Arrest Me Again.

This video is an expression of grievances, unedited and uncut.

The Arizona State Legislature, the Governor and the People have willed that THEY have the freedom to choose whether or not to mask. It is crucial we enact this immediately, to mitigate the division in our society, protect those who cannot medically or psychologically tolerate a face covering, and most importantly, because we are Free People.

The tyrannical, overpaid, corrupt County Administrator, Chuck Huckleberry thinks he can override the People’s will and unilaterally force people against their will for another 90 days—and yet he and the Pima County Board of Supervisors have not yet addressed our valid grievances, nor rectified their improper, illegal and corrupt actions against Viva Coffee House and others.

Therefore, we recognize the authority of the People as expressed in our Founding Documents and the intent of the top levels of State government. It’s a moot point anyway because our County Resolution 2020-96 is null and void if a business can “easily maintain 6-foot spacing.”

However, we will not stand by and abide tyranny and the usurpation of people’s inalienable rights. We stand united with the People of our Community, including the majority of law enforcement officers in saying that we will NOT tolerate tyranny, corrupt administration and consent, by commission or omission, to use threats and harassment as a means of enforcement. We call upon our local law enforcement officers to uphold the Constitution and Bill of Rights and your obligation to protect innocent and free people from tyranny and oppression.

Pima County has clearly overstepped their bounds and engaged in despotic executive overreach. This is our position, a continued expression of our grievances; inside our shop we have a printed “Declaration of the People’s Natural Rights,” signed by a number of people, and which we encourage every Freedom-loving person to sign.

We enjoin Pima County representatives to sit down with us and talk, rectify this situation and stop mistreating the people you are supposed to be serving; then, we will consider your recommendations if you set a course to truly serve the People, as you are expected to do.

As such, the signers of this Declaration, which we will be delivering to you, have delegated to us administration of their just and righteous grievances, which you are obliged by Law to hear and rectify. We declare our independence from Pima County’s unjust governance, and their transgression of your obligations to the Social Contract under which we loan them the Power of the People—this authority belongs to us, not them, and if they abuse it, we have the obligation to reclaim it until such time as just administration is restored—we recognize the authority of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the State representatives of the People, insomuch as they uphold these, the highest Law of the Land.

We call for the immediate firing of Chuck Huckleberry and for the State Legislature to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the corruption and mismanagement in the matter of Viva Coffee House. Justice must be done. We are Americans; we do not tolerate tyranny.

Viva Stories: The Wounded Warrior

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, I popped into Viva to grab a drink.

In walked an older gentleman, wearing a “Wounded Warrior” hat. His eyes, radiating both pain and pride, told me he had stories to tell, so I got up and shook his hand.

We spent about 10 minutes talking, and I learned he had served in Vietnam. He didn’t completely understand what the war was about, only that he wanted to serve his country. He described the hostile reception he and his fellow soldiers received when they returned, and how poorly the government treated him over the years as he worked various jobs to get by while raising kids; now that he has grandkids, he’s deeply concerned about the future of the country they will inherit.

I got a little choked up when he told me that ever since he heard the story of our struggle against tyranny and corruption, he’s made it a point to stop into Viva every Sunday after church, just to support us. He thanked me (me?!) for continuing to stand. I can tell you, that is immensely humbling, knowing I and our family have endured so little compared to him! It gave me perspective on having lost my job in October and the challenge of keeping a small business open. It’s not easy, but it’s still a small price to pay for freedom.

As we left, he opened the saddlebags on his motorcycle and handed me three copies of the Constitution, in the careful manner of a priest handling a sacred text.

This man, after all he’s been through, still loves his country—not because of political ideology, but because he holds individual Freedom and Justice sacred. For him, buying a cup at our little coffee shop each week is an act of service to the American Dream. Words fail me to express what that small act means to us…It’s been a tough year for us, but people like Art keep us going and remind us our tenacity to stay open is about more than coffee and pastries. Art honors us every Sunday…and we honor him by continuing to fight for the same values he did! God bless Art and God bless America! #VivaFreedom

P.S. Art had ordered my own personal favorite, the “Killer Bee” latte. 😉

Local by Nature: Desert Spiny Lizard

Tucson’s Grumpiest Lizard

Desert Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus Magister)

Tuesday, June 18We called him “Sausage,” and boy was he a spicy little brat (wurst pun ever)! He was the grumpiest lizard we ever had (and we’ve had a lot of lizards in the Walker household)! This is how his story began…Continue reading “Local by Nature: Desert Spiny Lizard”

Brew Methods: Manual Brew (Pour Over)

Brew Methods: Manual Brew (Pour Over)

IMG_2736You may recognize this particular glass pitcher because you’ve seen it in episodes of Mary Tyler Moore, Friends (we’re dating ourselves, we know), or Mad Men. It’s a Chemex brewer and is one of two styles of manual brews we currently offer in our shop. The other choice we have is a Hario V60.

In recent years, the manual brew (or pour over) method has started to make a comeback, and for good reason. The different types of manual brew methods available create a delicious cup of coffee, and are especially good for highlighting nuances and tasting notes in single origin coffees like the ones we carry by Presta Coffee Roasters. Both the Chemex and V60 create different cups of coffee, even using the same bean. It’s fun to experiment to see which one produces a cup of coffee that you enjoy.

Both of these methods are brewed, you guessed, by hand using no automated equipment. We prepare our equipment for brewing and grind each cup just before we brew to ensure the freshest cup. At Viva we use the pulse pour method (meaning we bloom, and then do three separate pours and let the water filter down through the bed of coffee each time before the next pour. We chose this method simply for workflow purposes, but the continuous pour is also fun to do!).



Manual brewing can be very technical, and while there is a lot of science going on during the brew process, it doesn’t have to be out of reach. At Viva Coffee House, we love to provide delicious coffee using the most current, science-based techniques, but we also like it to be friendly to everyone. Next time you come in, chat up our friendly baristas about your favorite brew methods or feel free to ask them questions. They won’t bite, we promise 😉

Interested in bringing a pour over method to your home kitchen? You can certainly purchase the best of the best equipment (scales and kettles), or you can keep it simple with more budget-friendly, but still industry-respected equipment from Amazon. If you practice you will succeed in making delicious coffee at home. You can also join one of our monthly Brew Better Coffee At Home Class to get hands-on help in learning best practices (see the events page for more details and to reserve your space in the upcoming class). We hope you find this information useful.

What’s your favorite way to brew coffee? Tell us in the comments below!