The past few months have been brimming with new openings and exciting coffee projects, and this week comes stacked with some interesting updates, invitations, and fresh-brewed freebies to ward off this cold snap.
This past week, the health department shut down Proyecto Diaz, the new homegrown passion project from Fernando Diaz that's been popping up and brewing coffee along 24th street. The project lacked mobile cart permits, and will no longer be a curbside brewing operation, but will instead turn inward to concentrate on roasting and selling wholesale.
Diaz doesn't see the shut down as a loss, but rather just a catalyst to a shift that was happening anyway. Proyecto Diaz coffee beans can still be purchased at Alley Cat Books, Modern Times Bookstore, and Adobe Books. As we reported a few weeks ago, Diaz buys coffee from his grandfather's farm in Chiapas, nurturing long term goals of setting up a rehab center there.
Oakland's favorite vegan café Timeless Coffee is celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday by giving away free coffee all day, and hosting a build-a-treat contest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The café also recently started roasting its own coffee, and if there's a good a time as any to get your hands on some, it's now.
Upcoming café Andytown in the Outer Sunset finally got permission to close its walls and continue construction after an epically long wait, which means we can look forward to an opening sometime after the new year. There are whispers of a Kickstarter campaign, on which we will have more details next week.
Lastly, the holiday season is a time of giving, and Equator Coffee and Teas is inviting other cafés to join it in donating all proceeds on December 20th to local food banks and Meals on Wheels. This year marks the first in what the company anticipates will become a yearly ritual. To support the effort, visit Equator's Proof Lab location at Tam Junction or at their new pop-up and soon-to-be flagship café in downtown Mill Valley.