Sin Fronteras Coffee Sourcing Roasting Relationships
Sin Fronteras Coffee Sourcing Roasting Relationships
Sin Fronteras Coffee is brewing agency along the coffee production process. From the land to the cup, its about the Relationship.
Sin Fronteras Coffee is brewing agency along the coffee production process. From the land to the cup, its about the Relationship. Read more
First of all
We thank you for taking the time to visit our project page and consider how the goals and essence of it resonate with your values and with what you believe in. Gracias.
Who We Are
Let us tell you a little about who we are and what we have been up to. As you viewed in the video above (thank you to all the folks who shared their thoughts on the café and to Encinal Oakland for producing the video) Akat Café Kalli is a community-based café in Oakland, California. Without our community, we would not have been able to get to this point. Much love and respect to each and every person who has supported our little coffee shop.
Before we opened up our doors, as a family, we took a risk yet an active role to create our own income and have more autonomy over how we engage in economic activity. While it sounds overwhelming, when we considered the relationship between ourselves and our potential means of gaining income, we decided that the best option would be to work for ourselves and keep our values intact. We know that there are many folks out there who do what they love, contribute to their community and get paid for it too; much love and respect! You deserve it. We know there are also many folks who would rather actively participate in generating their own income but face many barriers. Inspired, we did what we thought was necessary and took on the struggle to become more self-determined.
We began in 2012, making artisan coffee and hosting poetry readings for community members and arts and crafts workshops. We hosted workshops that shared skills, music, and art and informed of the empowering actions happening in the community. The community also organized their own events and gatherings at the café. Akat Café Kalli became a place of connection for us and our community.
We have been about creating positive impacts and relationships in the community since day one. As the community continues to engage and support Akat Café Kalli, they help to shape it into a welcoming and vibrant space. We, on the other hand, work to make coffee while caring about how we interact with all our relations. In 2015, we began to work directly with autonomous coffee producers in Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico. The year after, we began to roast our own coffee – the coffee that most of you have tasted. Essentially, we do this as a part of our focus on developing the relationships with those involved in the production of coffee, and reporting back from our visits with coffee producers; our most recent being in January. This is all a part of our preparation for the Sin Fronteras Coffee Project – Coffee without borders.
Café Sin Fronteras/Sin Fronteras Coffee
Now the moment has arrived to launch the Sin Fronteras Coffee/Café Sin Fronteras project and we are inviting you to participate. We are raising resources to import a ton of coffee, purchase a coffee roaster and build a tallercito. We are dedicated to adding on to our community space to roast and brew coffee, highlight the relationships involved in the production of coffee, create "sustain to gain" opportunities for coffee workers all while doing it in a good way- based on collaboration and participation. The key ideas here are relationships and solidarity economics. While it may not fit into our little café, we aim to create a Tallercito, a workshop space, in Oakland for:
- Roasting and brewing sustainable coffee
- Highlighting the relationships involved in the coffee production process
- Creating “sustain to gain” opportunities for coffee producers and workers.
The goal is the creation of a community coffee workshop and café, the tallercito, where the community and those who have migrated to the Bay Area from their coffee homelands can share and gain knowledge about the:
- production of coffee
- operation of an autonomous coffee business
- social/cultural/political implications of our interactions with coffee
Essentially, we will:
- Collaborate with coffee producers and workers to create opportunities for economic sustainability and agency – “sustain to gain”
- Contribute in generating sustainable income by shifting the value back to the relationship between producers, coffee shop workers, coffee drinkers and the land.
- Build a tallercito, a coffee workshop space where community and people from the coffee lands living in the Bay Area can share and learn about all things coffee.
- Promote the growth of autonomous coffee businesses operated by graduates/workers of the tallercito.
Shifting the values
Too many times the focus is on the branding and quality of the end product, rather than the quality of the relationships involved in producing a drip coffee, latte or a bag of coffee. The community does not generally have enough information about the production process of coffee and the important relationships involved. Many tend to objectify coffee producers by hanging their photo on a wall, or sensationalizing their names & homeland on an organic ink-based label – but, this is not the way to build meaningful and sustainable relationships with everyone involved. Our aim is to shift the value back to these relationships by highlighting the stories, and the message of the coffee producers – from their struggles and victories, based on their location, societal and cultural realities.
There is a lack of coffee spaces which offer good coffee and good food with a welcoming artistic and cultural environment which builds with the community from the coffee lands from which the coffee originates. Just like Akat Café Kalli, this work will occur in a vibrant community cultural space where people come together to create and engage in positive interactions not only the transaction. It is vital to shift resources to projects like ours where growth starts from below and expands horizontally, through collaboration and active participation.
How You Can Participate
We have listed three ways in which you can participate:
- Make a contribution. We have included some rewards such as t-shirts, market bags to carry your fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan soap, candles and our hand roasted coffee. Some rewards also include photos and handwritten thank you cards. There is even a reward which allows you to (a.) contribute to the project and (b.) donate coffee to your favorite community-based organization.
- Spread the word! Let your friends and relatives know about the project and share with them the values that have inspired you to engage with the project.
- Host a fundraiser/benefit for the project. Contact us and we will collaborate! If geography is an issue, we can always "go live" to be connected.
Sin Fronteras Coffee has a solid community base and experience from which to grow. The experience of Akat Café Kalli has been a dignified struggle, one which has brought upon us many lessons, blessings and has connected us with beautiful and strong people. Overall it has been successful and we feel blessed and honored to be part of our community. We thank you for your support and commitment to this project.
From the Shores of Oakland's East Lake Merritt,
Akat Cafe Kalli / Sin Fronteras Coffee
There are many barriers to sustainable income with opportunities to gain economic and social agency within the production of coffee. It is our mission to create opportunities where people involved can "sustain to gain" and actively participate in breaking down those barriers. We envision the free movement of people just like the coffee we all enjoy.
Risks and challenges
We understand that this project will take a lot of work and requires much time and energy. However, we also understand that we must take care of ourselves, keep stress down, keep our relationships healthy and enjoy the process. In the end it is about having good relationships with ourselves, each other, the coffee and the land. We are thankful for your active participation.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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