While researching for interesting events and meetups for the Startup Digest, I stumbled upon the Indie Coffee Passport club, which is independently organized and the brainchild of Vanessa and Calin. Out of pure curiousity and wanting to visit my 10th stop on the Indie Coffee Passport (besides needing some more caffeine), I decided to check it out. If anything, I figure I’d meet some interesting people and over a common passion – coffee.
About the Indie Coffee Passport Club
Today’s meetup was at R2 Cafe, which was formerly known as Quaff Cafe last year before changing ownership. From the meetup, met Vanessa and Calin, Andrew and Ariel. The level of passion and knowledge of coffee (nerdiness) was of varying degrees.
They hold a meetup at a pre-determined location and time every Sunday on the Passport. The meetup was very informal and just a gathering of people discussing coffee and anything that came across their minds.
Out of our many conversations, we talked about Vanessa and Calin’s trip to North Korea and the state of the country, OccupyTO, our favourite coffee shops, our preference to dead-tree books compared to e-readers, my geeky passion on data visualization and personal data via Daytum.com and many others threads of conversation to give you a quick overview over what this meetup group is all about.
I’ll make the effort to drop by to these meetups more often.
Here’s a pic of the attendees of the Indie Coffee Passport Club – left to right are: Calin, Vanessa, Ariel and Andrew.
On another note, I realized that the barista behind the bar was Matt Sonberg who was a wildcard from the Canadian Central Region Barista championships and a student of Sameer Mohammed of Fahrenheit Coffee. He was a delight to get to know and dropping stupid knowledge about coffee.