christopher myers
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To Go Tea Service

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alain de Assis Rosa Apr 28, 2012. 4 Replies

Anyone know a good way of doing a quality tea service to go?  What we want is to steep the tea in-house and separate the tea leaves after infusion, but still give the leaves to the customer to…Continue

An Experiment in Worker-Ownership

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neal Apr 11, 2012. 5 Replies

Well, it's been about a year since I started a discussion here about opening a specialty cafe using the worker-owned cooperative model.  It was an interesting discussion, but in the end I had to stop…Continue

Alchemy Collective Cafe

Started Aug 5, 2011 0 Replies

   Alchemy Collective is the first worker owned specialty cafe, like, anywhere, as far as I can tell.  When I had the idea, I recruited two creative, passionate baristas, and together we planned,…Continue

Tags: worker-owned, collective, verve, pourover, cooperative

Custom siphon pot-needs a little help

Started this discussion. Last reply by christopher myers Jul 14, 2011. 2 Replies

 Hey friends, so our inner mad scientists got the better of us, and we decided to design our own vac pot and have it fabricated by a local lab glass shop.  The purpose for the redesign was to make…Continue

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Profile Information

What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, manager, coffee shop owner, coffee enthusiast, entrepreneur
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Oakland, USA
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
My espresso attack is unstoppable.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
I'll go anywhere if it's cheap and has good food.
About Me:
I like a book with my coffee, I like a whiskey rocks with my friends. I'm a fabricator of things.
About My Company:
3 of us founded Alchemy Collective Cafe, incorporating as a worker-owned cooperative. We Started off at a farmer's market table, then built a mobile espresso cart, then moved into a closet-sized micro cafe, and we've now opened our full-sized cafe on the Oakland/Berkeley border 3 great years after inception.

There are 9 of us worker-owners now. We built out the cafe together, we split up back-end tasks so we have no managers, and no employees, no bosses. We make decisions democratically and split profits by hours worked and weighted by seniority.

We serve Verve coffee for now, but we've started working with a roaster friend to develop our own roasts. So look out for Alchemy Collective Roaster within the next couple years.

Cooperatize everything!
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
Mostly all the money and fame.

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At 9:53pm on April 29, 2012, Java Gem Coffee Drive Thru said…

Hey guys congrats on everything you have done. I have 2 cafe's/coffee shops under my belt and I am now doing coffee cart/kiosks..i am looking to build a nice one as you guys have done. you guys have any detailed plans or better videos you have done? I remember reading some where that if you would have done anything different you would have used different wheels, any thing elsE?

thanks for any help


At 3:48pm on August 10, 2011, Hava Java said…

Mr. Myers,


Thanks for your response.  I am very interested in hearing your thoughts about a Co-op type of model.


I appreciate uyou taking the time to enlighten us!

At 7:50am on February 21, 2011, Levi Andersen said…
Saw you posted some info about Square on you iPad. Hoping you could give me some advice in that area. Did you ever find a better solution?
At 8:05am on January 27, 2011, Benza Lance said…
Hey dude, just a heads up, Temple Coffee's roas guru, Ed, will be at Modern tomorrow at 12:30 to do a cuppin. Swing on by. 
At 9:31am on April 20, 2010, Christina Chi said…
I am really interested in the co-op idea. Is there any way I could get more information about how the co-op would work and would you be interested in meeting sometime this week?

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