Erin needed to get online for work, and we sauntered around town looking for wifi. We saw a little cafe, Yo el Rey (YeR), off the main road and what a lovely surprise- not only did they have free internet, but it turned out to be such a peaceful coffee-lover's haven.
Owner and founder J. Kirk Feiereisen opened YeR in Fall 2008. A pristine jewel-box of a cafe, YeR gets a ton of light and paintings line the walls indispersed with whimiscal lines of poetry and quotes written by J. Kirk himself. The space is so funky and artful, I was immediately enamored.
J. Kirk roasts his own organic, fair-trade coffee in-house in this gorgeous Diedrich 15lb. roaster. Swoon.
Proudly made right here in the US of A, in Sandpoint, ID.
Coffee beans go here for roasting. He roasts all his beans to a medium profile.
The large exhaust pipe goes up through the skylight.
YeR's manual espresso machine, made by Astoria. See that lever on top? Pull that down to make espresso!
Here's J. Kirk making my double. All the ceramic cups he uses are made by local artists!
J. Kirk is a roaster, artist and poet, committed to serving Calistoga with socially-minded, delicious coffee. He ships his beans anywhere in the US, order here.
Until next time, Calistoga!
YO EL REY ROASTING
1217 Washington St