The Emotional Journey

Isn’t this the God’s honest truth? And unfortunately, it doesn’t happen just once in the life of a business. If you’re growing, you’re probably always somewhere on this curve.

Read more from the original blog post by John Saddington.



It’s so tempting in a competitive culture to always measure your success by how big, how far, how many and how much.

But roasting coffee was never about getting somewhere; it was about the love of process. The feeling of waking up with the birds on a beautiful summer Saturday morning and being the first taste you encountered at the market. The smell of the coffee as it transforms from green to yellow to brown. The feeling of pride as we stamp our bags and send them off to your table. We roast coffee because we love to roast coffee.That is all. That is enough.


Alan Watts & David Lindberg – Why Your Life Is Not A Journey from David Lindberg on Vimeo.

Planting Our Roots in Baltimore

It’s not easy to find a home. But as anyone who feels rooted in a place may tell you, having a home creates a mental shift from which you can draw the strength to grow. Since moving our family to Baltimore we’ve been looking for the perfect space for the business, without much luck. But perhaps the Universe was closing doors so that we would find the window to our future.

That window opened this week when we found a three-story storefront for sale on the historic Old Town Mall, a pedestrian-only shopping district in the heart of the redevelopment of East Baltimore. The former wig shop came with a decade of neglect, six bags of insulation, an air compressor, a tree growing through the roof and a vintage Triumph motorcycle. When the renovations are completed, however, it will be the home to our first specialty retail shop, and the heart of a new community.

Have we told you lately how much we love Baltimore?

Embrace Embarrassment

Recently, we came across this blog post: 7 Strange Questions to Finding Your Life’s Purpose

Here’s one of our favorite sections:

“Great things are, by their very nature, unique and unconventional. Therefore, to achieve them, we must go against the herd mentality. And to do that is scary.

Embrace embarrassment. Feeling foolish is part of the path to achieving something important, something meaningful. The more a major life decision scares you, chances are the more you need to be doing it.”

Well, we’ve certainly embarrassed ourselves plenty along this journey so far but thanks to Carlos, the coffee has helped make that feeling easier to swallow.


The Guest House

A little morning wisdom from the 13th century Sufi poet Rumi…  For those of you on a path to something new, take care of your “visitors” and have faith that they are all messengers for you.


The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Thank You, Bloomingdale Neighborhood Blog

We LOVE our neighborhood, Bloomingdale. From the beautiful historic row houses to the ever-evolving collection of new ideas and businesses, we are proud to call Bloomingdale home. We’re joining forces with Showtime Lounge for a weekend pop-up (or pop-in!) coffee shop. Many thanks to our neighborhood blog for helping spread the news. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Thank You, Eater

Woohoo! We made Eater’s list of “New Places to Get a Caffeine Fix.”


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Thank You, Washington Post Express

We are thrilled to be mentioned along Coexist Coffee in this Washington Post Express piece on “Joe companies with feel-good missions.” Roasting coffee and giving back are certainly two things that make us feel good!

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