Museums for All

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The Midland Center for the Arts

We had the pleasure of “Coffeeblitzing” our Center this past week. It was such a fun time exploring all of the amazing things the Center has to offer for young families. From the Mazes & Brain Games Exhibit to the Spark Lab and the newly designed preschool play area, there were fun sights to be seen all around!

We are so lucky to have such an amazing place to play, learn and create memories.

And it’s only a mile down the road from us! To top it off, while talking with our lovely tour guides, they told us about a great initiative they participate with called…

Museums for All.

Museums for All is a way to broaden a museum’s visitor base, and reach out to underserved communities. A museum visit can inspire the development of new skills and interests, ignite creativity and enrich social connections. Museums for All will help expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. By removing the financial barrier, Museums for All also removes the social and academic barrier families face when they are not exposed to high quality museum experiences.

Approachability and accessibility are values we are passionate about and we were so glad to hear about this awesome program.

Be sure to take some time to explore all of the wonderful offerings OUR Center for the Arts has for OUR awesome community.

Origins Of The Bean | A Live Oak Coffee to Cup Story

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There are many things in life that I love to “nerd out” on. When I was younger I was the child that always asked my parents “why” and “how” to almost every event and situation. When I entered the world of coffee, this was the exact same situation. I love all of the conversations I have with customers when they come into Live Oak, but some of my favorite conversations are the ones where I get to educate people of the community about coffee.

In a series of posts, I want to show you what coffee is, where it comes from, and why “the story behind the bean” is such an important part of a coffee professional’s mindset and educational process.

At Live Oak you get a warm and delicious cup of coffee from coffee grown all around the world, let’s take a moment to backup and reflect on what coffee is and where our coffee comes from.

Part 1: What is Coffee?

Coffee beans themselves are the “seed” of a fruit or “coffee cherries”. They are grown on a plant (technically a shrub), and the plants themselves are often covered with dark or waxy leaves that grow in pairs. After about a year or so, the coffee cherries bloom into beautiful white blossoms.

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(Photo http://www.motifcoffee.com/brew-your-best/coffee-fundamentals/about-coffee-plant)


Coffee plants are trimmed and pruned about once a year depending on region. They can live between 30-40 years.

There are two types of coffee plants, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica is a coffee plant grown at a higher elevation and is a much better quality type of coffee. Robusta is a cheaper and less maintained type of coffee that is commonly used in commercial production (folgers, maxwell house etc) due to its lower quality and cost.

The first Arabica coffee plant was discovered in Ethiopia (one of my favorite coffee regions) and this is where almost half of the coffee in the world comes from.

In part two of our conversation, I am going to explain to you how coffee is harvested and the different processes used to clean, dry, and get green coffee ready to ship out to your local coffee roaster like our friends over at Creation coffee here in midland!

See you around! Peace out!

by : Sean Bartley

Meet our friend Katie!

We have gotten to know our lovely friend Katie during her weekly stops into Live Oak with Meghan Richardson (a Live Oak friend & barista). Both Meghan and Katie just light up the whole coffeehouse with their bright smiles and joyfulness! We are so excited to begin offering Katie’s amazing scratch-made muffins! Katie makes these delicious muffins with her mom (Sarah Fisher, owner of Peel & Pare) and her support staff. We look forward to Katie’s fresh & yummy muffin deliveries and abundant smiles. We love partnering with local businesses and amazing people. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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