CAFE MOMENTUM January 25 2015
EAT. DRINK. CHANGE LIVES.
We first met Chad Houser in 2012 at the White Rock Local Market when he came by our booth to purchase some coffee. Kevin recognized Chad and pointed him out to me, and I immediately barraged Chad with 20 questions to learn more about this wonderful program (Cafe Momentum) I'd read about. Kevin and I knew that we wanted to find some way to get involved and to help. After discussing some options with Chad, the Cafe Momentum Roast idea started taking shape... we would create a custom coffee and donate a portion of every sale of this blend to Cafe Momentum to help them realize the dream of opening their own restaurant.
A month later at the Cafe Momentum Pop-Up dinner at Central 214, we put the dinner guests' names into a bowl from which was drawn the participants of our "Cafe Momentum Roast Focus Group." That Focus Group met at the Noble Coyote roastery, where we proceeded to sample coffees for several hours until the group narrowed down by majority vote their favorite single origins, roast levels and blending percentages. And thus was born the Cafe Momentum Roast. (I'm sure many in the group cursed our name when they tried to sleep that night.)
For the next three years we attended many more Cafe Momentum Pop-Up dinners, brewing our coffee for the people attending the dinner and selling our bags of the CM Roast. We formed friendships with the remarkable group of supporters who tried not to miss a single CM dinner. We got to know the young men who were going through the program, changing their lives for the better... showing such strength and courage. It was both humbling and awe-inspiring to us. We enjoyed getting to know the extraordinary staff of people who are the architects of this incredible program. We shed tears, felt chills, and came away renewed and cleansed after each and every CM experience with these awesome kids and the people who believed in them. And we watched while the plans for their very own place developed not only into a restaurant but also a place for the youth to learn life skills in a comfortable and secure family-like environment.
DRUMROLL PLEASE..... THE RESTAURANT, CAFE MOMENTUM, WILL BE OPENING TO THE PUBLIC ON JANUARY 29!! And listen... You. Must. Go. We were honored to be there on the first night of their soft opening. Tamarrion took care of us. He did a fabulous job making us feel comfortable, sharing information about the menu, and he excelled at being both charming and entertaining. Our meals were delicious, we enjoyed a nice bottle of wine, and the dessert was divine. But even beyond the food were the emotions! Oh my goodness, the flood of emotions. It was a magical night. I can't properly put into words just how much our experience with this organization means to us. We are so privileged to play even a small part in the lives that Cafe Momentum is changing.
In the words of Mark Twain:
"There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded."
Everyone involved in Cafe Momentum is standing in that first group.
If you have purchased a bag of our Cafe Momentum Roast, you have helped us donate to this organization. Thank you.
If you are interested in helping us continue to donate to this very important restaurant and cause you can purchase a bag of the Cafe Momentum Roast on our website and at the following locations: