Cherry Espresso Bar is raising the bar for specialty coffee in New Orleans. As a former barista at Cherry, I wanted to help owner Lauren Fink spread the word about how great coffee can taste when you use the beans to their full potential. As Cherry expands into new locations, Lauren is launching an educational program and inviting the New Orleans coffee community to come learn about coffee in a laid-back settings. Cherry offers espresso tasting classes and coffee cuppings. I also helped Cherry with their Kickstarter campaign to successfully raise $25,000 to start roasting coffee. Visit