Support for LA Intelligentsia Baristas

The baristas of Intelligentsia need your help. Many of you know the folks that make your coffee and/or tea every day. You're on first name basis, talking about your favorite TV shows, sharing some inane social media video, or simply saying "good morning, afternoon, evening" every time you come in and out when you're in a rush and can't catch up. These talented individuals start or continue your day by knowing exactly what you drink and happily making it. Sadly, without an opportunity to serve the community, their ability to make a livable wage has taken a big hit. 

The outbreak of Covid-19 has disrupted almost everything we know. On March 17, in order to help curb the spread of the virus and "flatten the curve", Intelligentsia  closed all of its retail operations and provided all hourly employees two weeks of pay. While this provided some peace of mind, the baristas all took a pay cut in the form of lost tips. In some cases, this can represent a 30% loss in wages.

This fund is aimed at relieving some of the financial burden from the closures of the coffeebars. Any contribution amount will help each of our 40 hourly baristas afford groceries and other essentials in this uncertain time. While they know what the next two weeks bring, it's very hard to predict what will happen after that.

Please consider donating what you would tip in a average week to help your favorite baristas in this time of unprecedented uncertainty. A donation of $40 or higher will earn you a virtual coffee brewing consultation with one of our coffee experts to help you perfect your brewing techniques during our time at home. As donations roll in, more incentives will be shared.

All the best,

The LA Store Managers


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Matthew Barahura 
Los Angeles, CA
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