February 27, 2009
Old Soul, Oh My

We get a lot of company-wide e-mails. Most of them are about important but not necessarily interesting things like fire drills, training seminars, and employee milestones.

But I couldn't believe my eyes when I logged on this morning and spotted an e-mail from Human Resources titled "Old Soul Baking Company Comes To The Bee."

For years, food service companies have tried and failed to make a go of the cafeteria on the third floor, where many employees will grab a coffee and a pastry to crank up their day. Rarely is the coffee better than decent -- 5 out of 10. To me, coffee is either very good or it's bad. There are too many choices these days to settle for bad coffee.

For years, I would go for a walk to get my coffee, mostly at Peet's Coffee & Tea on 19th Street near S Street, where the quality is mostly 8 out of 10.

As a coffee lover, I am thrilled to hear about Old Soul's arrival. The company roasts its own beans, has very high standards for quality and has employees who take pride in making good java, whether that means a robust pot of drip coffee, a nicely executed espresso or a well poured cappuccino.

Old Soul also seems to have excellent taste. The warehouse-style shop and roasting house in the alley near L and 18th streets is something of a trendsetter in Sacramento. We need more places like that. Old Soul recently took possession of Weatherstone on 21st Street near H (it's now called Old Soul at The Weatherstone), where I recently had a very nice lunch. As I write this, I'm actually sipping on a coffee made from beans I bought at Old Soul - Papua New Guinea "Kimel Peaberry," it says on the label. Excellent, 9.5 out of 10.

Perhaps the Old Soul stylists can even transform our drab cafeteria into something aesthetically pleasing and inspiring. Hip, would also be nice, but I'm not going to push it.

I'm already fantasizing about walking down the hall from my desk and getting a great espresso. Old Soul arrives at The Bee on March 2. This is the greatest company-wide e-mail I've ever read..

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