Cheers to you, Ms. Reynolds! December 29 2016
Hello My Coffee & Life Loving friends,
Last night, we lost another legend. Debbie Reynolds was a leading lady of the Golden era of film. When she came back in 1996 in the movie 'Mother' the comedy, she was as endearing and as legitimate as an actress as she was 20 years prior. To summarize who she was, in a few words to me as a fan of film in all its eras, she came off as charming, classy, and gorgeous. A doll. Like the saying, "they don't make them like they used to".
Debbie passed on December 28th. A day after her daughter, Carrie passed away. What appeals to me about Debbie and Carrie was their relationship with one another in adulthood. A mother and daughter relationship can be complicated, and trying. And, like anything that is complicated and trying, it's because it holds great significance in its complexities. Your mom knows you. You know your mother understands your mind, your body, your womanhood, your personality, your soul. From a daughter's perspective, it is one of the greatest gifts of a relationship you can have.
Whatever awaits us, I hope both Debbie and Carrie her daughter, are with one another. These two powerful "empaths" leave Earth with fine legacies. One of the most attractive things about Debbie Reynolds as a person, is that she was ahead of her time. When I look back on her work, I see a youthful, yet wise force, as bright as the sun. I saw that genuine shine in interviews she had done as recently as a few years ago, where she spoke so candidly, and with a self deprecating humor you couldn't help but admire. She recently spoke of her relationships, and Carrie, her "Star Wars princess". She seemed timeless with a youthful expression that never faded.
I know some people aren't as fortunate as others when it comes to parents, dependent on circumstances. If you are lucky, there is nothing like the bond between a mother and daughter-- Especially a relationship where a mother accepts her daughter with understanding, love, and joy, the way Debbie did Carrie. I know this love and acceptance from my own mother. We have had our ups and downs because life is difficult and quite the ride. Yet after a while, if your mom supports and understands your core, you tend to feel complete in a way that only a mother can make you feel with their acceptance and warmth.
This week has me reflecting on the greats, especially the BOLD women. I believe in the spirits and souls within us. I believe we are given a shell. If you learn to love what is inside your shell, and appreciate your spirit, and see others for who their spirit is, not their shell, I believe you have found the meaning of life. You still must move forth in the world, with the biases that live externally in regards to your shell. Which brings me back to the topic at hand, these two women, who handled being women with a grace and charisma. That should make any woman proud to be in a woman's shell. Their souls were fiery, brave, and unapologetic.
These two spirits knew who they were. They lived openly and honestly. Here in Greater Seattle, that gives me more reason, to keep singin' in the rain.
We Cheers to you, Ms.Reynolds!
As I wrote this, my first cup of the day is Honduras San Antonio- Las Botijas
Ripe Palatanos, Deep Caramel, Sweet Cocoa notes
Almost 2017, and there is a lot to do... December 27 2016
I hope everyone had an epic Christmas! There is a feeling in the air, despite it all, that we are feeling closer to our friends and family. Also, that we are thinking about what matters most, what's tangible and how fragile and short life is. Let's cheers to fabulous coffee, the highest graded, specialty reserve, micro batched just for you! Let's cheers to the risk takers and farmers that bring these harvests to life! Thank you for all you do farmers, analysts, writers, exporters, and importers down the agricultural, multicultural, and business line! Most if all Mother Earth!
Twenty Seventeen is going to be a FABULOUS year. If there is a hot cup of coffee around to sip on, life is good. No matter where you are, who you are with, what you are doing, life is GRAND with a hot or cold brew in possession. <3
As for your roaster, I am working on so much today...The Host(ess) box- which really, if someone is throwing a party, let's help them wind everyone down after drinks, with some fresh cocoa and coffee, and scrubs for he or she post party for coffee bath, and a few cocktails for them etc. Or for yourself!
Cinnakin Spice had another KILLA year. It's gone from the worldly menu until next year! You Conquistadors know how to do it all natural, and deliciously fair.
We are almost sold out of the 'Sweet Memories box' and once the themed boxes are gone, they are GONE! I am searching for the finest goods around the PNW and the rest of the US, to partner and create these boxes. One we try them out, we then try brand new vendors out. If we like something, we will bring it back! That is how many fantastic small businesses there are running out here right now. Sourced fairly and crafted in the USA is our standard.
Furthermore, the shirts, the mugs you all have been requesting, and pricing for the new year are being handled! We upgraded the shop account wise and I am excited about 2017. I have done this slow but meticulously. Our seed money was lkiterally a road trip and 8 lbs of green beans from a remote region of Colombia from the family farms. Point is, we started this from scratch. Organically. We have all done it together. Even if you just got here, this is a passion project from dreams, that is so much more than coffee- it's about life and reinvention.
This is your micro-batch roastery, webshop, small business, love fest, and YOUR place you shop to get your life fuel, to be bold, live free, and never settle!
We love you guys, I am grateful for all your orders. We will build and get out there more so people know who we are even more THIS coming up year. What's great is it is starting to happen more and more this year, and we did it with LOVE and taking chances and being Bold, and being driven, Living Free! Being who we are! Never Settling!
Fact is, Nothing is possible without you guys!
MAD LOVE & ABUNDANCE, and very shortly Happy 2017! Cheers to you!
Mad Love Forever,