So we're pretty much blown away with the outpouring of support from folx all over the country today, uniting to help activate coffee and the wider beverage community as a source of charitable giving. It's the inaugural Night of 1000 Pours tonight—search for an event in a community near you—and we just want to take a moment today to say thank you to everyone participating, and to highlight some of the leaders who have stepped up big in their communities.
First and foremost, our colleagues in New York City have been working over the last few days to raise funds for disaster relief, with a special focus on Puerto Rico. More than 30 cafes around the city have been serving signature drinks over the last few days to help raise funds, and there is a huge event happening tonight in Manhattan at the Counter Culture Coffee Training Center (376 Broome St). A huge thank you to all the participating cafes—Joe NYC, Everyman Espresso, Chalait, Underline Coffee, Toby's Estate, Variety, Gimme!, and Gregory's—and to the event organizers Sam Penix, Eric Grimm, and Dandy Anderson. Thanks also to Lin Manuel Miranda and Debra Messing for retweeting info about these events (no, really, it happened).
Speaking of Counter Culture, we have been just astonished by their organizing work and donation of time and resources to support 1000 Pours over the last few weeks. CCC are hosting or sponsoring events across the USA tonight, including events in Asheville, Atlanta, Boston, the Bay Area, Charleston, Chicago, Durham, Los Angeles, the aforementioned NYC event, Miami, Philly, Seattle, and Washington DC. Thank you to all of the folks hosting events nationwide, and to the team at Counter Culture HQ in Durham (especially Jennifer Hoverstad and Brian Ludviksen) for helping support these events.
We also want to shout out some of the folks helping raise funds today in the form of donating a portion of their sales proceeds, or hosting online specials. Onyx Coffee is donating 100% of online profits today to the Houston Food Bank. That's rad, and if you were uh, you know, in the mood to buy some coffee (who isn't?) make your first click Onyx to support the Night of 1000 Pours. La Marzocco‘s truly great La Marzocco Cafe in Seattle are donating all of their proceeds today to Direct Relief, and Portland's Either/Or cafe will donate a portion of sales proceeds today to the Transgender Legal Defense Education Fund.
Speaking of Portland and Seattle, these are pretty good places to help support the Night of 1000 Pours throughout the day. In Seattle? You can support by drinking delicious Olympia Coffee Roasting Company coffee at the La Marzocco Cafe, then check out a party at Sound & Fog in West Seattle (raising funds for TLDEF). Cap off your evening with a very special menu of Mezcal cocktails at Liberty Bar, with funds going to support Mezcal Union‘s relief work in Oaxaca. Or perhaps you live in Portland? Either/Or is the spot for day drinks today, and then tonight please join us tonight at 6pm at Foxy Coffee for a charity natural wine bar pop-up hosted by our sister site Sprudge Wine, along with a rowdy throwdown, funky DJ's, and surprises galore.
There's more stuff—the wonderful Fleet Coffee x Department of Brewology collab happening in Austin, the excellent multi-charity fundraiser from Colorado's Ozo Coffee—but you can read about all of this, and much more, at the official Night of 1000 Pours website. As a last shout out let us thank the team at Oatly USA (especially Bryan Hasho and Sadie Renee), who contacted us when the first round of 1000 Pours events were announced and have generously stepped up to support events tonight in New York and Portland.
Thank you all. Let's make tonight one to remember, and then heck, move right on to support the incredible #CoffeeAyudo fundraisers in Chicago for Puerto Rico and Mexico relief and Equator Coffee‘s IWCA fundraisers this Sunday. If this is what coffee looks like in 2017—charitable, involved, partying for a cause—we are so here for it.
THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US AT SPRUDGE MEDIA NETWORK!