Yebo Life teamed up with Republic Coffee Co. (yet again!) last month for the Bean to Brew Workshop at Youngblood, a beautiful art gallery for up and coming artists in Cape Town's city center. We gathered in support of a local soccer ministry called Future Stars and raised R2,500 via ticket sales for the organization. Future Stars plans to use the donation to host an Alpha Course for its 33 youth soccer players.
What would a Yebo Life and Republic Coffee Co. gathering be without flowing coffee and an equal amount of community and conversation?
David Chirwa, the founder of Future Stars, kicked off the morning by sharing his story and vision for the organization. David is originally from Malawi, and two years ago, he moved to Cape Town in search of work. To his surprise, however, God called him into full-time ministry and to trust Him for financial provision. Today, David works at a factory during the day and coaches two soccer teams, comprised of youth from Lavender Hill and Capricorn Park, in the evenings.
After David spoke, Republic's frontman, Julian Jordaan, took the crowd on the coffee bean's journey from plantation to cup. He also talked about the history of first, second, and third wave coffee. This guy is a seriously engaging speaker, and he really knows his coffee! All around, laughs and education were had.
We took a quick break and chowed some tasty cheese croquettes made by local chef, Jared Pearson. Then Neil Gouws, a member of the Republic team and legendary bicycle shirt-wearer, performed a live coffee roasting demonstration. This was such a treat!
Neil roasted light, medium, and dark beans. Julian and his beautiful wife Justine then used a band of French presses to brew each roast. The crowd got to sample all three roasts, and preferences certainly varied! (I'm glad Tony and I share the same taste in coffee.)
Thank you to everyone who attended this workshop! Your involvement is impacting the lives of youth in the Cape Flats, and for that, we're very thankful. If you'd like to learn more about our upcoming gatherings, please click here.
And if you're a coffee junkie living in Cape Town, we encourage you to check out Republic Coffee Co. online. You can sign up for a coffee subscription and receive really incredible coffee at your doorstep!
All of the photos in this blog were taken by Fanus Spammer.