No, no, not our store. That’s in the same location in downtown Grass Valley where we’ve been for over 30 years now. We do however have a new website, and our blog is now incorporated into it. Look for us from now on here. All the older posts will be there too, so don’t worry, you won’t miss a thing!
I am in the lovely town of Manteca today. Actually, we haven’t found much to do in Manteca, but there is a very nice baseball park, which is why we are here. Jack has a tournament at the Big League Dreams field. It’s an amazing sports complex, where the fields are designed as replicas of major league fields. Pretty exciting for an eight and under team! Plus staying in a hotel is pretty exciting for my kids.
For the last week we’ve had guests visiting, and it was a wonderful experience of hosting lots of family. We enjoyed seeing two of Trace’s brothers and their wives, Trace’s uncle and his wife, and one of our niece’s with her husband and 5 month old baby. Baby Cooper is Grandma Caroline’s first great-grandbaby. Not only does Caroline have a legacy of a coffee shop that we continue in her name, but she is the matriarch of a family that keeps growing. We are honored to be related to her.
This week’s coffee of the week is one of Caroline’s favorites. Her first choice is our Gayo Mountain Sumatra, but this comes in a close second. Celebes is an Indonesian island, that I always think resembles a hand. It has actually been renamed Sulawesi, but the coffee still comes in a bag with the old Dutch colonial name, Celebes.
We brewed a pot of this Celebes Toraja in a French press in our hotel room this morning. Although the water might not have been the proper temperature, we thoroughly enjoyed the full-bodied, earthy taste as we woke up. It has a light acidity and a chocolate taste as it cools.
There were tomatoes at the Thursday Night Market last night! It must truly be summer. If you haven’t made it downtown yet on a Thursday evening, this event lasts until the end of August, and it’s always a blast for the whole family. We’re open until 8 pm on Thursday nights, so you can grab a mocha freeze as you head up the street. Come on out!
At the request of a customer, I am posting this staff picture again, with names attached to all of the current employees. In the caption below the photo are the names of everyone in the picture, in case that’s easier to follow. Of course, you can always ask our names in person: that way we learn your name too, and we love to get to know our customers better!
Andrew and Will have both been helping around here their entire lives. The level of help has grown as they have, and both of them are now an integral part of the Carolines staff.
Andrew has been our cook, among many other jobs over the years. At the end of this week Andrew will leave for a job in the US Forest Service, so it seems like a good time to say: thank you for all of your help over the years.
Will is still an active member of the Carolines team. He refills our bulk coffees at the SPD Markets twice a week and he is in charge of the regular cleaning of the coffee roaster. Coffee oils plus high temperature leads to quite a baked on product, so this is cleaning that involves a chisel.
Both boys are hardworking and wonderful young men. We know you will both be successful in whatever you choose to do in life. Thank you for all the time you have put in here!