Coffee & Conversations | No Boundaries

I was in a coffee shop on Buffalo’s West Side when I read the first issue of No Boundaries, a bi-annual social justice oriented publication created by Rise Collaborative. My perspective on Buffalo had always been a positive one, as it was impossible to ignore the life that was seeping back into a weary city….

Barista of the Month: Jordan Taylor

The first time I saw Jordan’s Instagram account I knew I wanted to interview him. As a coffee enthusiast (duh) and occasional poet myself, it was fun to see someone combine the two in creative ways. Jordan is a manager at Glen Edith Coffee in Rochester, NY This interview has been edited and condensed for…

Barista of the Month : Clinton Hodnett

“Cafes have historically been the hotspot for social change. That needs to continue.” Inspired by President Trump’s election, a years long desire to actively engage in social justice and a passion for and ability to provide excellent coffee to the public, Clinton Hodnett is making his statement a reality. Hodnett, the Head Barista and Technician…

Coffee & Conversations| Indie Twenty

One of my favorite thing to do is meet one-on-one with people over coffee. The Buffalo Bloggers network has introduced me to so many new faces in this city, and while it’s fun to network at monthly events, it’s also overwhelming. I’ve made it somewhat of a personal goal to go on casual coffee dates with…

Coffee & Conversations | Peach Parade

Buffalo is full of creative people. Whether in the city or the suburbs, the number of men and women forging their own path and creating lives they love is steadily growing. It only made sense to start talking to them – over coffee, of course – and sharing their stories. Emily Spina, the natural self-care guru…

Barista of the Month: Ryan Baker

For Ryan Baker, coffee is far more than a business or career; it’s his passion. He began working in a cafe while finishing college and enjoyed it so much he started spending free time inside Joe Bean Coffee and Fuego Coffee Roasters, asking questions and learning what he could. He stepped away for a while to…