Meet July's Featured Local Vendor!
off Broad St. @ Caudill St.
 Monday - Saturday
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Community Owned Co-Op
July 5, 2017
In This Newsletter:
Updated Co-op Member-Owner Benefits
First Friday Kick-Off
A reminder for Co-op Member-Owners: there are updates to your benefits, as described here in the special notice from Board President Eric Michielssen sent at the end of May. (You can always view past newsletters here.) The last day to use daily and double discounts will be August 14, 2017.

Among other benefits, active Member-Owners will enjoy special sales and promotions. One of these is our monthly "First Friday" special beginning Friday, July 7th. Every item in the Bulk Foods and Bulk Herbs & Teas departments will be 10% off, so stock up on culinary and medicinal herbs, coffee, teas, seeds, beans, grains, nuts, flour, sweeteners, dried fruits, and more for big savings! This discount even applies to items that are already on sale. Wellness items sold in bulk are not included in this sale.
Take advantage of these savings by making sure you are an active Member-Owner!
Produce sales start each week on Tuesday.
Co+op Deals
is our new bi-monthly sales flyer and starts every other Wednesday.
Co+op Basics
are the items you use everyday, with everyday low prices. Look for new items each month.
Click the images or this link
to see our Specials page.
Featured Local Vendor: Coastal Peaks Coffee
We are proud to offer Coastal Peaks Coffee beans here at the Co-op, both as freshly brewed coffee in our café and as whole beans that you can buy in bulk to grind here or at home. All brewed and bulk Coastal Peaks Coffee here at the Co-op is organic and Fair Trade. From July 5 – July 18, all bulk Coastal Peaks Coffee beans will be on sale for $11.49 lb. (reg. $13.49 lb.).
It all began in 1989 when Owner and President Michael Knight started an office coffee service in Grover Beach. In 2006 he purchased a mini-roasting company and Coastal Peaks Roasters was in business, with SLO Native Philip Grant joining as Master Roaster. Philip learned all about the coffee trade in Portland, OR, concentrating on the many coffee bean varieties as well as different roasting techniques. Coastal Peaks Roasters began selling coffee beans wholesale to cafes, coffee houses, and restaurants, now numbering more than 70 establishments. In 2012, a café was added in front of the roasting room. Now renamed Coastal Peaks Coffee, customers can enjoy their coffee while viewing the roasting process, as well as partake in classes, tours, and tastings.
Michael Knight, Owner & President and Philip Grant, Master Roaster.
Photos courtesy of Coastal Peaks Coffee.
Coastal Peaks Coffee purchases beans from small growers and cooperatives and roasts them in small batches (approximately 35 pounds at a time) to ensure that the beans are fresh and of the best quality. In addition to offering more than 35 varietals and blends, Philip also creates a Coffee of the Month. These monthly coffees are organic (and Fair Trade, when available). The Co-op takes part in this program, so our Member-Owners and customers can easily try something new each month.
Michael says that two things are paramount when brewing coffee. The first is water quality, since a cup of coffee is 99% water; therefore, Michael recommends using either filtered or bottled water. The second is the coffee bean itself, and selection will vary according to personal preference. Try beans with diverse characteristics, from different coffee growing areas, and various roasts to learn which ones you like best. The method of brewing – whether with a French press or a percolator, for instance – does not matter as much as the quality of the water and the coffee beans.
When asked if there is anything he would like people to know about Coastal Peaks Coffee, Michael replied without hesitation, “I am blessed to have the people who work here and it is a real team effort. Don’t ever call me the boss; if anything, call me the ambassador.”
You can follow Coastal Peaks Coffee on Facebook and on Instagram @coastalpeaks for their latest news and updates.
Co-op Board Meetings: You're Invited
We encourage Co-op Member-Owners to attend the monthly Co-op Board Meetings, now being held on the first Thursday after the 18th of each month. Each meeting opens with a public comment period so if you would like to speak, please arrive a few minutes early. Meetings begin at 5:30 PM and are now being held at the SLO County Builders Exchange (address and map below). 

We hope you will come and get to know your Board and learn about your Co-op's doings and plans for the future. This is a great way to be informed, share your ideas, and get involved.
If you are interested in serving, you may download an application via the link on this page. If you have any questions, please call or come by the Co-op.

Next Board Meeting:
Thursday, July 20 at 5:30 PM
SLO County Builders Exhange
153 Cross Street, Suite 130, SLO (map here)

Questions or comments? Please contact us
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Upcoming Events
"Fruit tasting at the CRFG Demonstration Orchard," Cal Poly.
9th Annual Lavender Festival, Sat, July 9
Samples, vendors, food, displays, activities.
Free, Paso Robles Downtown City Park.
Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, Fri-Sun, July 14-Aug 5
Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy
John Cariani's Almost Maine
and William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
at the Filipponi Ranch, SLO.
"Growing Citus and Avos, and Update on Asian Citrus Psyllid."
Free monthly workshop, presented by SLO Master Gardeners, SLO.
Run from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier or run the Half Marathon.
Proceeds benefit Morro Bay Recreation Department's Youth Sports programs.
Food, entertainment, period costumes, even a pirate ship!
Laguna Lake Park, SLO
5:30 PM at the SLO County Builders Exchange,
153 Cross St, Suite 130, SLO (map here).
Members are encouraged to attend; public comment period
at the beginning of each meeting.
SLO Blues Baseball, through Sun, July 30
SLO's hometown team since 1946,
plays at Sinsheimer Park, SLO.
HopeDance Events, July 1-31
Films, discussions, gatherings.
Thanks for reading and being a Co-op Member.
Your support of the store supports local sustainably grown food, farmers, and non-GMO standards.
If you've any questions or comments about the newsletter,
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