2017 Juried Student Art Show

This Spring, OQ is hosting its 4th Annual Juried Student Art Show!  This is when we highlight local talent from teenage artists.  The Show is open to anyone ages 14-18. Spread the word and encourage your friends to enter!

Here are a few key details for all entries:

  • Entry deadline is Saturday, March 4th at 11:59pm. 
  • Artists chosen to participate will be notified by March 18th.
  • This year's medium is PHOTOGRAPHY, and the theme is START A CONVERSATION.
  • Limited to two submissions per artist (you can submit one piece or two pieces), and final artwork should not to exceed 18"x24" framed.
  • Awards will be announced at the reception on Friday, April 7th.
  • There is a prize for Best in Show and Best in Show - Silver!

Submit one jpg of each entry (Last Name_Title of piece_Category.jpg), not exceeding 5MB, to Tammy Knorr via email at tammy@oqcoffee.com

New Gallery Opening! Thursday, November 3 at 6:30pm

Celebrate Fall with us at our next Gallery Arts opening! 🍁🍂
Next week
Thursday Nov. 3rd
Starting at 6:30p

A local recreational artist, Amy Dees, was was born and raised in San Diego who now lives in Metuchen. She thoroughly loves where she lives. In college, she took oil painting classes and fell in love with the medium. She was able to study under a fantastic artist, Marilyn Murphy.
Come Thursday to find out more and see the new exhibit which brings all the colors of Fall from across the country into the OQ coffee shop!

Organic Cold Brewed Cocoa

Sometimes you may feel like you're indulging when you have chocolate (at least we do), but more recently, there has been a fabulous wave (much like "third wave coffee") in chocolate, in which folks are doing bean-to-bar chocolate: traceable, sustainable guilt-free chocolate!  Our friend Melanie who started Anahata Chocolate took on this endeavor, and did so here in central New Jersey, being the first minority, women-owned chocolatier in the U.S.  She's now taking a break from the business, but is sure to keep chocolate in her life.  Find out more about Anahata Chocolate here.

While we're sad to see her take a break, we are carrying on her legacy this summer in the form of Cold-brewed Cocoa!  Technically, it's cold-brewed cacao nibs.  The ground nibs have been cold brewed for 24 hours.  You will get a tea-like taste with a long, lingering and heavy finish of chocolate.

These nibs are a mix from three Caribbean farms:

  • 75% La Red Guaconejo: is a certified organic, fair trade cocoa cooperative located in the Dominican Republic.
  • 25% Elvesia and Belize:  The Elvesia comes from a Swiss farm, tracing back to the 18th century in the Dominican Republic. these beans are an exceptional blend of organic Trinitario and Criollo that ferment for five days and are slowly dried in the sun for a higher quality flavor profile.

As if you needed any more reasons, this cold brew cocoa also happens to be good for you:  packed with minerals like magnesium and iron, it is also filled with antioxidants--especially when the cacao is raw (and these are!)

Introducing OQ First Fridays - July 3rd

Have you checked out First Fridays at OQ yet? Every first Friday of the month, we are hosting an event centered on music, art, coffee, or community. We want to be a community-centered coffee shop, and this is one way we are doing it!

The next one is Friday July 3rd, featuring local band the Wrong Side of Dawn. Check them out at www.wrongsideofdawn.com

Save the date and bring a friend! This is looking like it will be a great one :)

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