Madcats Coffee and the "Madcats" brand is an amorphous title used for a variety of projects done with close friends.
This specific manifestation focused on creating a pop-up coffee shop with the explicit goal of recapturing the rancous early origins of coffee shops. The invitation is quoted below.
Collaborators: Jason Burkholder, Luke Tubergen, Rachel Rogers, Payton Odom, Tyler Prieb, Patrick Briaud,
I would like to share a vision with you.
500 years ago the great cities of our world were changed by a new social institution -- the coffeehouse. Starting in Constantinople, Cairo, and Mecca and moving to Oxford, London, and Paris, the coffeehouse brought societal change and was loved and hated by many.
To give you a flavor of how coffee was received, read the words of Sheik Abd-al-Kadir in 1587:
"Coffee is the drink of friends of God, and of His servants who seek wisdom... No one can understand the truth until he drinks of its frothy goodness. Those who condemn coffee as causing harm are fools in the eyes of God. Coffee is the common man's gold..."
You might be surprised coffee earned such high praise. It wasn't just the drink itself, but the establishments serving the drink. For many, they were a new type of meeting place.
The author Nina Lettinger:
"Crowded with people from all walks of life discussing politics and culture matters, coffeehouses became centers for urban social life -- the drink itself fueling political discussion and often, social upheaval."
From these glorious beginnings, coffee has devolved into little more than fuel for the anxiety driven work day.
I would like to propose we reclaim coffee and put it back in its rightful place as the catalyst for new social change.
We live in an extraordinary time lacking imagination and hope for the future. We need institutions offering space to think, dream, and serendipitously interact with our communities.
"It was in the Boston coffeehouse in 1773 that American dissidents planned the Boston Tea Party. And it was in a New York coffeehouse at the dawn of the American Revolution that citizens convened a mass meeting in response to the battles of Lexington and Concord."
I invite you to a humble iteration towards the vision. The Madcats pop-up coffee shop.