Portland Monthly covers Caffe Vita Barista school for at-risk youth.

| February 9, 2010

Solid Grounds
a barista school gets teens off the street and behind the counter
by Martin Patail

For most of us, coffee is simply a tool for paddle-shocking our brains every morning, but for a few of Portland’s 1,000 or so homeless youth, it’s a way to jump-start a career. In October, P:ear, a local youth mentoring program, partnered with Seattle-based roasters Caffé Vita to open a barista school that fast-tracks Portland’s least fortunate in one of the city’s most competitive industries. The arrangement is simple, explains Sarah Dougher, a veteran P:ear staffer: Caffé Vita donates the coffee, equipment, and instruction while P:ear provides the space. All the students have to do is roll up their sleeves. Continue reading here…

And Some upcoming VITA + P:EAR public events:

March 4th: 1st Thursday at p:ear gallery in old town on 6th and Flanders. Barista school students will be slinging coffee for tips and to help generate awareness for barista school coffee cart opening late March. 6-9pm

March 9th: a fresh batch of p:ear barista school students will be serving up Vita throughout the day in support of p:ear and the barista school project. Baristas will rotate through shifts on the cart to hone their skills with coffee and people. p:ear gallery, 6th and Flanders NW. 9 am-2 pm.

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