Jackie Mendelson, a post-WWII baby, grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco at a time when children played unsupervised in the street, walked to school by themselves, and didn’t need anyone to arrange playdates for them. The same inner resolve that brought her to Haight Ashbury, and allowed her to take a deep dive into drugs, helped her walk into a rehab clinic a few years later.
Once she successfully beat her addiction, Jackie went on to help others become whole again. These life lessons led to operating a homeless shelter in Southern California, fighting the stigma of testing during the AIDS crisis, and helping to open AIDS clinics around the world. Today, she is the proud founder and owner of ArabicaDabra Coffee Company Inc, a coffee distribution company which she established over a decade ago, exclusively featuring Jackie’s Cup Coffee.