Ever wonder where the Cafecito Caliente storefront is so you can run out and buy some pan dulce? Although I would love to own a coffee shop that served pan dulce and Cafecito, we aren’t there yet and we are not a store or bakery. Why Cafecito Caliente? If you have ever watched the movie My Family/Mi Familia, at the end of the movie, the couple, Jose and Maria, whose family the movie documents, sits at the table with un Cafecito caliente (a hot cup of coffee). Jose reflects and lovingly tells her, “Maria, we have had a good life”. Maria mentions “that it would have been better if” but Jose urges her to not say that and tells her “God has been good to us. Our life, has been very, very good to us”. Maria finally agrees with him as both sit and enjoy their afternoon ritual of their favorite Cafecito.
This probably best reflects what Cafecito Caliente is about. Just a website that tries to highlight the best that Mid Michigan offers in the Latino community. We also made the decision in 2010 to begin creating programs and events that we felt were much needed to keep the culture alive whether it be by creating family friendly events or developing programs that brings resources to our community. It started with a list of 40 ideas in 2007. This list only has eleven ideas so we have many more to put together. Here is what we are up as of January 2019:
- Offer workshops about insurance. Life and auto insurance will be covered. Mixed in this will be a workshop on understanding your credit score and how it relates to your insurance rates.
- A Basic Spanish Class. Details soon!
- Cafecito Networking Night will return on Monday, March 11, 2019. Networking nights are held in March, May, August and October.
- Cinco de Mayo 5K Run/Walk Saturday, May 4, 2019.
- Cafecito Caliente Publication Spring Edition. Celebrating the Greater Lansing Area High School Seniors. Publication date: May 1, 2019.
- Cafecito Caliente Publication Fall Edition. Publication date: August 10, 2019.
- 8th Annual Latino Day with the Lugnuts Sunday, August 18, 2019.
- Cafecito Caliente Discount Card. Offering discounts to several of the areas best Mexican and Cuban restaurants. Available September 3. 2019.
- Cafecito Caliente 5K Run/Walk to be held Saturday, September 14, 2019.
- Create the Greater Lansing Latino Leadership Institute. Tentatively starting February, 2020.