Wow! Thanks to the generous support of our customers, friends, family and Baltimore community we reached our goal of a $10,000 loan to fund our new roaster. This is an incredible opportunity for us and we couldn’t have done it without you. Can’t wait to kick this little business into high gear!
Would you like to help Cafe Los Suenos grow? Then consider contributing to our loan for a new roaster via Kiva!
Demand for our coffee is growing by the day, but soon we won’t be able to keep up with the orders. Currently, we spend 30+ hours a week roasting. With the new roaster, we can do the same amount in just THREE hours.That’ll leave more time to grow the business, get out and about to meet new friends and neighbors and roast even more coffee for you to enjoy.
Kiva is offering us a grant to double every dollar pledged. If you choose to loan to us, you will be repaid, in full, within 3 years. Here is the link if you’d like to learn more.
It’s not easy to find a home. But as anyone who feels rooted in a place may tell you, having a home creates a mental shift from which you can draw the strength to grow. Since moving our family to Baltimore we’ve been looking for the perfect space for the business, without much luck. But perhaps the Universe was closing doors so that we would find the window to our future.
That window opened this week when we found a three-story storefront for sale on the historic Old Town Mall, a pedestrian-only shopping district in the heart of the redevelopment of East Baltimore. The former wig shop came with a decade of neglect, six bags of insulation, an air compressor, a tree growing through the roof and a vintage Triumph motorcycle. When the renovations are completed, however, it will be the home to our first specialty retail shop, and the heart of a new community.
Have we told you lately how much we love Baltimore?
When opportunity knocks, we do whatever we can to say yes. So when Lane and Robert from the Fairlington Farmers Market asked us if we could support their new market, we made it work. And are we ever glad we did! We loved meeting the community and learning how this new market has become a sort of town square in a neighborhood that needed one. Although we were late to the party, we hope we’ll be invited back to share our coffee again.
Any requests for other breakfast-y items? Let us know and we’ll see if we can offer them.
We LOVE our neighborhood, Bloomingdale. From the beautiful historic row houses to the ever-evolving collection of new ideas and businesses, we are proud to call Bloomingdale home. We’re joining forces with Showtime Lounge for a weekend pop-up (or pop-in!) coffee shop. Many thanks to our neighborhood blog for helping spread the news. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Ok, we heard you. No one will take us seriously if we continue to design our bags by hand. We got it. But finding someone to translate our simple little drawing into a “real” logo was sooooo much harder than we thought it would be.
For starters, we had to run back through the gauntlet of criticism of our design, which *some* think isn’t so cool. We got it. But we’re sticking with it.
Making the leap from Sharpie to Photoshop was not a seamless process, though. When we scanned the design it looked like it had actually been done by hand. That is, by the hand of a child, or someone with a very wobbly script. Not what we were going for at all.
On the other hand, we didn’t want to sacrifice the movement and the lettering that we think makes our logo feel authentic.
Enter Ryan King.
Just when we thought we had to give up on our font, this guy swoops in and give us this:
Thank you, Ryan, for always listening to us and giving our ideas a chance. So with no further ado, we now have a stamp for our bags, a proper loyalty card (hold onto those Vista Print specials, everyone—they’ll be a collector’s item someday!) and even some letterhead.