This newsletter is best enjoyed while sipping your favorite coffee or tea.
Celebrating 10 Years in Santa Clara! 2012-2022
Cosmic Coffee is celebrating 10 years as a roastery in Santa Clara! We can’t emphatically say how much it means to us when you choose to purchase your coffee and tea from us. We are deeply grateful for all the amazing people we have met and the friendships that have developed over the years, it fills us with tremendous joy: Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Carlos, Jolynn, Steph and Laurie
Hey, that’s my coffee!
Quasar: A star like celestial body with a power output greater than our entire galaxy (according to dictionary.com). That’s exactly how I feel when I drink an espresso made with the Quasar. This is our house coffee blend of certified organic, certified bird friendly shade grown fair trade and direct trade, natural and wash process coffees. As an espresso you’ll be rewarded with lots of frothy crema and a bit of marmalade citrus. It’s excellent for Americanos and any drink with milk (dairy or nondairy). I particularly like it as a dry cappuccino with oat milk. Super versatile and can be used with all brew methods. It has flavors of orange marmalade, caramel and s’mores.
My cup of tea
Rather than spotlighting a single tea in this newsletter I’m going to let you know all the teas and tisanes we have available as we’ve added several new varieties. All are whole, loose-leaf teas and tisanes. Happy tea drinking!
Pu’erh: Organic fermented aged dark tea aromas of mushrooms, petrichor, saddle leather. Golden Monkey: Traditional organic black tea aromas of apricots and yellow peaches. Sencha Japanese Green: sugar snap peas, steamed rice, butter lettuce and freshly mown hay on a warm summer morning. Mad Hatter Yerba Maté: organic tisane with yerba mate, ginger and rosemary. Voodoo Woman Yerba Maté: organic yerba mate, lemongrass, Holy Basil (Tulsi) trinity and ginger. Somnambulist: organic herbal tisane of chamomile, spearmint, peppermint and mugwort. Long After Midnite: organic herbal tisane of chamomile, lemon balm and calendula. Soaring Spirit: organic herbal tisane of spearmint, nettle, lemon balm, hawthorn and rosemary.
At the Farmers Market
We’d like to introduce you to CePatli! In the Nahuatle language their name means ce (one) patli (medicine) and their motto is “Food as our first medicine”. Owners Angelica and Sergio make organic non-gmo traditional heirloom corn tamales and tortillas with cornmeal that they stone grind themselves. They don’t just use white and yellow corn; Angelica and Sergio also use red, blue and purple for some stunning tortillas. They offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian tamales too. The Anasazi bean with chili rojo is a favorite of mine. Stop by their stall early because they always sell out. You can find them on Saturday at the Willow Glen Farmers Market (Willow Glen Elementary School on Lincoln and Minnesota) and on Sundays at the Downtown Campbell Farmers Market. Both markets are from 9am to 1pm. Check them out on Instagram cepatli1
In the Art Room
I think I was all of about 12 when I announced to my mom that I was going to get a tattoo. That declaration was not well received.
I think tattooing is a fascinating art form and I never get tired of watching tattoo artists perform their magic. Even if tattoos are not your thing there’s no denying tattooing has an incredibly rich history full of tradition. Which brings me to the Tattoo Heritage Project. This grassroots nonprofit was founded by Good Time Charlie Cartwright to educate and preserve American Tattoo History by raising money to build a museum and film documentaries about the history and art of American tattooing. If you want some more info or want to donate to the cause: tattoo heritage project or on Instagram tattoo_heritage_project.
Marc Lescarbeau of Needlejig interviewed Charlie about his early years tattooing in the back of his car and the Heritage Project. Check it out! The Heritage Project is also looking for grant writers. If you’re a grant writer and want to help out email them: TattooHeritageProject@gmail.com.
Ready to get some ink? State of Grace is in San Jose’s Japantown and open by appointment only. Vampire Battle Mansion is a new shop in Santa Clara. Both shops have several artists who can help you get the tattoo (tattoos ??) you’ve been dreaming of.
On the radio
OK so who doesn’t listen to podcasts? Anybody? One of my favorites is produced in Oakland: Snap Judgement with host Glynn Washington. He is a master storyteller for sure. I think I’ve listened to just about every episode of Spooked; true stories of things supernatural that will seriously give you the heebie geebies. In Full Heart Free Voice Emma and Caitlin read and discuss books that inspire you to live with a full heart and a free voice one chapter at a time. San Hauntse is all about haunted San Jose. What are some of your favorites?
Carlos and I are also celebrating 27 years together this year! We have continued to work together since the day we met on the set of a low budget feature film starring Frank Stallone and Richard Lynch (seriously). I figured if he was still interested after seeing me all raggedy after twelve hours in the hot sun and dust of the dirt bike track where we were filming, he was a pretty cool guy. He was and still is. So, in the words of David Bowie “I’ll stick with you baby for a thousand years.”
Until next time, Jolynn