Sip coffee in Montclair, savor the wildlife with a city councilor (Robin’s Nest)

Robin Woods and Jonathan Echeverry, owner of Paper Plane Coffee Co., talk about a feature of the store, which will expand into the space formerly occupied by Dem Two Hands at the corner of Claremont and North Fullerton avenues. (NEIL GRABOWSKY/FOR THE MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

For the Montclair Local

I’m back to carefully explore Montclair in double mask, having done preliminary phone interviews before venturing out into the world for face-to-face meetings to find the special twists I’m known for.

Founder and owner Jonathan Echeverry sat down with me to share how Paper Plane Coffee Co. came to be. I was late for the game trying the coffee at Paper Plane, but now I’m a customer and a fan.

Coffee and tea companies abound in town, but Paper Plane stands out with an international story, told by Echeverry. He is the fifth generation of coffee growers in his family, dating back 150 years to Santuario, Colombia. The coffee farm in Colombia also grows eucalyptus on the plains. Eucalyptus is used to make writing paper. Plains, paper and planes, a nice play on words.

Echeverry opened the first PPCC in Brooklyn in 2015, then in Montclair, where he resides with his wife and children. On opening day, September 9, 2019, he and his wife Lauren were married at the store.

Coming soon in 2022, the store is expanding into Dem Two Hands’ former space on North Fullerton Avenue. Staff will be able to access both locations through a connecting wall from Claremont Avenue.

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Echeverry is also an educator ready to give lessons in the tasting and education space provided, where we can learn about coffee roasting, extraction methods and the preparation of these cups. perfect coffees.

Coffee! It’s time for me to talk about coffee. I loved the hot Coco Rico coffee drink from the Science section of the menu. Made with coconut cream, rum extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, oat milk and espresso, this is the coffee version of Coquito.

Now retired until next vacation, I’ll replace him with Butterbroo. It’s made from magic, with spiced simple syrup, salt, Oatly milk substitute, and espresso. A tribute to Harry Potter and butterbeer, this literary reference to witchcraft went over my head. Are you looking forward to the next PPCC specialty coffee rollout? It will be Tainted Love for Valentine’s Day, made with strawberry and chocolate Nesquick and espresso. You are welcome for notice.

A special bonus factoid for you, from Echeverry: “I’m also an actor, doing voice-overs. I am the voice of the orange cat from Friskies cat food.

He is a man of many talents, who owns a recording studio at home. Does he like to drink coffee? Well, of course he does, saying, “I love black coffee, to get the real taste. Our single origin coffee is freshly roasted on site.

Don’t worry about running out of coffee, it’s sold in exclusive PPCC whole bean single-origin varieties as well as for home brewing.

Nosy zebras, photographed by Township General Councilor Peter Yacobellis, who has traveled to 45 countries and six continents to pursue his passion for wildlife photography.

From coffee to politics

Fully caffeinated and ready to experience something new, I shared a leisurely lunch with Large Councilman Peter Yacobellis in my aft cabin “office” kindly assigned to me by Montclair House Grill owner Chris Ioannou.

Since 2020, Yacobellis has sat on the city council, turning to the four ward representatives to share information about their own neighborhoods in the city. No shrinking purple, he is often seen around town, posting on social media and emailing residents frequent updates.

He is the first openly gay person to serve on the board and is the founder of Out Montclair, a non-profit organization that educates and supports the adult and adolescent LGBTQIA+ community through special events in safe spaces. He is chairman of the group and chairman of the board of directors.

Yacobellis is much more than that.

Robin’s conversation with Councilor David Cummings

“I was born gay to a 17-year-old single mother. Growing up, I had no one to identify with and I knew enough not to tell anyone. I mixed up, but I was Bullied and beaten as a kid Finally feeling more comfortable in his own skin in his 40s, he resides in the Fourth Ward with his partner, Benjamin Bright.

Yacobellis introduced the Indoor Mask Mandate Resolution requiring masks to be worn indoors in public places in the city, which came into effect on December 21, 2021, for a renewable period of 30 days, and has was extended on January 18 until March 31. He’s also a strong proponent of a permanent skateboard space at Rand Park, and it’s becoming a reality.

When I asked Yacobellis about his plans and dreams for the remainder of his term, he said, “I would like to see updated transportation infrastructure, the construction of a new municipal complex, an affordable housing strategy and a full-time economic development office. ”

He is an energetic and intensely focused man.

Her greatest passion, in addition to serving the community, is photography and traveling around the world. So far, he has traveled to 45 countries and six continents in search of endangered species to photograph, visiting places as far afield as Cambodia, Madagascar and Uganda. It will travel next to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

Yes, I had to look for that one. Six endangered species are found here, including the giant tortoise, penguins and blue-footed boobies. These are seabirds, but the teenager in me imagined a mental image that made me laugh out loud.

Robin speaks with Councilor Lori Price Abrams

He uses a Nikon d7500 camera and says, “It takes exceptional photos that can be enlarged to very large. I want to help where I live through conservation photography. You can find some of his photos for sale at, Pics2Conserve. A portion of its sales is donated to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

On a personal note, I am thrilled that my talented photographer, Neil Grabowsky, is back to doing what he does best after the devastating loss of his studio, vehicle and equipment in Hurricane Ida.

Go to to discover that Neil does more than just take great pictures. He’s like a little brother to me, and a ginger companion. We were together twice in the same week preparing this article for print, a rare pleasure for me in this time of anxiety and worry.

Or am I drinking too much coffee? No, there’s not too much coffee or pictures of adorable giraffes and gorillas.

In this article:

Robin Woods is a local town girl, writing about activities, shops, restaurants, and interesting people that catch her eye. She has written memoirs and personal essays, as well as music and fashion columns for various New York newspapers. Her writing awards include the Shirley Chisholm Award for Journalism and the Essex County Legacies Essay Competition Director’s Award.

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