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Get a taste of CALPIA’s coffee roasting program

Video by Manny Chavez, CALPIA

Have you ever wondered what goes into the perfect cup of coffee? People are learning just what it takes to get the perfect brew at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP), where the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) is setting people up for success after incarceration through its coffee roasting program.

People who participate in the program learn valuable job skills in the coffee industry. They also earn nationally recognized certifications to help them with employment when returning to their communities. They learn every aspect of the coffee industry and real world job skills, preparing them for a variety of jobs.

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Charlotte Reynolds

My name is Charlotte Reynolds. I am superintendent to the CALPIA Coffee Roasting Facility.

I’m here to add job skills to the offenders and parolees that are leaving.

Marcus Carter

Hi, hello my name is Marcus Carter and I’m a coffee roaster here at Mule Creek State Prison.


We have implemented SCA, Specialty Coffee Association, training programs here just this last year, and we’re ramping up to start training with everybody.

So for a variety of jobs in the coffee industry it’s not just can you coffee roast, you can actually be a barista, you can be part of a restaurant, you can work in a factory environment, a food production warehouse, in the culinary industry.

So it’s a great enhancement. We actually have SCA certifications that are worth about $600 on the street.

So it would be really hard for anyone to get these certification unless you’re in a culinary program.

They individually can get an SCA certification and be eligible to work in any type of coffee shop restaurant environment.