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What can we do?

Yesterday we decided to donate 20 percent of today’s sales to the Tree of Life Synagogue Victims GoFundMe with a short post on our Instagram. We are able to donate $400 today from sales as well as a generous addition from one of our team members and a personal donation from us.

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As we sat trying to figure out what to do, we decided that donating money is what we can do RIGHT NOW. Today.  It seems unsettling to say we will give money to something that can’t be righted by money because no amount can undue the tragedy. It wasn’t as if a natural disaster came and washed away some belongings that we can donate or purchase with the money, but I know nothing else to do RIGHT NOW!  I know things that I can do going forward: voting, speaking up when I am privy to hateful conversations and stopping it or reporting it, helping to do what I can to change laws. It’s also hard to go on each day as if nothing happened.  We started this business to make our corner of the world a little bit better but in reality most of what goes on is frivolous, but it does make the life that we are living more enjoyable. It feels unsettling to just wake up and pay bills and move through the day when people’s lives and the lives of their families are so affected.  There is probably an unread paper left on their kitchen table or dirty dishes in the sink because no one thought that these people wouldn't return. It wasn’t a neat exit from their home. There will be constant reminders for those who have to deal with a tragedy and it’s very unsettling to just go on and concern myself with the frivolity that is in my life.  Because all of it feels frivolous RIGHT NOW!

But I have learned from other tragedies that we have to move forward or the hate and the anger that caused this will win. We need to honor and pay tribute to these lives, but we also need to go on. We need to examine our own biases and hatreds that we may not know we have and work to remove those. We need to continue this feeling of love toward one another that we feel when struck by these tragedies and we need figure out what we can do moving forward including electing officials who can change laws.  I am a dreamer, a big big dreamer, who can imagine a lot so I tend to feel hopeless that I’m never doing enough in my mind, not living up to my full potential to be a helper. But I have realized that giving a little bit of money today is what I can do RIGHT NOW, and if I stay in that zone of doing and giving I will get to a place where the help is really big. So as we move through this and to the next few days, weeks and months, let's not lose that feeling of helping and spreading love and not allowing hateful acts to turn us into angry, hateful people. That is what we can do for the FUTURE!.

We're hiring!

We are looking to add a part-time or full-time person to our team!

The candidate does not need to have extensive experience in coffee but is…

  • very interested in coffee/tea and always learning more about it
  • both courteous and professional with customers as well as co-workers
  • a hard worker, timely, and is able to function very early in the morning
  • excited to work for a small business which often involves taking on many different roles
  • able to work weekends
  • able to work at both of our locations

If you are interested please email us! We will get you an application and then we can talk about the next steps. 

21st Street Coffee and Tea is Hiring

We are looking to add a part time (potentially full time) person to our team.  If you are interested please email us! We will get you an application and then we can talk about the next steps. 

The candidate does not need to have extensive experience in coffee but is…

  • very interested in coffee/tea and always learning more about it (and drinking it of course)
  • both courteous and professional with customers as well as co-workers
  • a hard worker, timely, and is able to function very early in the morning
  • excited to work for a small business which often involves taking on many different roles
  • able to work at both our locations
  • must be able to work weekends!

The Worst Coffee Competition

When trying to come up with a unique event for Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week, we wanted to do something that would bring the local coffee community together for a good time.

This past Spring LA's Dinosaur Coffee hosted the first (to my knowledge) World's Worst Coffee Competition

This seemed like it could be a lot of fun, where anyone with an appreciation for good coffee and a sense of humor could "compete" on a level playing field.  Anyway we're going to give it a try- we've started with their basic premise but here are some rules to make things more official:

The WORST Coffee Competition

Saturday October 24th from 5-7p at 2002 Smallman St. in the Strip District

  • The drinks will be coffee (not espresso) based but if you need to steam milk you can use the espresso machine.
  • Competitors can bring any of their own brewing gear or use ours, hot water and ice will be available.  Competitors can also use our milk and coffee if needed.
  • Competitors can use any ingredient as long as it's edible/drinkable and follows good standards of food safety (they haven't put it in their own mouth, used dirty equipment etc.)
  • It's open to the public as well as coffee pros, but will limit competition to 10 people (free to enter).  Contact us to get on the list!
  • Each competitor will be given 8 minutes to complete their drink making
  • The judging of the drink will be of the following characteristics:
    • Aroma
    • Mouthfeel
    • Flavor
    • Aftertaste
    • Performance
    • Service Vessel
    • Outfit- can be creative with a costume

Anyone in attendance whether they participate or watch can enjoy complimentary small espresso shakes or cold brew that will not be the worst ever.

On the not-worst coffee front, we're doing a customer focused event during PSCW where you can get behind the bar for some hands on experience, and some great drink specials all week. 

Get behind the coffee bar!

During Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week we are going to allow you, our customers, to get behind the bar and get some hands on experience making coffee.  We're going to have a 30 minute window each day from the 19th-23rd.  Space will be limited so we're asking that you sign up (FREE) by emailing us from our contact form on the website.  

Schedule:

Downtown: Monday 10/19 and Friday 10/23; 10:30-11a (open to 2 people per day)

Strip District: Tuesday 10/20, Wednesday 10/21, and Thursday 10/22; 10:30-11a (open to up to 3 people per day)

Drink Specials During Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week

As part of the upcoming Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week from October 19-25th, we'll be offering some drink specials at our two locations:

Strip District - Homemade Nut Milk Cortado, $4

Downtown - 5oz Sparkling Tea + Single Espresso + Single Macchiato, $4

Stop in and try them both during PSCW, but also stop in before then because you consider yourself a coffee and tea buff.

We're hiring!

As some of our folks begin their next semester of school, we are looking to add a part time person to our team.  If you are interested please email us! We will get you an application and then we can talk about the next steps. 

The candidate does not need to have extensive experience in coffee but is…

  • very interested in coffee/tea and always learning more about it (and drinking it of course)
  • both courteous and professional with customers as well as co-workers
  • a hard worker, timely, and is able to function very early in the morning
  • excited to work for a small business which often involves taking on many different roles