Monthly Archives: June 2010






Patina Green Home and Market had their Grand Opening this past Saturday, June 26.  Patina Green is located at 116 N. Tennessee in the historic downtown square of McKinney. 

It is owned and operated by a mother (Luann) and daughter (Kaci) team who both have Interior Design backgrounds.  The store is going to be a combination of home furnishings, antiques, and decor along with a market and cafe with fresh produce and local products.   Kaci’s husband, Robert, is the Chef and will be creating a continually changing menu based on the seasonal produce that is available. 

We are happy to be in McKinney and be apart of this unique store.  They will be selling and serving a variety of OCCR coffee. 

Check out these websites and articles for more information on who they are and what you can expect to find at Patina Green Home and Market:

* Patina Green Home and Market Blog

* Furnishings Store-Cafe Patina Green Home and Market Opens in McKinney

* Patina Green Home and Market coming to Downtown

* It’s Coming….. Patina Green’s Grand Opening

* Patina Finishes Blog



White Rock Market New Hours

We will be at White Rock Market this Saturday, June 26.  Since the weather is hot and only going to get hotter, the market organizers have decided to set new hours.  The market will begin at 8 am but only last until noon. The market is located at 702 N. Buckner in the parking lot of Green Spot and it is only food vendors tomorrow.

We will be serving and selling bags of freshly roasted coffee.  The samples will be brewed using both French Press and Chemex.  See you tomorrow!

Celebration Farmers Market

We will be serving and selling samples of fresh roasted coffee this Saturday, June 19, at Celebration Farmers Market.  The coffees for Saturday are Costa Rica Herbazu and El Salvador. 

The market runs from 8 am until noon, but get there early because last market we sold out!

Each week the vendors keep growing, check out Celebration’s website to see the full list of all the vendors that will be participating this weekend.

See you Saturday at Celebration.

Welcome Alice Rea!

Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters continues to grow…

Two weeks ago from today (June 1st) I was woken about an hour before my usual ‘Delivery Tuesday’ wake-up time.  When your 38-week pregnant (at the time) wife says, “You should probably go ahead do your deliveries now…” , you tend to arise quickly.  I jumped up and delivered my coffee route in record time (I was back home by 5:30), but when I returned, Jenni was resting and notified me that it was a false alarm.

False alarm perhaps… but I was on Red Alert the rest of the day, taking care of some final preparations and checking in periodically.  Then that night around 7, the ‘false alarm’ symptoms returned, and by 8:30 there was no question about the immediacy of things to come. After two phone calls, (Jenni to the midwife and me to my sister to stay with our sleeping son), we were racing to the birthing center while I tried to navigate neglected Dallas roads and the sounds of sharp contractions .

By 11:30 pm we were welcoming, to our surprise, a beautiful baby girl into our family (and she doesn’t know it yet, but into the family business!).   Between the quantity of labor hours (24 to 3) and the quality of service (O.B./Hospital to Midwife/Birth Center), this was a substantially easier (maybe that’s a bad term to use in describing child birth…  friendlier? better?  There is not an ideal word here, I think…) experience than we had with Jakob Blaise.  Although both experiences yielded beautiful end results!

Of course things have changed for us, too, since Blaise’s birth.  Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters doesn’t offer paternity leave, like my last job, so about 10 hours after Alice’s birth, I was back at the roastery working on that weeks orders.  But we had help from our families and I’ve taken some time since to enjoy Alice Rea.

Alice is named after two of our grandmothers, Alice Elaine and Delpha Rea.  Here are some photos of the first two weeks of Alice Rea’s life:

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Sergio Dias of Canaan Estate Coffee

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The harvest is beginning in Brazil, and it will continue over the next  3 or 4 months.  Which means we’ll look forward to more excellent coffee from our Direct Trade Brazillian farms in about 6 months or so.

Sergio Dias, the owner of Canaan Estate in Carmo de Minas, lives primarily in Seattle and works the importing side when he is in the United States.  He works with his farm, Canaan Estate, and Condado Estate, which is owned by Sergio’s brother-in-law Ibraim Chaib.  Right now, all of our Brazillian offerings are coming from these two farms because they are producing some really great coffees.

Sergio was on his way down to Brazil  for harvest and had a few hours worth of layover in Dallas, so I picked him from the airport and took him around a bit.  We went to the Crooked Tree Coffeehouse to try some of his coffee in a Dallas Coffee Shop, and after that we came back to the roastery to cup some samples that he had mailed me earlier in the week.

I took every advantage I could of these 3+ hours to prod him for information about his farm, his family, Ibraim’s farm, Brazilian coffee production, their workers and Brazil’s chances in the World Cup.

We, as roasters, promote Direct Trade and relationships with producers as being altruistic and all about the farmer, and getting them better prices for their coffee.  And it is largely about that because they deserve more for their coffee, but it goes beyond money.  I cherish opportunities to be around these guys.  To be able to glean from their knowledge of production, and simply to have a relationship with the people I buy from is invaluable to me.

In a world of  ecoli outbreaks and chemically produced versions of corn that we call supermaket food, I highly value connections with the people producing my food, whether it be the beef I buy from Gary and Lauren Nitschke or the dairy I buy from Full Quiver Farm or coffee that I’m buying for my customers from guys like Sergio and Ibraim.  I see my coffee business as an extension of that philosophy.

We really appreciated the chance to spend some time with Sergio.  And we hope that those of you who drink our Condado Estate coffee and our Hidden City (the base to this blend is Canaan Estate) appreciate learning a little bit about one of the fellas producing your coffee.

PS – It’s been a busy month and my family’s been growing.  I’ll post some photos of my new daughter, Alice Rea, next week…

White Rock Market – June 12

White Rock Local Market


We will be serving and selling fresh roasted coffee this Saturday at White Rock Local Market.  The market is located at 702 N. Buckner and will run from 8 am – 1 pm.

The bags will be $10 and we will have 4 different offerings. 

NEW!  Sumatra Gayo Fancy Blue Tawar (subscribers got to try this one last delivery) is grown 1450 – 1600 meters and is a clean cup with citrusy/dried apricot notes, milk chocolate, and has a very good earthiness. 

NEW! Honduras Marcala Organic is a crisp cup with lemon tea and toffee notes. It is organically certified.

Costa Rica Herbazu is an award-winning coffee with aroma of fresh-baked cookies.  It has notes of honey and citrus with a finishing touch of spice.

OC Decaf is a Mountain Water Process and we will only have a few bags for tomorrow.  If you need decaf come to the market early.

See you tomorrow at White Rock Market.

Celebration Farmers Market

Celebration Farmers Market is back for the 2010 Season! It is located in the parking lot of Celebration Restaurant & Market, 4503 W. Lovers Lane. The market will be every Saturday throughtout the summer from 8 am – noon. We will be there tomorrow, June 5, so come on out to get your fresh roasted coffee! Check out Celebration’s website for information on all the vendors that will be there. See you tomorrow.