How did a coffee shop evolve into all these different avenues? What is Playground Coffee’s mission?
Playground is an extension of myself and every time I have an idea or a new concept I manage those creations under the umbrella network of Playground. It’s exciting to work with colleagues and friends to expand and add to my understanding of my imagined futures. Playground’s mission is to attempt a discourse on sustainability and innovation in community care by exchanging knowledge and ideas.
Tell us more about the bookshop. What types of books can we expect to pick up at Playground?
Playground Annex is one of the only bookstores in BedStuy. It houses titles of BIPOC LGBTQIA authors that are not even highlighted in larger book retail chains in NY. The lack of literary presence in our community makes it difficult to know where to start but our friends, family and colleagues are some of the most profound voices of our lifetime and by extension our truths can be evident in our collection of how we write our narratives.
What types of educational courses does Playground offer? Do they alternate or are they fixed? Who is leading these courses?
Currently we offer barista training classes, introducing folks to our inhouse blend, history, tasting and espresso pulling. This is our attempt to educate our community in our medium but gate breaking so that it is accessible to everyone and not just those who work in coffee. I lead these classes and feel that my physicality is hyper important in these sessions as white men make up the coffee industry.