Rosebud Perks Up Prospects of Formerly Homeless Youth

Photo courtesy Rosebud Rosebud manager Stephanie Sharp trains intern Jonathan Tran. The Rosebud was created to provide a vibrant community space, delicious coffee and skilled job training for formerly homeless youth or at-risk former foster youth.
Photo courtesy Rosebud
Rosebud manager Stephanie Sharp trains intern Jonathan Tran. The Rosebud was created to provide a vibrant community space, delicious coffee and skilled job training for formerly homeless youth or at-risk former foster youth.

Nestled in a once-overlooked corridor of East Pasadena, Rosebud coffeehouse is brewing a lot more than premium specialty coffee — it’s serving a higher cause.
The sunny, spacious shop, trimmed with edgy local artworks from a recent exhibit there, was born as a social enterprise with a dual purpose: create a vibrant community space, and use the business for professional job training for at-risk foster youth or formerly homeless youth to teach the skilled art of coffee making. Rosebud pairs the young adults, typically between 18 and 24, with an experienced barista who shares all the tricks of the trade — how to taste coffee, how to tell where it comes from, different brewing techniques and, of course, the painstaking work of latte art, because who doesn’t love an abstract angel floating atop their mocha cappuccino? Continue reading “Rosebud Perks Up Prospects of Formerly Homeless Youth”