Patience and Creativity


As most of you know, the above bike from Wheelys is an complete marvel and fits our mission very well. Unfortunately, it has been taken a while to get to us because of various circumstances. It has been delayed numerous of times all the while as we plan to connect and set up this business. We have moved forward rather intently with the expectation for this bike and yet it keeps getting pushed back.

So what do you do when what you have planned doesn’t work? What do you do when your whole company idea is wrapped around an idea? Well- you get creative and innovative!

Thankfully the bike is only a simpler way for us to serve coffee and create relationships that can have an eternal impact on a person’s life. With the use of some electricity and water and various supplies, it can be done! Even though the delay of this bike has been disappointing, it has allowed us to be thankful for the skills and supplies we have acquired so that we can be ready to do events, large to small without the bike.

Don’t get me wrong, this BIKE IS A HUGE PART of this business and relationship building. I am not trying to undermine its purpose and our goal at all. Instead, in the presence of ‘lack’ a new approach or the original model is doable still. Instead of being impatient and limited by what ‘we want to do’, we are thankful for this set back as it helps us to be thankful for what we have learned and improve on that.

How about you? What set backs have come into your life that could be opportunities for you to be stronger and thankful for what you do have? Start thinking with gratitude, and patience is not too long off.


Chemex and Roast

At anytime within your life, movement takes place from an outside force. Either you are on board or yelling to get off! Movement also happens way before it is seen. An idea, a force, a concept, an example all can push one to be part of movement. Typically most movements happen regardless of a person’s motive – before long they look back and see their result and influence and then track how that all started. Movements within history all started with a cause, a reason for why they supported, stood up or fought.

To roast coffee, you need some sort of movement. The Coffee Mess has a fluid bed roaster which means hot air is circulated within an container where the beans are kept. This constent movement allows a even roast since all the beans are touched by the circulated heat.

The Chemex is an example of simple movement. It is a large vessel that allows coffee to be extracted into a wonderful cup. As the water is being poured on the grounds, the water engages and creates movement (in this case, it is gravity that pulls the coffee down). One can makes sure this movement is being touched by every ground by agitating (or stir) gently the water and grounds together.

Movement is key to any successful lifestyle or dream endeavor. Without movement, death takes place. Things become stale, pointless, taking up space and at times out of date. Somethings just need a jumpstart for it to move again, other things just need to be laid to rest.

Coffee Connections aims to not just create movement where we are at, but also jumpstart or join movements. Together we can impact a group of people who need movement within their lives!

This Month ONLY!!!

Just wanted to update you on two very important moves we are about to make:
1- Hilliard Fest (Sept. 12 from 10am-8pm). Tim and I will be serving, selling and talking about coffee during this awesome event. Feel free to come and enjoy some coffee!!
2- Wheely’s Bike – I first want to thank those who have personally made a donation to partner with us and make this dream a reality! Thank You. Second, This month only!! Thanks to my friend and co-worker in all things coffee (Tim Hofmann), 100% of all coffee sales that I make will go straight into the final purchase of our Wheelys Coffee Bike! Click on this link to place your order and help us meet our goal!

Why coffee? 

I know- coffee! Some people can’t get enough and others can’t get away from it. This magical bean has become such a large part of our society ever since its discovery. 

So why has this bean have a grip like addiction (ok- it CAN be an addictive substance) to so many people? Besides the obvious factor of a surge of energy that unleashes within a person, one word can sum it up: cool! 

But coffee’s hot some times- I know genius! Just like Apple, there is a cool factor, fitting in factor, consumer pride that kicks in when one drinks coffee. Questions are asked like: what you drinking? Oh, such and such company or the ultimate level of coffee snob- my own roast. And all the snobs say AMEN! But seriously, consumerism is all about the cool factor- if it is useful or tastes good the better. The opposite applies as well, it can be cool but suck and people would still buy it. Or it can taste good but the cool factor isn’t there fully and people keep going back.

Typically coolness factors change over time. Clothing is an example of a roller coaster experience. Coffee at times fall within this factor as well. Yet, in some circles it is a necessity to life not coolness. In some tribes, is a communial experience. Regardless of it usage, coffee is generally consumed in a social context. It is this context (a shared experience) that draws people in. And because it draws people in and draws people in, it is seen as cool and the need arises to be part of that context. 

So why not coffee? Honestly anything can be used but it’s already mass usage can draw momentum quickly.  This momentum can be used to do good in people’s lives, for the community and leak out into the world…cool! 

Coffee|Connection. Creating relationships that have an eternal impact