Once again, I am reminded of why I live in Sonoma County, and why I love my community. Yesterday, I was able to spend the morning with my very good friend, Darren O’Brien, who also happens to be head of production at Taylor Maid Farms Organic Coffee & Tea. Darren and I have been friends for nearly a decade. We’ve been roommates and band mates and I consider him family. Not only is he a talented musician and song writer, he’s a master roaster and educated coffee buyer for TMF.
I met with Darren yesterday morning in the coffee bar of TMF in The Barlow, in Sebastopol. If you’ve never been to The Barlow, you must! We had coffee and then wandered over to Woodfour Brewing Company across the street where we met Seth Wood, owner and brewer. Darren and Seth have been collaborating for a while now on coffee and beers with each other’s creative influences.
I am proud to know them both, and proud of both of these Sonoma County brands. Woodfour is dedicated to supporting local farms, making wild yeast beers and giving impeccable service. Taylor Maid Farms stays focused on bringing sustainable coffee beans into their facilities and encourage their customers to reduce, reuse, and recycle, offering discounts to those who bring in their old coffee cans and refill.
Sonoma County is thriving on culture, creative freedom and flavor. To experience this for yourself, wander over to The Barlow!