Our high school special education students are on the verge of vocational greatness! These students, many of whom struggle with significant disabilities, passionately run a café that serves the school community. They have the unique pride and self-respect that comes with doing work that has both social capital and genuine, meaningful service to others. They want to be the best of the best. Right now they operate a beautiful La Marzocco espresso machine that was donated to them through the generous support of our community. They just need a few more pieces of equipment to have a fully operational, professional coffee service operation.
Your donation will buy equipment that every espresso vendor has and bring our students’ café up to professional specifications. Your dollars will buy two professional coffee grinders made specifically to complement our commercial espresso machine. It will buy some missing parts for the espresso machine, a tool to keep it tuned, and barista tools that will allow students to work on barista-competition-level skills—tamping and pulling the espresso. Additionally, your donation will by four coffee serving carafes that will allow students to cater meetings at the school such as the principal’s administrative meetings, special education meetings, and teachers’ union gatherings.