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Illustration by Mark Stivers

Caffeine highs and lows: Clearly, Sacramento is a coffee town, but growth isn’t exactly stable these days. In Folsom, Java Mama Folsom will close on Friday, February 26. Pachamama Coffee Cooperative’s Davis cafe will also close at the end of the month.

There’s some good news too, though. Rocklin’s Hoot Coffee (6831 Lonetree Boulevard, Suite 101) recently held its grand opening, unrolling a wealth of creative-driven plans: local art, open-mic nights, live music, made-to-order sodas, Gibraltars (see Drink Me) and beans by Sacramento small-batch company Mast Coffee Co.

In Midtown, look for Identity Coffees (1430 28th Street) soon. It’s a new concept partially owned by Lucky Rodrigues, who most recently co-owned Insight Coffee Roasters. Rodrigues says he wants to eliminate segregation in coffee, meaning baristas not only make lattes, they’re also the people roasting, sourcing and importing coffee. From Identity’s successful, $11,000-plus Kickstarter campaign: “We want coffee-loving baristas to have a fruitful and viable career in coffee. We believe that when the person serving you the coffee is the same person who sourced and roasted it, s/he will serve you better than anywhere else.”

Sudsy: As for breweries, growth is definitely more than stable. Add three more new breweries to your list: Sactown Union Brewing (1210 66th Street), which will open Saturday, February 27; Three Mile Brewing Co. (231 G Street in Davis) and Claimstake Brewing (11366 Monier Park Place in Rancho Cordova).

Sactown will serve basics but also focus on lesser-known German styles. Brewmaster Michael Barker carries a long resume, but he was most recently at Santa Cruz Ale Works.

Three Mile is softly open with a classic lineup but with its small, 3.5 barrel system, it plans to produce experimental, seasonal brews in the future. Credentials? Head brewer Roy Lester spent five years at the now-shuttered Brew it Up! Brewery and Grill.

Claimstake Brewing is the renamed Argonaut Brewing. Look for a grand opening March 16.

Oh, mom: The ever-interesting Mother will cease “regular dinner service” on March 1. Don’t freak out: its vegetarianism, price-point and hours will stay the same, but the menu will rotate each month based on a theme. Conceptual dining, essentially. First up is Mexican food. And, oh yeah, say goodbye to Chef’s 10 as well.