Our Friday began with meetings as usual and we then traveled to the Whole Foods South Valley where we enjoyed a great visit with Jason in the Specialty department. Jason does the chalk art for the store, which is all hand-done. Rebecca and I have an affection for lettering and the craft of making signs I think, so it was especially nice to look around the store and see all the beautiful scripts, lettering, and images that Jason had created. I’ve included an example here that was by no means his most complex, but rather a fun one that will still executed on a vertical surface.
Art and design have been a key element of DOMA for a long time, and were certainly something that drew me to the company. It impressed me that the company was able to work with a variety of artists and still maintain a consistent and distinct identity.
But, I digress. We visited Whole Foods SugarHouse where we enjoyed a quick but helpful visit with Ben, and then traveled on to Liberty Heights Fresh, a former filling station transformed into an oasis of fresh produce, unique cheeses, an intimidating array of bitters and oils, and some unusual chocolates. Of course, you can find DOMA Coffee here, too, curated by Stacey and her friendly colleagues. Liberty Heights Fresh does a lot with a little in terms of its physical footprint but stands out for the amazing foods it sells and creates. They smoke their own turkey, roast their own beef, and bake their own bread. This added up to one of the best sandwiches I’d had in some time to say the least.
My apologies, I’m trying to minimize the food porn in this correspondence but had to include the sandwich Wendy made for me.
Really, I could have gone down a rabbit hole of raving last night after the meal at Copper Onion but did not want to damage my keyboard with drool when recounting the evening. That said, Scott and I returned to Copper Onion in the afternoon for a second training session with their stellar staff. We were impressed with the attention, thoughtful questions, and commitment to quality in every aspect of operations embodied by the crew of this fine establishment.
From here, friends, the paths of our gallant trio diverge. Rebecca and Scott pilot the Bismarck back to Post Falls tomorrow morning, and Mike caught a flight to Portland for a gathering of extended family at the Oregon Coast.
I hope that you have enjoyed this modest travelogue. It has been a pleasure to write to you and I intend to continue these updates when I can from the Post Falls headquarters. There are many exciting things happening in the world of coffee and within the glorious fabric of the American West. Thank you for reading and for your support of DOMA Coffee.
-Your humble narrator