Logo Explained. Pt.3 – Pour Over Image

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As we continue the saga into explaining our logo, the pour over image is clearly seen. This imagine speaks to us on so many levels because of the significance it plays within our journey.

I have said elsewhere that when we started this journey we knew nothing of business, opening one, and only knew coffee at the store’s and automatic machines. I LITERALLY had no clue where coffee came from, how it is processed, etc. So stepping into a journey that was COMPLETELY outside of our comfort zone was, well not easy. As I learned more and more about coffee, I was beyond shocked when a friend showed me, for the first time, green coffee beans and how to roast them in his Whirly Pop! My world expanded so fast and I had to know where you can get this rare product and roast it to taste something that I had never had before. 13165904_583679968470030_4820068836942583849_n

When moving to Columbus, I would ask locals of favorite coffee shops and roasters. I would visit them and try their black coffee to learn what I was suppose to taste. One shop, in particular, was completely AWE-SHOCKING to me. They had barrels and barrels of coffee beans and there was a person there walking around asking if I needed help. That started a long conversation about beans, roasting, flavor profile, etc. He offered me a pour over and I was like “What is that?” He showed my and walked me through the process. I was completely overwhelmed with the method and taste! It literally pushed me forward to imitate and then innovate this way of brewing coffee.

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I am not lying when I say this, I pushed this method as KING and everyone knew that. When we started with the Coffee Bike, this was my preferred method over any other. It was fresh and gave time to chat with people and get to know them. It fit perfectly with the mission we had in mind about building relationships with people. So when I asked my brother-in-law (Matt) to create a logo for us I had no idea that he would use this imagine till he showed it to us! We completely feel in love with it and it is has now become an “icon” for us. An imagine that invokes good coffee and relationship building.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of methods of brewing coffee that do a fantastic job and I enjoy coffee brewed in various ways. But if I want a nice, enjoyable, relaxing time then I do a pour over and slow myself down. It reminds me to be patient, to enjoy the process and rest. The pour over reminds me that a simple yet complex system can produce a result that is worth enjoying. The pour over reminds me of the many people, time, money and effort it took for me to enjoy this coffee. The pour over allows anyone to pay attention to what they are doing, to be focused, and create something that is so meaningful. It has that power to impress, entertain and yet promotes an “anyone can do this” mentality. I could go on, but you get the idea!

Slow down. Enjoy life because it is short. Connect with someone in a meaningful way. Pour over is the way to go.

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Trust: Easy Come, Easy Go..or is it?

Over the past few months, the world has been hit with so many devastating and disappointing news. Most recently this news has come in the world of sexual harassment. The news is littered with stories… and there’s a common thread: people used their position of power to violate the trust of others.

Trust is a tricky thing. It comes naturally to all humans because we desire to be close to someone. Trust is what makes this closeness possible. Yet when that trust is violated at any point, it is twice as hard to trust again. Trust is necessary for the world and without it we would have a world full of skeptics and nothing but mistrust and destruction. At times when the news feed reads the way it does, it may seem like trust is not possible.

But Uncle Ben in Spiderman’s famous quote “With great power comes great responsibility” can grant insight into trust.  Trust is violated when power is misused to harm someone or something. Regardless if someone has status of influence or not and to what degree it is, everyone has issues and will (if not already) violate trust at some point. Where we people fail to understand and live out is that NO ONE IS IMMUNE! We all make mistakes. The severity maybe different but generally we all make mistakes and thus cannot be trusted (or rather, we can trust when we realize that we all make mistakes and we should expect frail, human beings).

So why is the news painting such a negative picture of high profile people falling from various positions and why does it hit us so hard? I am going to use an old, Biblical term here: Idol. The idea of an idol is to create something (either in our own image or something we desire) and worship — follow, use, need, and focus on it. It becomes this “untouchable” and “perfect” image of whatever you are after. For celebrities or people of influence, this status is all over because of the nature of their job or position. Smaller issues that we normal people would not care about as much are magnified even more when you have that status, thus the fall is great.

There in lies the issue of our failed logic: Some people are more important than others. They become idols and when they fall it leaves an impact, a massive one. They are not superhuman and deserve a different level treatment. They are human beings, just like you and me, and struggles with issues that we all struggle with. To idolize someone, wether you know it or not, needs to be where the mindset and action change. And those with great power, influence and status need to be reminded that they are just like everyone else BUT with a different difference: a Greater Responsibility. Funny how we only focus on the NEGATIVES of people, and do not celebrate the POSITIVES of those who are using their power for great, positive things. Maybe the issue is what we focus on – just a thought.

So how do we live on with trust fully knowing that at any moment, that trust can be violated and cause damage? Would it be better to lock ourselves away and do not come out? No- so I offer this suggestion: Forgiveness. To often we love to hold grudges against people who have done us wrong because it is easier. Forgiveness is much harder because it means you are releasing the person off the hook. NOW it does not mean you have OKAYED what they did, that person needs to repent (again, another Biblical term that means to turn away from and go towards…or in other words, a complete 180 in their life). The repentance isn’t some sort of cheap word and action, but a deep internal change that is seen by all. Forgiveness is the mental and physical understanding that you are like me and you deserve it as much as I do. In this society, we love to demonize people…especially good people. In some way, it is a necessary side affect of our idolization of people. But that demonization should not be continued. Forgiveness, though a harder path, is the higher path because it promotes moving forward for all parties.

Forgiveness at this level, I believe, can only happen through the power of God. And then a re-shift has to be taken into account as to how we view each person we come in contact with and see from various media outlets. I have always said to people, “You need to trust in God because He will never fail you. I have proof of that in my own life and journey. Mainly because people have failed me time and time again. To think it will stop now is stupid. People will fail me all the time and I probably will fail you at times. So don’t put you faith, trust, hope in me…but it in God.” We can do life together as long as you don’t lift me to a higher status because chances are I will disappoint and I do not want you world to crash. I am not planning on doing anything that will violate that trust in any way nor does this give me an excuse to do whatever I want. That is where accountability and honestly comes into the mix to build us both up. Your overall trust cannot and should not be in a idea, feeling, human or object. It will fail you 100% of the time! From my experience, I can trust God no matter what because He has never violated that trust in my life.

The old philosopher and theologian Paul quotes a song that says this about Jesus:

Though he was God,
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    he took the humble position of a slave
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

This passage in a beautiful way points to one main idea: Humility! Some call it “The Divine Disgrace” Why would someone of ultimate status and power give that up to be weak, limited and die for doing nothing wrong? It is crazy, yet trust was not violated. In fact, it shows me that God was building trust with His creation through Jesus. This is not the natural or normal way of human thinking! Most people would do the opposite of this song and say “Screw you all”. But God’s compassion and patience lead Him to make the move first to establish trust to his creation that first turned their backs on Him. Imagine if victims forgive their perpetuators. That is what happened here but in an ultimate wholistic way.

While this is our stance on trust, forgiveness and support – it is in no way EASY! In fact this is very hard but I have learned from experience that forgiveness and repentance have to be lived out in order for healing and restoration to happen. From there, trust can be rebuilt.

My hope is that today you are encouraged to place your trust in the right places, and offer forgiveness.  It is then that we can enter this holiday season, and say, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”