The solar panels are installed and charging our beautiful coffee bar!! A HUMONGOUS thank you goes out to the men and women of Yes!SolarSolutions who made it all possible. I know there were a number of surprises and obstacles along the way but they did a great job and I can't wait to show off my panels to everybody! TA-DAAAA!!
The question on everyone's mind is, "Will those panels really power the WHOLE coffee bar?" And sadly, the answer is no, but they WILL be able to supplement the power from our generator and thereby decrease our total carbon footprint. It also gets the word out about great companies like Yes! Solar Solutions who can help your home or business utilize the power of the sun and save you hundreds on electrical bills (no, they are not paying me to say this, but they may have given me a slight discount)!
Lately I've been so encouraged by the folks in the Specialty Coffee Industry who are representing coffee the right way. The US Barista Competition Big Central regionals were just last weekend and I particularly loved Josh Wismans' presentation that included lighthearted dialogue about noses and an interesting perspective about tasting coffee. Also, Shannon Steele-Knuckles' presentation using an organic coffee grown by an all-female staff from Costa Rica was awesome! (plus her name is badass)
I am planning on volunteering for Big East's Regional competitions to get the insider look on the competition that is going to be HERE!! in Durham from January 17th-19th. It's free so ya'll should go!
Our next big task is to get our Kickstarter officially up and running! Look for it in the next couple weeks!
Oh, and here's a look at that nasty old door that we refinished to turn into our espresso bar countertop:
Get ready, Triangle! Coffee is coming to you soon!