction packet on how to cup with friends at home!

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    $25 Gift Certificate to Milka Coffee Roasters Flgaship Location or Online Store

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