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GRAND OPENING! p:ear barista school coffee window opens for business, 9/16

Pear - Creatively Mentoring Homeless Youth

Supporting the local community will be a walk in the park this fall when Nossa Familia Coffee and p:ear partner to open a new p:ear barista school coffee window, with its grand opening on National PARK(ing) Day, September 16. At the retail window, graduates of the p:ear barista school, part of p:ear’s Job Training Program, will be able to hone their new barista skills while working in a retail environment. To celebrate their partnership, Nossa Familia and p:ear will host several events this fall, including a grand opening celebration on National PARK(ing) Day, the annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. The space in front of the p:ear coffee window will host a temporary 8-foot-by-20-foot parklet, designed by the local architecture firm SERA Architects. Join the p:ear Barista School to play, relax, and drink coffee for a good cause in downtown Portland’s newest temporary park during the grand opening celebration, 8am to 1pm on National PARK(ing) Day.

The p:ear barista school is a 3-year partnership with Nossa Familia Coffee and p:ear Works, the job training program which creatively builds avenues for homeless youth by providing meaningful job training and employment opportunities for personal and professional growth. The 8-week barista school, run by Nossa Familia Coffee, teaches the craft of espresso making, from milk textures to coffee sourcing and roasting theory, from customer service to money management and marketing. Every student that graduates the barista certification course has the opportunity to interview for a position at the retail window, where they can gain on-the-job experience to build their resumes and become more comfortable in that environment. Watch a video on the Nossa Familia p:ear partnership and its impact on Portland’s homeless youth.

p:ear Barista School retail window hours:


8 a.m. to 1 p.m.