Living Lessons


Summer break is over! Well, I wasn’t on summer break, but apparently I haven’t posted anything all summer! How embarrassing… Where have I been? Here! Working, and sadly, blogging less. It’s been busy and often I hardly find even five minutes to myself per day, and then I’m wrapped up in projects that I don’t take the time to document, which is the purpose of this blog. I know it’s not about...

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“You can’t please everyone.” We all know this, but this phrase takes on a whole new meaning when you have your own business, and it’s not really a fun lesson to learn. As coffee shop owners, we thrive in providing a tasty experience others can enjoy and leave with a smile. But the reality is… not everyone will, and you often realize this in the form of a bad review *gasp*. It’s a terrible feeling;...

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Some things in isolation aren’t a big deal, but when it happens in a stream of events it really takes a toll. That’s a little of how this last month was. I was feeling the weight of everything from being sick, busy, dealing with personal and work matters, and all these things were building up and being magnified upon each other. I found myself wondering, “why am I doing this to myself?” Why couldn’t I...

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I woke up feeling terrible, but looking forward to a day off tomorrow. “Just one more day… ” The last week had been so packed; days were growing increasingly busy (a good problem to have), and we had our first two coffee cart events in one week (exciting steps too)! Yet in the midst of everything I felt myself getting sick, and with not even a moment to myself I was getting worn out and worried that without rest...

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Starting any business involves feeling the pressures of the industry. In the coffee world, there can be a number of big or small demands: elaborate latte art, profound tasting notes, entertaining social media, tight branding, or other fanciness and trends. Some coffee shops throw it all to the wind for whatever reason, but then risk falling short of customer expectations or becoming outdated. Is there a balance between these extremes?...

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