We will be hosting a hand brewed coffee bar (for donations) Friday, Feb. 22nd from 8am-1pm at the What? Cafe (in the shopping center on the Northwest corner of Tharpe and MLK in Tallahassee). As a lot of you already know, Atomic Coffee and the Tomahawk Sports Bar both unexpectedly closed early this year. The staffs of both were left unexpectedly unemployed and without a few weeks back pay. Come out and get a coffee from some of your favorite Atomic Coffee alumni and make a donation to help out some local service workers and friends. Hope to see you there! Read More…
The sudden disappearance of Atomic Coffee from the Tallahassee coffee scene has been surreal. I worked there for around two and a half years, and I feel a bit responsible for the place, since I was there from the beginning. Admittedly, I have complicated feelings about it. I have a lot I could say on the topic, but I am going to stick with one point.
No matter how you felt about the place, there were some great people who worked there, and they probably employed as many coffee people in Tallahassee as every other independent shop combined. (To catch up those who don’t have context, Atomic Coffee was a very small chain with 3 locations, started in 2013. It billed itself as “Third Wave” (take that how you like), and was one of the first places in our medium-sized town to introduce pour-over coffee, and roasters such as Counter Culture, Stumptown, and Intelligentsia. At its best, it offered a passion for awesome coffee that could be infectious.)
One of my goals in life is to help coffee become more of a profession, a sustainable career, even. Not just a part-time job for people doing other things. I realize the difficulties in this path, but I have always had a love for Quixotic quests. Anyway, the sudden evaporation of so many coffee jobs is terrible, both for the people who lost them as well as for anyone looking for a chance to get into the industry and learn more about coffee. Hopefully, there will be more opportunities in the near future.
In the short-term, I can’t do much about the lost industry opportunities (some day, though…), but I think we can do a little something to help the people who lost their jobs without warning and who may be struggling a bit. There is a campaign on Gofundme to help pay the back wages from Atomic Coffee and its sister restaurant, Tomahawk. I am currently organizing a fundraising event for that campaign, where I will get former Atomic Coffee employees to run a pop-up hand brewed coffee bar for donations, to go to the Gofundme effort. I hope you will join us, it promises to be fun, with great coffee and a good cause. Details will be made available as soon as they are definite.
We will be at it again at the What? Cafe (Near the corner of MLK and Tharpe in Tallahassee, FL). We will be featuring coffees from 2 different amazing roasters:
Counter Culture Coffee (Durham, NC): Idido Sun-Dried (Yirgacheffe Ethiopia) and La Florida (Narino, Colombia)
Sweet Bloom Coffee (Lakewood, CO): Tana Toraja (Sulawesi)
Come check us out for a hand-brewed coffee in a laid-back atmosphere. If you’ve never been to the What? Cafe, it is a cool space right in Midtown, with a comfy feel and lots of great meetings and events.