Steam Valve & Glitter Cats


My name is Cajal Rutti and I am the owner of Steam Valve Espresso, a specialty coffee shop with a mission to provide job opportunities to marginalized communities, particularly deaf and hard-of-hearing. This shop was started in May 2022 as a way to provide my two-year-old daughter with a stable livelihood, along with the opportunity to share my insatiable passion for coffee with all communities.

The business is ready to go and has already had a few clients for pop-ups. We have poured every cent we had into this business, always making sure to get the absolute top-notch equipment needed. The one machine we are particularly proud of is the La Marzocco GS3, which is considered an impressive machine in the specialty coffee community. This is only the beginning. However, we are not at the point yet where we can consistently provide other options such as drip coffee, specialty tea, pour-overs and so forth. Those all require specialized equipment that we still do not have. On top of this, I was recently selected to represent Glitter Cat as a barista, quite proudly, and part of that representation agreement is that I must attend the Denver United States Barista Championship Qualifiers. ALL expenses must be covered by me for the trip to Denver. I'd love to show the world what deaf/HOH people are capable of in hospitality if given the means in this competition. If you'd like to learn more about Steam Valve Espresso and Glitter Cats, please go to these links respectively:

If you like the idea of supporting me and my company, please look below to see what I am going to use the donations for. I am seeking donations and support to:

  • Cover all travel expenses to Denver, Colorado
  • Cover the expense of having an interpreter for the weekend
  • Allow us to purchase additional equipment to broaden our menu selections and expand our shop's capabilities such as a large fridge and a drip coffee dispenser
  • Allow us to further our brand as a coffee cart, eventually a brick-and-mortar location

I will appreciate all donations and every dollar will go directly into those listed above.

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Cajal Rutti
Upperville, VA

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