This past weekend I had the opportunity to serve coffee at Journeyman Distillery for the Artisan Market. As I drove back to our coffee shop after the long day on my feet I was struck by a handful of things, some simple (my feet really hurt!) and some things requiring more thought and response. This blog is a result of the things requiring more response.
I love to drive and most of the time when I drive I quickly grow bored with the standard route and so I take lots of detours. Saturday night’s detour involved Flynn road and a mental detour. As my mind wandered I was caught by the days events mostly marked by the people who walked through the door at Journeyman. One by one I was greeted by people, some I knew by name, seeing them so regularly over the last three years that I was also greeted with a hug and others I only know by seeing their face regularly in our coffee shop. But when I take both of those groups of people I already feel very fortunate and blessed to be part of a community that we know as Sawyer, MI. But my thoughts went on from there…
I met a number of people that I didn’t know at all, that informed me that they had been in our coffee shop even earlier that morning or afternoon and then had come over to Journeyman to check out the Artisan market. This affected me also, because I realize that I live and own a business in a community that believes in and supports small businesses, not just mine. I owe all of you a great debt of gratitude for your faithfulness and support over the past three or four years, from coffee sampling in the tap room at Greenbush, to the extreme heat and rain of the two summers of the Coffee Cart and finally to this past summer in our brick and mortar coffee shop, I thank all of you.
There is one final group that blesses me. This group is our staff, they serve out at the counter, behind the espresso machine and in the back, next to the roaster every day. Infusco would not be what it is today without each of these individuals and there are not words to express what each of them mean to me personally and how they affect the product that we gather around every day.
Coffee for me is not just a wonderful drink that I love, but a medium that allows me to connect and interact with a community that has been gracious enough to let me join it’s rank and share in its growth. Thank you, thank you and again thank you!
Last month Infusco held it’s first Coffee Cupping in the shop, and it was a great success! Ticket buyers had a great time exploring the look, feel, and flavor of many different coffee beans and blends. If you came out for this fun evening, Infusco thanks you! If not, be sure to join us next time!
Between rounds of coffee tasting, Jeff and Tammi Brown shared about the work they will be doing in Costa Rica, which the coffee cupping helped to support. Ronny and Kari Silva also shared what they will be doing when they return to Peru. You can learn more about both families and their goals in our previous post.
Everyone in attendance was invited into the back room of the shop, where all of Infusco’s beans are roasted. Rich fired up a batch and showed examples of the coffee beans when they are received from the farms, before they are roasted.
After roasting, the beans turn a lovely brown, which was seen at the counter in both whole bean and ground forms during the cupping.
One lucky winner took home an Infusco shirt and diner mug, both of which are for sale in the coffee shop, and every one enjoyed these delicious snacks and desserts from Bit of Swiss Bakery.
If you’ve been to visit our shop in Sawyer (and if you haven’t you should!) you might have noticed these fun shirts for sale on the merchandise table. For those who don’t know what they are, aside from the impression of a man’s hairy face, the message of these shirts is to Support Locally Grown Facial Hair. A clever play on words, these shirts make a great conversation starter for anyone who wears them!
On a serious note, the creator of these shirts, Wade, was recently in a bad work-related accident. He’s going to be out of commission for a bit. Wade is a great friend of Infusco, so we’d love it if you came over and took some of his merchandise home! If wearing eyebrows and a beard on your shirt isn’t your thing, Wade also hand carves wooden rings which are also available in the Infusco shop.
So next time you stop in for coffee, Support Locally Grown Facial Hair, too, and bring some good news to a friend of a friend.