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Taylor Maid to retail spot, host barista jam

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After almost 20 years of roasting coffee, Taylor Maid is opening its first retail cafe in Sebastopol. The opening coincides with a move back to its original location, in the Barlow building in Sebastopol. "We wanted to go back to our roots," says Taylor Maid president Rob Daly. "The timing just felt right."

The company has been toying with the retail idea for a while, and started with a mobile cart outside its Keating Avenue roastery a couple months ago. The cafe will open at the latter end of July, says Daly.

To celebrate this new venture, the sustainable roastery has invited the area's top espresso experts to a "Barista Jam" this weekend, and in fact, United States Barista Championship finalist Chris Baca of Verve Roasters in Santa Cruz will pull shots and talk shop.

Also, there might be a special new Ethiopian ready to brew for curious coffee consumers to quaff at the jam while local band the Chelsea Set entertains the masses. The Barista Jam and party is Saturday, June 30, at Taylor Maid. 7190 Keating Ave., Sebastopol. Free cold-brewed iced coffee for everyone. 11am–2pm. 707.824.9110.—Nicolas Grizzle

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