The Trade Coffee and Coworking – Caffeinated Innovation
By Michelle Sweezey
Sacramentans, your city just got a little bit cooler, literally. As GOTG Co-Editor Lisa Murphy and I can now attest, the New Orleans Style Iced Coffee handcrafted from specialty beans at The Trade Coffee and CoWorkingb (Facebook) is sure to offer chilly caffeinated reprieve on even the hottest work day.
It’s not just coffee, and it’s not just co-working. It’s “Caffeinated Innovation.”
The Trade, the first hybrid coworking and coffee house of its kind to hit the area, is essentially a public house offering office space for private members to do business and host events while also serving up an exclusive brand and menu of craft coffee to the neighborhood— Blue Bottle Coffee in fact.
Blue Bottle Coffee is only offered in five locations worldwide, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York, and, most recently, Sacramento. Lines for this novel brand of bean have been upwards of three hours and its cafes have been known to sell out by lunchtime. It’s a bean in high demand, and it looks to stay that way.
According to co-owner Matt Kennedy, The Trade is the only franchised location Blue Bottle Coffee has agreed to partner with in Sacramento to date, and with no plans to expand that commitment in the near future that gives this up and coming business a unique place in our thriving coffee community.
However, The Trade serves more than great coffee, Matt and his wife-to-be and co-owner Amanda-Lynn Sanders have also created an innovative shared workspace for members to use by the hour, the day, or on a monthly membership basis. Similar to the much beloved and nearby Urban Hive, The Trade offers a variety of places and spaces to get things done, and in style. With private offices, two swanky conference rooms, a shared work space adjacent to the downstairs cafe, and an upstairs room designed to host events, there are plenty of inspired places to handle your business, whatever it may be.
Speaking of business, current Trade members include Sonny Mayugba of The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Requested, and tech author Jeff Noble. As members, they have access not only to collaboration and networking amongst themselves and other Trade members, but also to special events hosted at The Trade offered with their membership. Next month, for example, members get a one hour session with an attorney on the ten essential legal components for setting up a new business.
Keeping the community vibe going, the coffee bar at The Trade also serves pastries fresh from Freeport Bakery and plans to soon begin using chocolate from local chocolatier Ginger Elizabeth in their mochas. With an eventual outdoor expansion planned for the second floor and a parklette out front, Matt and Amanda are working to keep patrons as close to the canopy, and their neighborhood, as possible.
As coffee lovers, we’re excited for all of this. As writers looking for creative places to work and collaborate, we’re even more excited to have yet another seat from which to choose. As Sacramentans, we’re delighted to see our city house such a unique and shared experience and are looking forward to participating in its growth.