Shop Local, there is no time like the present.

Okay, can we all just agree that this is weird AF?  Here is the thing, you have probably been to the grocery and loaded up for the next couple of weeks, I know that I have. And you probably are kicking yourself for not taking out options on Cottonelle, as I assume that their stock is going through the roof. And you probably have your home office setup with your secure connection to work. And you are planning on wearing pajama bottoms while taking video meetings. Let’s face it  . . . you’re set.

Now I am going to admit, for me, working from hope is this introverts dream. I have only just so much go-out-into-the-world juice that for me, this is like a day at the hot springs. I get to sit here, write my blog, do my research and produce my drawings all from the confines of my lovely little war shack on the West Side. Happy, happy Tommy.  I am particularly happy because I can drink as much coffee as I want, dance about the house and yard with my dogs, in a caffeine induced haze, and no one will be the wiser.

Here’s the hook.  I get my coffee from Fabrice. I normally consume about 1 pound a week. (Don’t judge.) Monday I went to the roastery and bought 3 pounds figuring that would be enough to get me through. This morning I went online and order 3 more pounds for my freezer. You all know Fabrice right? Or know of him. Fabrice Moschetti is the owner and roaster of Moschetti, Inc. down on 6th Street. His coffees are the true work of a craftsman. He and I developed a friendship discussing the subtleties of coffee roasting. He supported me when I made a bid for the Planning Commission and he always has a joke to share when we meet. Many of you have enjoyed the free cuppings that he shares every Saturday down at his roastery. That man gives of himself to Vallejo every day and twice on Saturdays. I am privileged to call him my friend.

Fabrice is an able businessman. He has built his business over the years serving restaurants, cafés and hotels. They love his coffee and are want to buy in bulk.  This week all that came to a screeching halt. The large orders, which are the backbone of Fabrice’s business, stopped. When they will resume . . . well, that is a question that no one seems to be willing to answer right now.

Here is my ask: Please, go online and order coffee from Fabrice. (I will place the link below.) He is a small business, he employs good people, provides for his family and is a great neighbor to all us Vallejoans. To my friends in local government, please, if you have not already done so, adopt a buy local policy and direct all of your departments to buy from local Vallejo shops. Today I ask you to buy coffee from Fabrice. We all waited patiently while he worked to open his café. It would break my heart if we were at risk of losing that and his roastery. With luck and his business experience, I am confident that he will be able to rework his business model and stay open. Today he could use our help.  Please.


Tommy Judt

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  1. Hi! Thanks for sharing. For those of us that don’t drink coffee (I know I know) are there other local businesses that we can order from to support?

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