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August Events

Thursday, August 6th: Live Music – Terry, Randy and the guys play jazz! Show begins at 8pm.

Friday, August 7th:  Art Reception – Artist of the Month, Clam Lynch.
Clam is a professional and lifelong artist with a wide range of skills and experience including performance artist, comedian, the development of children's programming for Nickelodeon, authoring of children's books, Production designer for film and t.v. as well as theater and large art installation's . He also teaches art to children in his free time.

After working on the creation of a television show based on a character developed from several successful theater runs, he is now focusing on his artwork and paintings and the creation of the companies Clamatees and 63 Bluxome Street Gallery with his two brothers, Mike and Tom Lynch.  Reception at 7pm.

Saturday, August 8th: Open mic comedy night hosted by Liz Grant (www.lizgrant.com). Discover new and veteran comics in SF's hopping comedy scene as they try new material at the only open mic in the city on Saturdays. Newbies warmly welcomed! 7:30pm. 

Saturday, August 15th: Live Music – The Kenny Kearney Quartet. The KKQ is a band of local masters with a long and intertwined history. This incarnation is a rekindling of those musical relationships in a new context. John Ingle on Alto and Soprano Saxes is equally at home with modern classical or jazz as well as the Classics of the "Great American Songbook". Jan Jackson is one of the most in demand drummers in town. He's played w/ everyone, most notably Wil Bernard and Beth Custer's various projects. Peter Tilttlebach on bass is a unique composer whose music seems to fuse the ideas of Zappa and Monk with his own off kilter sense of humor. Kenny Kearney on guitar brings a wide range of influences from genuine 70's fusion to straight ahead jazz, as well as Classical and Flamenco guitar styles. Show at 8pm.

Tuesday, August 18th:  Storytelling hosted by Susan Ford. An evening of storytelling, poetry, spoken word, music and song featuring Bill Alvarado, Margaret Cooley, Keith Cooley, Sherrie Dobrott, Kate Frankel, Linda Ayres- Frederick, Tinker Green, Debi Ham, Lee Jenkins, Amy Kilgard, Leigh Radtke, Carl Macki, Daniel McKenzie, Ron Jones and Susan Ford along with Special Guests. Open Mic to follow. Come join us and bring a story, poem or song. 7pm.

Wednesday, August 19th: Live Music – The Lee Vilensky Trio. A Bay Area band of well travelled sidemen, The Lee Vilensky Trio, join together to create their own curious blend of instrumentals merging surf/soul with tasty bits of Freddy King and Bob Wills. Former members of Pearl Harbor And The Explosions, James Cotton, Steve Miller, The Dils, The George Porter All Stars, Joe Louis Walker & The Billy Nayer Show, just to name a few, the trio, when left to their own devices present an eclectic melange of original and cover songs that could be the soundtrack to a spy surf movie from the 60'S. Show at 8pm.

 Friday, August 21st: Live Music - "Mostly Monk" The Adrian Gormley Ensemble will be performing tunes mostly by the genius of modern music Thelonius Monk.  Adrian has performed in many venues around the San Francisco area since the mid 90's, playing bebop and straight ahead jazz.  Lately he has developed a keen interest in the tunes of Monk with their beguiling syncopations and not so ordinary cadences.  Monk songs are FUN for neophytes and veteran jazz lovers alike. Show at 8pm.

 Saturday, August 22nd: Open mic comedy night hosted by Liz Grant (www.lizgrant.com). Discover new and veteran comics in SF's hopping comedy scene as they try new material at the only open mic in the city on Saturdays. Newbies warmly welcomed! 7:30pm. 

 Saturday, August 29th: Live Music - "Milo Grey".  In keeping with our tradition of showcasing young musicians, this is a band of local high school students performing their original tunes.  Exciting new music! Show at 8pm.

In one world, Milo Grey is a simple man. He wanders the country lanes with a wooden pipe and an old suitcase, and he sleeps beside the road when he's in between towns. In that world, he is an admirable man, someone who has truly discovered himself. He feels at home among the fields and trees of the countryside, among the winding roads and wooden fences. In another world, the one you and I are familiar with, he has inspired several young men to play music together. These young men have named their band after him, and by incorporating their myriad musical influences, their proficiency with instruments atypical to rock and roll, and Mr. Grey's inspiration, they create energetic and compelling music. Show at 8pm.

Monday, August 31st: Live music - the world premiere of the "Danger Babes". Be one of the first to hear this excellent duo of San Francisco natives, Carla Selvin and Zoe Rose Palladino.  Guitar and ukulele tunes by these best friends and co-songwriters. Show at 8pm.

Artist  and Window Box Display of the Month

Clam Lynch

Clam is a professional and lifelong artist with a wide range of skills and experience including performance artist, comedian, the development of children's programming for Nickelodeon, authoring of children's books, Production designer for film and TV as well as theater and large art installation's . He also teaches art to children in his free time.

After working on the creation of a television show based on a character developed from several successful theater runs, he is now focusing on his artwork and paintings and the creation of the companies Clamatees and 63 Bluxome Street Gallery with his two brothers, Mike and Tom Lynch. See more info at www.clamatees.com .

News

Farley's Listed in Google's “Favorite Places of Local Experts”

Farley's was chosen as one of the "favorite places" on Google's new "Favorite places of local experts." Stanlee Gatti, event design artist picked Farley's as one of his favorite places.  He says, "A coffeehouse where you can actually sit-down and drink espresso out of porcelain." Gatti is referred to as; a "resident creative genius, he is among the first Americans to practice event design as a visual art."  Go to: Google.com/favoriteplaces to check it out.  Thanks, Stanlee!

Manager's Corner

Unfortunately I don't live on beautiful and sunny Potrero Hill.  I hang my hat out at Ocean Beach. Lately I've been waking up to cold and foggy mornings. August is here.

July was great. The entire city was illuminated with long days of sunshine including many occasions in which I actually left the house sweater free. July also brought us a great staff art opening party, our annual fireworks extravaganza and the official grand opening of Farley's East in uptown Oakland. Did you get a chance to go by there yet?

New cup. New brew. New counter. I mentioned in last month's newsletter that some changes were coming up and now they've been implemented. We have a new and redesigned cup but don't fret, even though it seems shorter than the old one, its still 12 ounces. As for the counter, its been great fun for me to watch confused customers trying to figure out at first glance what has changed and then where they order. I'm sure I'll tire of seeing it about the same time everyone finally remembers where the order line now starts.

As if this wasn't enough, we have also updated our house coffee to a new and smooth flavored blend featuring Organic Mexican Dark Roast! We've been playing around with blends over the last several months, squeezing in a cupping or two and finally, with the help of our custom roaster, we think we've found the correct balance and harmony we were looking for. In addition to this improved Jack's blend, we are happy to be supporting small growers in Mexico that are producing excellent organic coffee. So come on by and try the new Jack's, but don't say you don't like it cause you've already been drinking it for the last two weeks.

Finally, August is full of events. We got jazz, surf, comedy, art and some youngsters with a rock band. Lots of first timers and old timers this month, a little something for everyone. See ya in September.  

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Special News

Farley’s and Sunrise Coffee Introduce New Exclusive Espresso Blend: Potrero Nuevo!

Michael Coreas

Milton Coreas of Sunrise Coffee

Farley’s is proud to introduce a new proprietary blend of espresso that is hand roasted by Milton Coreas, owner of Sunrise Coffee in San Leandro. This new partnership allows Farley’s to control the taste and aroma of its espresso-based beverages.

Coreas began involvement in the coffee trade in El Salvador where as a young man, he picked coffee and worked in coffee mills. Coreas now owns a small 100 acre plantation in his home land that is growing organic and fair trade coffee. In the future, Coreas plans to build his own coffee mill to preserve the integrity of his estate grown coffees. In Coreas’ early days in the United States, he apprenticed with an East Bay roaster that was an outgrowth of one of the largest green bean importers on the West Coast.

Sunrise Coffee roasts in a vintage Probat roaster that is referred to as the Stradivarius of roasters. Coreas slow roasts small batches, only 30 to 100 pounds at a time. Thus he retains complete control over the quality avoiding sacrifices which would be made using an automated machine producing larger batches. It’s the small batch size and the operator that truly produce the blend Farley’s was looking for in a new espresso blend. Farley’s new proprietary blend is derived from two Central American and one South American bean. All beans are from small plantations and are shade grown “Pacas” coffee, thus making a more consistent blend. A small boutique batch is roasted each week exclusively for Farley’s. For more information about Farley’s new espresso blend or other beans, email us at info@farleyscoffee.com

News and Reviews of Farley's

AOL Cityguide - Farley's is "City's Best" Coffeehouse

Thanks to all those who voted and recognized Farley's as the top coffeehouse in SF in the recent AOL Cityguide poll! Thanks for your continued support and patronage that helps make Farley's, Farley's.

Washington Post

The Washington Post has an article titled "San Francisco Two Ways – You can do it as a tourist, or you can do it like a local." Under the coffee section: tourist = Starbucks and locals = Farley’s & Café Trieste. Read the Washington Post article (registration required)

Tribe.net

Farley's has recently been added to Tribe.net and already has 4-1/2 stars, thanks to our loyal customers, check it out.

San Francisco Bay Guardian

Thanks to all of you, Farley’s received recognition in the SF Bay Guardian “Best of the Bay 2004” issue as the Best Independent Coffeehouse. www.bestofthebay.com/2004/readers.html

“We don't yet have a Starbucks or Tully's on every corner, but even if that dread day does finally arrive, you'll still be finding quite a few of our readers at Farley's, on the north face of Potrero Hill, sipping and reading and murmuring in a boho setting that for many of us is what San Francisco has always been and will always be about.”

Listen to Farley’s customer, Steven Moss, on “Marketplace.” The National Public Radio (NPR) program discusses small businesses and mentions Farley’s. Visit NPR's web site and scroll down to "Cut the Red Tape, Please..." 
http://marketplace.publicradio.org/shows/2004/06/28_mpp.html 

 

magazine coverFarley’s recently was recognized as the “Best Coffeehouse” in the SF Weekly Readers poll for 2004. Thanks for the support! 

 

 

Travel guidebook, Style City - San Francisco, recently published a new version complete with photos and a flattering page on Farley’s. Of Style City, Wallpaper magazine says, “Style City, the destination of choice for the style-conscious traveler.” About Farley’s, Style City states, “the espresso drinks are perfect (just don’t utter the words ‘non-fat').... Starbucks could learn a thing or two....” 

 

KGO radio’s Bernie Ward show recently featured a “Salute to San Francisco” with Roger as a guest telling the story behind the history and lore of Farley’s. Click here to listen. (QuickTime format)

2002 Best of Citysearch Editorial Winner, "Best Cup of Coffee"

The Guardian, Best of the Bay, "Best Cafe Clientele"
"Farley's coffeehouse, atop Potrero Hill, is the best place other than the beach for hipsters to revel in unemployment. Even if you do have a job, Farley's is a good setting for telecommuting, the present-day job arrangement of choice."

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