We may be late to the garden this year, but it will come. In the meantime, our busy schedule has increased my appreciation of a three day weekend. Happy Memorial Day! Actually, the store will be open from 8 am to 4 pm on Monday, but the kids are out of school and I’m looking forward to a day spent together. How will you celebrate Memorial Day?
We’ve had an unusually busy spring in our family, and the store garden has been sorely neglected. Fortunately, our lovely manager, Becky, has taken things into her own hands, and begun the process of clearing out the detritus of last year. After a bit of rototilling planned for this weekend, we’re hoping to get plants in the ground next week.
For your viewing pleasure, here are a few pictures of the overgrown mess that will soon become a garden. All photos are courtesy of Becky–thus her absence. In a few months you might be eating tomatoes harvested from this space–at least if you purchase a sandwich from our store!
It appears that I have forgotten to add our weekly newsletter to the blog in the last few weeks. Better late than never, I hope. Here is the newsletter that went out last Friday, regarding our Colombian Supremo:
At the request of a customer, I am posting this staff picture again, with names attached to all of the current employees. In the caption below the photo are the names of everyone in the picture, in case that’s easier to follow. Of course, you can always ask our names in person: that way we learn your name too, and we love to get to know our customers better!
Last week the header on this e-mail was a picture of former and current staff. At the request of a customer, I’ve posted the same picture on our blog with with names attached to all of our present employees. You can click here if you too are wondering the identity of all of those folks.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and as a mother myself, it’s a day close to my heart. I’ve already received a hand-painted and decorated frame from my five year old daughter that says: “I love my mom because she gives me presents and reads me a book every night.” My son brought home a beautifully wrapped gift from school yesterday, but he’s old enough to wait until Sunday to give it to me, so I’ll see it then. I love the things they make for me and I sure appreciate their patient teachers who help them with their creative gifts.
For those of you who are assuming this will taste like an African coffee by proximity, this is nothing like most African coffee. The country of Yemen is on the southeast side of the Arabian peninsula (technically in Asia), and it has attributes unique to its location. Yemen coffee is one of the world’s oldest coffee growers, and not much has changed from then to now. This Yemen is a particularly small green bean, without the roundness of a peaberry.
Mother’s Day is close to my heart right now as I raise young children, and have so many friends who are doing the same. I appreciate all the time and love my mom put into raising my siblings and me: and I am in awe of my friends who are such stellar examples of good parenting.
This may be a holiday created by greeting card companies, but it’s a good opportunity to be grateful to the mothers around us. We all have mothers in our lives: whether friends or family. I would love to hear about your mother (whether literal or not), and why you appreciate her in the comment section.
If you have young children, as I do, you probably receive wonderful handmade mementos of their love. My favorite gift in the last month was an unprompted card from my six-year old son with drawings of birds on the outside and an “I love you Mom” inside. It’s tucked away to keep forever. What gift has meant the most to you lately?
My mother happens to be halfway across the world, and for the last few years I’ve sent her a thank you by e-mail. Having two kids of my own has made me realize how much she gave to myself and my three siblings over the years. I am much more grateful now than I was as a child (although judging by my own experience, my cards were probably cuter back then).
If your mother loves coffee, I’m sure you know that we’re the place to get it. We’ve got you covered in the tea, mug, and chocolate department too! But I highly recommend including a handwritten note–I cherish the ones given to me and I’m sure your mother will too!
Happy May! Did you see our ad in the paper on Monday? It was on the weather page, if you still have that edition lying around. The photo above was the central feature of the ad, taken by the lovely Korin of Fowler Hill Photography. We made a last minute attempt to have former employees included in the picture too, and I think nine of them had a flexible enough schedule to make it. Since in the last ten years we’ve had around 150 employees (I counted!), I think it’s probably a good thing not everybody who worked here in the last thirty years showed up. We would have definitely had to find another location for the shot.
This week’s coffee is one of my favorites: our Celebes Kalossi. It’s so good that we have a customer who gets twenty pounds at a time shipped to him. If you’re an Indonesian coffee fan, you’ll love this bean.
Andrew and Will have both been helping around here their entire lives. The level of help has grown as they have, and both of them are now an integral part of the Carolines staff.
Andrew has been our cook, among many other jobs over the years. At the end of this week Andrew will leave for a job in the US Forest Service, so it seems like a good time to say: thank you for all of your help over the years.
Will is still an active member of the Carolines team. He refills our bulk coffees at the SPD Markets twice a week and he is in charge of the regular cleaning of the coffee roaster. Coffee oils plus high temperature leads to quite a baked on product, so this is cleaning that involves a chisel.
Both boys are hardworking and wonderful young men. We know you will both be successful in whatever you choose to do in life. Thank you for all the time you have put in here!