TripLingo is a local startup that's created a great iOS app that helps you learn valuable phrases in other languages for when you need them, based on your preferences. It's been featured on Lifehacker, Mashable, CNN, Sparkmuse, AJC, and other spots. You can check out more about it at triplingo.com! For this Coffee Ambush, I brewed Batdorf & Bronson's Kenya Kangocho, a delicious coffee that's tasting like sweet fruit punch. My photo/video assistant, was my lovely wife, April. Special thanks to James Martin for setting it up. (James also designed the most recent iteration of the Atlanta Disloyalty Card.)
Today, I Coffee Ambushed my friends at Blood:Water Mission, a cause my wife and I've deeply supported for 8 years. Blood:Water Mission helps to build clean water wells, rainwater catchment tanks, and provide HIV/AIDS and Malaria medication to people all over Africa, many in coffee-producing communities.
The guys in Jars of Clay founded Blood:Water Mission in 2003, after a trip to Malawi, and since then, they've partnered with more over 800 communities in Africa, providing life-saving water and health needs for over 500,000 people in 13 different countries.
Along the way the 1000 Wells Project expanded holistically to include a variety of clean water solutions and sanitation and hygiene training, as well as funding health clinics, community health workers, and support groups, which help in the prevention, treatment, care and support of communities affected by AIDS, incorporating HIV/AIDS-specific programming alongside ongoing water programming.
This past May, April and I joined the organization in Nashville to celebrate their 1000th well finished.
Today, I had help from local coffee professional Jackson O'Brien from Bongo Java, and used the Batdorf & Bronson Guatemala Finca El Valle. So chocolatey good. Special thanks to Mike Lenda for setting up the Ambush within.
This episode of the Coffee Ambush surprises the fine folks of the Fox Theater in downtown Atlanta. My personal favorite for seeing bands in an intimate setting, complete with twinkling stars built into a sky blue ceiling, The Fox Theater plays host to Broadway musicals, bands, and many other events. We saw "Stomp!" there months ago, and will Alison Krauss there next month for the second time.
Today, I brewed up our new crop Organic Mexico Chiapas. Tasted like cocoa, cinnamon, and candied walnuts.
Special thanks to Russell Sauve for helping me set it up, and for my wife April for video/camera work.
Today's Coffee Ambush featured all the fine people at Vitrue, a social media company here in Atlanta! Due to technical difficulties, there were no pictures taken, just a few videos, but there were lots of great people that came and got coffee. Their coffee room was loaded with people for a solid hour, it was really great! Lots of great questions, and their team there were awesome! They've practically begged me to come back, and I'm sure I'll oblige, and get more pictures of their awesome team. Thanks to Laura and the whole staff there for helping me have so much fun!