Peace, Love, and Coffee

A diary of the wonderful and wacky goings on at Coffee to the People, an independent coffeehouse located at 1206 Masonic Avenue in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Game Night?

A couple of customers have suggested that we start hosting a game night at CTTP. This sounds like a great idea to us, but we're not sure how to handle the logistics. To begin with, what day of the week should the event be held? Friday and Saturday nights are generally booked, but we could do it any other night of the week. The next dilemma has to do with hours. Sunday through Thursday we close at 8 pm. This means that if we start at 6 pm (realistically the earliest time in the evening people can be expected to arrive after work) that only leaves two hours for games. Finally, there's the question of what games to play. Should we just open it up to whatever people want to do on any given night or should we plan to host particular games on particular nights?

So there you have it. We want to host a game night, but we don't know how. All suggestions on this matter are welcome.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Riot Folk Convergence Update

Plans for Saturday's big event are shaping up nicely. A few bands and features have been added since our last post. The schedule thus far is as follows:

2:00 - 5:00 Riot Folk (Set #1)
5:00 - 5:45 Games in the Panhandle
6:00 - 6:15 Justin Clifford Rhody
6:50 - 7:20 Bookends
7:20 - 7:50 This One's On Me
7:50 - 8:10 Lia Rose
8:10 - 9:30 Riot Folk (Set #2)
9:30 - 10:00 Lava Lava with Spoonboy & Amina from DC

Also expected at some point are David and the Bear and Keith Knight (creator of the K Chronicles). Additional information about Bookends and This One's on Me can be found at Fall of the West Records.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Cop Vandalizes Coffee to the People

If you've ever been to CTTP, you know that we have a large wall in the middle of the store covered with progressive bumperstickers. They say things like, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism," ""War doesn't show who's right, just who's left," and "Ignore your rights and they'll go away." In the interests of building community, we invite visitors to contribute their own stickers to the wall as well. Recent additions by the public include, "Paint the tv black" and "There are no terrorists. We are being manipulated with hate." All in all, we have been very pleased with the response to the wall. People generally seem to understand the sentiment involved and don't post hateful or inappropriate speech. That is, until this weekend.

The first thing we noticed was the sticker which read, "Junior SFPD officer." That's strange, we said. That's not in keeping with the spirit of the wall. That's not representative of the beliefs of our customers. Besides, who, other than a child, would have a sticker like that? We shrugged it off and took the sticker down.

The next day an SFPD officer came to our shop and sheepishly explained that he had written on our wall. We looked and there it was. On the "Support your local revolution" sticker, he had crossed out revolution and written in "police".

Needless to say, we were appalled. For months people have been warning us about leaving our bathrooms unlocked because of the danger of vandals and telling us we should have bars on our windows and doors at night because of graffiti, but in the end it turns out it's the cops, not the people who consititute the greatest threat in our neighborhood.

So, why'd the cop fess up? It turns out that he was bragging about his escapades to his fellow officers and someone had the good sense to see this could turn into a public relations nightmare. His senior officer visited the shop later and apologized for the incident. He even took pictures of the defaced wall and filed a formal report.

Fortunately, the sticker cleaned up pretty nicely and you can't really tell what happened unless you look at it up close. Still, we plan to be much more vigilant when the SFPD visits from now on.

Monday, November 07, 2005


Tomorrow is Election Day, and we encourage everyone to vote. If you happen to live around Coffee to the People, in our Political Action Center we have posted all the people running for office and their websites as well as a brief summary of all the propositions on the ballot (there are almost 20 altoghether).

Several of these propositions are very important: Prop 75 would restrict political use of union dues, Prop 76 would cut school spending and give the Governor increased power to make budget cuts, and Prop 77 would change the way our redistricting is done, which could in turn impact the make-up of our state legislature and our electors for Presidential elections. Prop 73 would require doctors to tell parents whenever a minor seeks an abortion. And these aren't the only major propositions. So even though people aren't running for President or even Congress, this is a very important election.

If you can't stop by the coffehouse, you can also obtain key information from the San Francisco Department of Elections and the Secretary of State Elections Division.


Thursday, November 03, 2005

Riot-Folk Convergence!

On Saturday, November 19th Coffee to the People will host the 2nd Riot-Folk Convergence in celebration of the first anniversary of the troupe's creation.

The event will run from 1 pm until 10 pm and will feature all eight Riot-Folk members: Kate Boverman, Ryan Harvey, Tom Frampton, Mark Gunnery, Evan Greer, Anna Roland, Ethan Miller, and Brenna Shatjian. This will be the first time the entire troupe has been together since April. Activities for the day will include music, political discussions, and an hour or so of games in the panhandle of Golden Gate Park.

In addition, Riot-Folk will be joined by four other excellent music groups: Lava Lava (from Bloomington, IN), Bookends (from Santa Cruz), This One's on Me (from SF), and David Jaberi (from SF).

Although attendance is technically free, we will be requesting a sliding scale donation of $3 to $10 to benefit groups in Buenos Aires, Argentina fighting against the FTAA. Anyone who makes a contribution will receive a 10% discount on food and beverages they purchase at CTTP during the event.