How do we gather the courage to carry on when fear and loss are felt all around us? How do we take hold of hope and faith in the future when everything is falling apart and we’ve lost all sense of control and security? These are questions facing us everyday...
Coffee, Connection, and Meaning
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Most of us have likely never heard of coffee from Nepal much less ever considered it might be delicious and worth seeking out. Even the most adventurous and accomplished green coffee buyers and roasters react with an almost automated suspicion and skepticism when I tell them I have been seeking out specialty coffee in the remote Himalaya of South Asia. Rarely ones to run from a challenge, in fact at Saint Frank we often run straight for them if there is a new discovery of terroir and flavor to be found and a new story of redemption and hope to be shared.
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If you’ve ever visited our Mission Street Roastery you can’t help but notice a beautiful installation created by lettering artist and designer Dana Tanamachi. This painting illustrates the Isak Dinesen story Babettes Feast, also an Academy Award winning film directed by Gabriel Axel. This story is perfect for the holidays - set in a Danish winter with an elaborate feast shared among family and friends.
When I first started Saint Frank in an effort to distinguish our approach I described our coffees as “relationally sourced”. I have previously addressed my thoughts on the term “direct trade” and how at this stage it isn’t specific enough. You can read my discussion here in Part 1: Commodities...
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There are so many wonderful things about Specialty Coffee that attract and compel different people for different reasons. In my experience working as an origin- traveling and sourcing barista and later building a business around relationship-focused coffee sourcing, the most wonderful thing about specialty coffee to me is its ability to see potential realized in real lives and communities.