I have a warming and inspiring post for you today fellow readers; with a dash of jolly good fun thrown in.
The Roasterie Downtown Factory Location.
It's a bird!...No, no it's definitely a plane.
Early this morning my dear Mom and I woke up to brave the current "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon," whatever you may call it, to head to downtown Kansas City for a special breakfast and presentation at the main headquarters, fondly named "The Bean Hangar," of a celebrated local Coffee House, The Roasterie to support my Mom's dear friend's Foundation FIRE-The Foundation for Inclusive Religious Education.
After grabbing some OJ and a beyond delicious blueberry scone (the Britishness is rubbing off on me already..), we were seated at our table, mingling with other guests and patrons until it was time for the presentation to commence.
Special Blend coffee for FIRE.
FIRE was founded in 1996 by a group of parents (my Mom's friend being one of them)that aspired for their children with special needs to attend their parish schools with siblings and friends.
My Mom's dear friend (far left) alongside her Mother and Sister.
Growing up in the Catholic Community it is very sobering to know that most Catholic Schools do not have the proper funds to host special needs students-needing to provide Special Education teachers, Para educators, materials and equipment, that would enable schools to educate children with special needs alongside their peers.
This is where FIRE comes in. Over that past twelve years, through dedication and with support of family, friends and the community, thousands of dollars have been raised enabling financial grants to be given to qualifying schools in the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
It is truly remarkable how each advocate for the Foundation speaks with such light and love about children, some their own children, being able to be included in receiving a Catholic Education-to grow in love and faith with the rest of the community. But what is truly lovely is how these children impact the community in return. The way they are able to approach life with such joy and light, radiates throughout the community.
It was sincerely enlightening and beautiful to behold the love and passion that each speaker and parent carries for their loved ones. It made me realize that we should all approach life like the parents and children that make up FIRE- with a fire and excitement for life ourselves.
After the presentations had been given, guests had the opportunity to take a tour of The Roasterie's Coffee Hangar and learn about the art of making a savory cup of joe. Being the coffee enthusiasts that we are, mother and I decided to give it a go.
Ready to go!
We started in the part of the factory where our guide or "Cupper" (the official name of one who is in charge of tasting coffee, sounds like a job I'd be sufficient at), gave us a presentation and demonstration of the components to deciding if a coffee is acceptable for consumers- it involved a decent amount of sniffing, slurping and sniffing again to make sure it is perfection (of you require a better explanation here is a link).
Fall/Winter 2014 Trend Alert.
We then had the pleasure of popping on my favorite fashion accessory- hair nets (you see we can't have any stray hairs flying into a coffee grinder that would be "tout simplement horrible!" You must read that phrase with your best french accent or it will lose its luster)before heading into the main hangar.
Rows upon rows of coffee beans.
It smelled like I had just jumped into a cup of coffee, the aroma was intoxicating. We were introduced to the four machines (my favorite being named "Behemoth.") that are responsible for roasting the beans using a rare method called "air roasting" which heightens the flavor of the bean, before packing the coffee into the companies signature packaging.
Roasterie has three coffee houses throughout the Kansas City area, but if you are unable to make it over to snatch up an in-house cup, you can pick up a batch of Roasterie at a local grocer near you!
Finishing up, Mother dearest and I wrapped back up in our winter warmest and made the trek back to the car (outside had been turned into a winter wonderland!). Hopping in to warm up, and head home..but not before dear Denise promptly turned on the windshield wipers and buried me in a heap of snow- talk about a wake up call! Burr.
Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland...more like February Freeze.
Good Morning to you! (Disclaimer: this shot is posed).
I hope those of you reading from KC are enjoying your few days off and to all my other readers I hope you are enjoying your day-wherever you may be!