Black Lives Matter. Here’s How We Will Affirm This Truth

Image via Tony Webster,
An activist holds a “Black Lives Matter” signs outside the Minneapolis Police Fourth Precinct building following the officer-involved shooting of Jamar Clark on November 15, 2015. Photo: Tony Webster

While our nation is continued to reel from the Covid19 virus, on May 25th, we saw another loss: a Minneapolis police officer was killed an unarmed, non-resisting black man named George Floyd on camera during an arrest.

The video and story soon went viral. People worldwide grieved. They shared their anger and demanded racial justice in the weeks that followed, in Minneapolis, and in cities around the world. It’s right that they should. George Floyd’s murder is one of a long line of murders of black Americans at the hands of police, and these murders must END.

Like many of you, when I read about Mr. Floyd, added too many other similar stories, something broke within me. I had voted for candidates who supported peace, shared my thoughts with local leaders, and lived my personal life in a way to promote equality and respect for all I meet, but that is simply not enough. Not by far, and as of May 25th, I am DONE waiting patiently for small, incremental change. I am done making small change. I know many of you are, too.

We at Sunflower Espresso are re-doubling our commitment to racial equality: in hiring, serving, through donations, and through the service providers we use. We’re actively looking for causes that support and uplift our black community. (Contact us if you have an opportunity to share.) I’ve taken a few weeks to listen more to protestors, local black leaders, and to research intentional ways to make our business a welcoming enterprise for everyone. This is more than hashtag activism; it’s a long and worthwhile journey.

In my personal life, I am finding ways to listen to black stories, to support causes that improve racial equality, and to work toward being anti-racist, not non-racist.

I welcome your ideas and input when it comes to accomplishing these aims. Black Lives Matter.


Local makeover: Best Fringe Forever

One of the best things about being a local small business is getting to know other small business owners. There’s no END to the creativity Wichita’s business owners bring to the table.

Case in point: the owners of Wichita’s rad mobile photo booth Lamphouse Photo Company have started another business renting out some of their killer d├ęcor: Best Fringe Forever. We saw them asking for locations to display their fabulous fringe recently and volunteered the coffee bus!

Conan and Katherine came through with a beautiful fringe to decorate Telulah bus. We had a complete makeover, and absolutely no damage to the bus’ paint job.

Please enjoy these fun photos we took at the last Food Trucks at the Fountain rally, and consider using Best Fringe Forever to dress up your next party.

Adventures with Third Place Brewing

Happy St. Patrick’s day! Sunflower Espresso and friends have some fun things for you to check out.

Through this weekend, Third Place Brewing is slinging up some Irish Coffees using PT’s Coffee Roasting Co.’s own Flying Monkey espresso blend (supplied by yours truly). This drink is a delicious blend of coffee, Jameson Irish whisky, brown sugar, and heavy whipping cream that’s been slightly whipped. We even tested it out for ourselves!

On Saturday, check out the Delano St. Patrick’s day parade and stop in to say “hi”! We’ll be parked on Sycamore, north of the Delano Clock Tower and south of the Advanced Learning Library from 10 am to 2 pm. We hope to see you there!

Meet Our Partners: Nudge Compost

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Did you know that every year the average American family throws away around 500 pounds of food scraps that could be composted? Now imagine all the coffee and espresso grounds a coffee bus can produce!

That’s why we at Sunflower Espresso have partnered up with Nudge Compost. Their business model is simple. They provide us with several buckets (with liners and lids) where we put our food scraps and other compostable materials, and then they come by once a week to pick up and drop off clean buckets. That waste then gets turned into compost. The compost then goes back to costumers or gets donated to community gardens and schools.

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Nudge Compost hopes to help strengthen the long-term soil health of our city, increase food security through better efficiency within the food system, and to ultimately decrease food waste. Their environmental awareness and desire to provide a service that improves our community makes them terrific business partners!

If you’re also interested in partnering up with Nudge Compost, check out their website, and sign-up! They work with both commercial businesses AND private residences.