Coffee People Zine Issue 04

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"Coffee People are creative. We are artists, musicians, poets, writers, and so much more. This zine is a platform for coffee people to share their creative endeavors, some of which involve coffee and some that don't." - Kat Melheim, founder of Coffee People Zine.

Coffee People is a quintessential addition to any coffee person's zine library, or any cafe's selection of reads. A collection of art, writing, coffee stuff, and non-coffee stuff, curated with care by roaster and barista Kat Melheim of Denver, CO. More on the project from Kat:

"Hi, I'm Kat.

I'm a roaster and barista in Denver, Colorado. My background is in Social Work and Spanish, but I fell in love with coffee when I took my first coffee job in 2013. Since then I've been getting deeper and deeper in the coffee world and the community surrounding it. There is so much to depth, from social and environmental justice to scientific discovery and creation to networking and relationship building to continuing education and developing skills.

... I have noticed that the people who work in coffee usually have other creative projects on the side. It was at an art show for a coffee person and artist I admire very much (Breezy Sanchez) that I first had the idea for Coffee People. I went to see Breezy's show opening at Port Side in September of 2017 and just thought, "everyone should see this." I then realized that there were many other coffee people in Denver who might be having art openings, band gigs, book releases, movie screenings, or other creative things that I had no idea about.

And I thought that was a shame! I wanted to support my fellow baristas and roasters and coffee professionals in their other works. But where was I to find all their work in one place? I created Coffee People to connect the creatives in coffee and coffee-adjacent fields with one another for the purpose of mutual support and enrichment.

Probably slow going at first, I hope it eventually fulfills this goal. But I'll need your help to do it! If you have art/poetry/articles/etc submissions for the zine, you can email me personally at kat [!at]"


Coffee People Zine is priced on a sliding scale. Everything on my webshop is priced on a sliding scale. Just choose the price that is comfortable for you. My goal is to make each item as accessible as possible, to folks from all different parts of the coffee industry. It works because the community truly observes the honor system: those who are able to pay more make it possible for others with less resources to pay less.

Every order is hand-packed with care by me, Umeko, in my bedroom in West Oakland. I usually spend Mondays and Tuesdays packing orders, and ship out on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Umeshiso a one-person operation with a lot of projects, so at times I may not be able ship orders the exact day planned. If you have any questions at all about shipping times, please don't hesitate to reach out! Please email me at umeko [!at]

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