Oklahoma City

Cup Design Artist: Tyler Roberts by Caleb Savage

Last April, we collaborated with our friend Arjan Jager to design new artwork for our cups! His afternoon doodle sparked an idea that begins phase two this week! We’re proud to present our second Cup Design Artist, new dad, Barista Trainer, and all-star teammate and friend: Tyler Roberts!

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ABOUT TYLER

Tyler’s been with Clarity since August 2016 and holds the Clarity record for longevity having been with the team for 2.5 years out of the 3.25 years we’ve been around. When he joined the team, we knew he could make great coffee and take care of the friends and family that walk into the cafe, but art was a secret talent we didn’t know he had.

FROM CALEB

“If you know Tyler, you know he’s got a pretty fierce commitment to whatever he’s decided. From endless book and music recommendations to diet and fitness tips, Tyler’s got an answer and the dedication to solve almost any problem that comes his way. I first heard about Tyler’s art after a conversation where he told me he knew that if he just committed to practicing drawing an hour every day, he could draw whatever he wanted. Just a few months later, he was drawing characters and figures that were amazing. As great as his artwork is, as always, I’m even more impressed by his simple commitment to the effort it takes to make great work.”

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ABOUT TYLER’S CUP DESIGN

“Downtown OKC, while still in progress, has a lot to offer people. Whether it’s art at OKC Museum of Art’s beautiful galleries, or 21c Museum and Hotel’s 14,000 feet of always free and always open space; a solemn quiet place to remember and reflect, or a botanical garden in the middle of the Midwest. We have a place for everyone. Since I’m not good with directions, I drew the landmarks for people to see the places I love.”

Stop by the shop and grab a tasty drink to enjoy while you check out Tyler’s design incorporating all our great neighbors. Use it as a tour guide to check off great places to visit with your cup of coffee! Whether it is the OKC Museum of Art, the OKC Memorial, Myriad Botanical Gardens, or 21C Museum Hotel, we are confident you’ll have a great time exploring our city.

Cheers!

Coffee + Bikes in OKC by Caleb Savage

Clarity Coffee and Bike Trails

It’s a great time to ride a bike in OKC! From great events like the Myriad Gardens’ Full Moon Ride and the Pro-Am Classic, to bike tours from Ride OKC, Spokies bike share program, and the City of Oklahoma City’s first comprehensive bike and pedestrian plan, BikeWalkOKC, more and more of our friends and neighbors are leaving their cars in the driveway and exploring our city on two wheels!

As we continue our focus on sustainability in the coffee industry, we wanted to highlight a significant and sustainable part of coffee shops, bicycles! We heard from our dear friend and regular most qualified to speak to the intersection of coffee-sipping and bike-riding, Chad Hodges!

Spokes & ‘Spros

It’s not uncommon to see a bike or two outside any coffee shop. At Clarity, that bike’s probably owned by a barista! Even Google Street View sports Steve’s trusty steed at the rack. Cycling and coffee go together for two reasons: caffeine and affordability!

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Cyclists love the mid-ride boost an espresso or cappuccino gives a ride. “You plan your rides around coffee stops,” says Chad, “It’s a great time to catch your breath, refuel, and say hi to all our barista friends.”

Baristas love the two-wheeled commute because it’s a cheap way to get from shop to shop without having to worry about parking, and allowing them to spend more time and money on the things that matter most to them!

A Connected Network

Looking for a longer ride? Explore our trails and bike route network! Chad enjoys heading “out to Jones, out to do a lap around Draper lake, or maybe just hit the river trails and ride out to Overholser. If I’m getting to squeeze a coffee stop in, then I’m definitely stopping at Elemental or Clarity... or BOTH on a great day! Once downtown has a way out to Draper that’s mostly trail, it’ll be great and more cyclists will get to enjoy the new trail going in around the lake.” A connection from Downtown to Draper is in City plans thanks to BikeWalkOKC!

Oklahoma River Bike Trail

Approved back in the Spring, BikeWalkOKC has four primary goals:

1) walking and cycling is safe in Oklahoma City
2) greater numbers of people are walking and cycling for transportation
3) neighborhoods are connected to jobs, transit, commercial
4) barriers to walking and cycling are removed

Through eight different initiatives BikeWalkOKC sets the course for the future of active transportation in Oklahoma City.

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Looking Back

When Chad started riding, he says, "there was a 'river trail'; there certainly weren’t the green bike lanes your find throughout OKC, and there wasn’t a district like Film Row who did a little forward thinking and did an incredible job incorporating bike lines into their renovation.

"I think OKC is headed in the right direction and as you see more and more cyclists on the streets it’ll continue to move forward.”

Are you a regular river-trail rider in need of a pre/mid/post ride caffeine boost?

Here’s how Chad gets to us from the river: “I ride up Robinson, to Reno, then over to Hudson and up to Main. I’m not sure it’s the best way, but I enjoy the ride through Hub Cap Alley, and the view of the city crossing the overpass.”

OKC Bike Trails

If you’re a cyclist looking to pick up coffee or coffee drinker looking to check out why everyone talks so much about bikes, listen to Chad:

“The communities built around coffee & bikes are amazing. If someone might be a little nervous to test the waters in either, I’d encourage them to jump in. You’ll find some of the best people around pulled up to a cafe bar or pedaling through the city.”

Cup Design Artist: Arjan Jager by Steve Willingham

We've always been proud of our coffee cups. We believe that every part of a coffee experience matters: the taste and texture, the aroma, the environment around you, the conversations while you're drinking it, and even the cup you're drinking out of. That's why we serve our espresso drinks in the impeccably designed Not Neutral cups, our pour overs in thick diner mugs, and our teas in beautiful ForLife tea cups. 

And if you need to take your drink to go, we've always had double-walled paper cups with sharp printing and thick, sturdy lids. Because cups shouldn't burn your hand as you grip them and shouldn't spill as you drink from them.

Arjan's "Claritree" doodle. Photo courtesy of  Arjan's Instagram .

Arjan's "Claritree" doodle. Photo courtesy of Arjan's Instagram.

Starting today, we're changing the to go cup design a bit. The first of a series of Cup Design Artists, Arjan Jager's cityscape is a great representation of our home and this city we're so proud of.

When Arjan decided one day to doodle on his cup, it sparked a conversation about what the next phase of our paper coffee cups might be. Over a few drinks, Arjan and I decided to experiment a bit and see where it might lead.

Arjan

Arjan is an urban designer and artist from the Netherlands. He has lived in OKC since 2015 and works for the city as senior urban designer and planner. In the summer he combines this job with being a professor at the Urban Design Studio of OU in Tulsa. He also makes illustrations. His work has been part of exhibits at DNA Galleries and JRB Gallery. Prints and t-shirts with his artwork are sold at DNA Galleries.

Arjan's Work

"Cities and landscapes are endless collections of movie scenes, where everyone else is leading actor and I am the only observer. I love to observe how people move around and what composition of buildings, trees, vistas or skies makes a city scene memorable.

"With my illustrations, I try to capture those scenes. I use black lines, dots and negative space to create depth and bring movement to my work. I hope that the eyes of those who see my work will move through my illustration as if moving through a city or landscape, with changing perspectives and new thoughts."

Inspiration for this Piece

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"This work is inspired by road trips through Oklahoma. I love the openness of the landscape while driving on endless rolling hills and crossing meandering rivers. The moment you see the Oklahoma City skyline appear on the horizon always feels good, 'almost there'. During tornado season incredible clouds may appear, which make the scene even more dramatic."