Tastemaker Series: Kaye & TJ Rocamora

Tastemaker Series: Kaye & TJ Rocamora

There’s something about Fridays in the metro—the streets fill up with cars and highways turn into parking lots. Checking the traffic report feels like a bloodbath from all the red lights indicative of heavy traffic. When you’re lucky enough, you get a short window of bearable traffic and that was the goal for the day. It's the small victories that count.

Luckily, we were able to catch Aeropress power couple Kaye and TJ Rocamora before the Friday madness. We asked them a couple of questions about their favorite beans and winning recipes as they did a final check on their luggage before their Iceland and Scandinavia adventure.

Fashion with a side of Coffee Cocktail

Fashion with a side of Coffee Cocktail

Last weekend the Kalsada Seattle team served this provacative drink at the underground Seattle fashion show of the season. Moksha hosted the event, converting their boutique that normally features unique South East Asian designs into a proper runway.

Complete with music composed by Jyun Jyun combined with projected mixed media pieces, and kick-ass models that doubled as dancers, Moksha took a fashion show, with a normally static format, and brought it into the realm of performance art.

5 Life Lessons Learned from Coffee

5 Life Lessons Learned from Coffee

I travelled to Auntie Ashtrine’s farm by way of a yellow-painted jeepney. It crawled up the asphalt ribbon that wrapped itself around the mountains of Baguio. Through the slit of a window across from me, an ocean of blue skies and green leaves spilled in every direction, an antithesis to the grit and bustle of Metro Manila. We were on our way to check up on the blueprint of the washing station, the focus of Kalsada’s Kickstarter campaign. It was my first time visiting the communities and farmers behind the coffee, and I couldn’t have been more exhilarated.

Baguio by way of Indonesia

Baguio by way of Indonesia

Evan Gilman, a Kalsada contributor, is a coffee professional from Seattle, Washington who has been in the industry for more than 12 years.  His recent travels have brought him to Southeast Asia to gain first hand knowledge of coffee processing in Indonesia, obtain Q Grader certification, and tour with Berkeley, California’s Gamelan Sekar Jaya.  Currently, he also writes articles for Sprudge, and assists Kalsada with quality control and traceability.

We asked Evan to write about his first experiences with Kalsada.

Made with Coffee Love

Made with Coffee Love

Il y a un mois, j’ai été chargé de construire un brew-bar pour le pop-up de Kalsada à l’ambassade États-uniennes. Une mission assez simple en apparence qui se complique tout de suite dans le contexte des philippines.

(About a month ago, I was put in charge of building a brew bar for Kalsada pop-up at the US Embassy. What seemed like a simple task turned out to be much more complicated in the Philippines context.)