It’s never too early to start planning for St. Patrick’s Day, by which I mean figuring out something more productive to do with your time than getting blackout drunk and acting like a fool during a bastardized holiday that has more to do with bad stereotypes than the actual day’s namesake. But I digress. What you could be doing—if you live in San Jose, California, at least—is going to the first-ever throwdown at Recovery Cafe.
Recovery Cafe isn’t like most coffee shops hosting latte art extravaganzas. It is “a safe space and healing community for those who have been afflicted by homelessness, addiction and mental health setbacks within the San Jose area,” according to assistant manager Rikki Vick. Along with coffee, they offer “meals, self-help classes, [and] job preparedness programs” to members of their community.
Thanks to a recent remodel, Recovery Cafe is the happy owner of their own espresso machine, which will allow them to better provide individuals with coffee-related job training, and they want to celebrate with the greater public with a little throwdown. They have teamed up with Chromatic Coffee, who has graciously donated over 60 pounds of coffee to Recovery for the event and beyond, for a night of pours, hangs, and good times. The cafe is still looking for a few espresso essentials to help complete their new bar, specifically a scale and a tamping mat, so if you have any to donate, make sure to get in touch with the good folks at Recovery.
The event gets started at 5:00pm, so if you’re looking for something better to do next Saturday than pretend to be Irish, consider checking out Recovery Cafe during their first throwdown. It’s sure to be a good time for a good cause, and you won’t regret it in the morning. For more information, visit Recovery Cafe's official website.
*top image via Recovery Cafe