In Honor of Mothers Day | Meet Andrea
President of One Village Coffee

In honor of Mother’s Day, this Sunday, I'd love to introduce you all to one of my favorite moms and President of One Village Coffee, Andrea Hackman! She is the daughter-in-law of our founder, Steve Hackman, and daily inspires, motivates and reminds our team that we are all a part of a village. I recently asked her about the challenge of balancing her professional life with her family life. Her story inspired me so much I wanted to pass it along to all of you. Here we go...

Jess asked me to write a blog about my life as a working parent.  I wasn’t sure where to start or even begin. What I do know is, I love being a mom and my family is the most important thing in my life. I have a daughter who is 8 and a son who is 4 (almost 5). My husband and I have been married for almost 16 years and we have worked together to be intentional about creating family life that is meaningful.

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It’s not glamorous and it’s not easy – it’s daily small choices. There’s a lot of rhythm to our life that includes, waking up, getting ready, making sure we eat, have lunches packed, and are out the door in time to not be late for school and work. I love how my daughter calls it being grateful for the necessities in life – food, clothing, shelter. As we go our respective ways you will normally hear me say, “Make it good.” as I run out the door. This is a phrase my grandma used to tell my mom, who told me, and now I tell my kids.  Life isn’t always great, it’s not always horrible, but it’s about finding the balance between making it good and meaningful.

I won’t go into a ton of detail about my work life (another blog for another day) because this post is on balancing my life as a whole. What I will say is my kids know what I do and I try to involve them as much as possible. They’ve been here at the roastery, done homework in my office, helped peel labels to put on bags, and know that One Village Coffee is another piece of being a part of our family.

In all honesty, there are times I doubt having a professional career – did I miss out for not spending more time with my kids during their most formative years? A part of me grieves this loss. But, then I look on the gains. If I can be an example to my son and daughter of what it means to find a career that combines your passion and skills – it’s worth it.

They will grow up, they will leave the house, they will be on their own. My hope is that through the years of being in our home, they can lean into their strengths and learn how to manage their weaknesses. And most of all, they can be kind, loving, and respectful people.  My kids are one part of me. My work is another part of me. But, I’m constantly reminding myself that my sole identity isn’t wrapped up in one thing. I am a woman who has a tremendous amount of grit, who gives my all in all I do, and who loves deeply. I believe in the good in humanity and people – that we are One Village.

The hardest part of this balancing act is not putting myself last. I tend to take care of other people and tasks before I take care of myself. Every day brings new experiences and challenges. I would love to hear from other working parents on what has worked for their families! How do you find time to take care of yourself? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers to all the moms (and dads) out there (because we all work) – and I wish that each of you takes time for yourself this week to celebrate how awesome you are!

Bottoms up!

Buy 1, Give 1 | Results Are In!
Donation Results

Back in February we ran a campaign called "Buy 1, Give 1". In this campaign, we at One Village Coffee donated one 12 oz bag of coffee for every 12 oz bag purchased online. The cool part: you decided where the matching bag of coffee went as you completed your online purchase! Today, I'm excited to let you know how your purchase impacted the local food pantries within our communities.

RESULTS

The Founder of One Village Coffee, Steve Hackman, delivered all the coffees to the local food pantries himself!

We couldn't have done this without your support, and we're constantly amazed by this community we are all part of! So without further adieu...

Thank You Villager
The LEGEND of Irish Coffee
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Invented to warm the cold and wary passengers landing at the Shannon International Airport in 1943 by chef Joe Sheridan, Irish Coffee has quickly become a popular beverage shared all around the world! 

Irish Coffee

While spending a short 2 weeks in Adare Ireland, I stumbled upon a very touristy souvenir shop with free flyers and info sheets all about the history within different parts of Ireland. It was there that I found this Irish Coffee recipe and one that I will keep making for years to come! It's warming, heavy like an Irish Guinness, and sweet to cap of your night. Now that St. Patty's day is this weekend, I knew I had to share this recipe with all of you.

I'd love to know how you make this recipe in the comments below!

YOU WILL NEED |

  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • French Pressed Coffee | We used the LEGEND along with THIS French Press recipe
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar (more or less to your taste)
  • Irish Whisky | We used JAMESON

STEPS INVOLVED |

  • STEP 1 | Take your glass and make sure it's warm. We rinsed our glasses with hot water before we began.
  • STEP 2 | Make French Pressed coffee and set aside
  • STEP 3 | Using a stand mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks, and set aside. Essentially you are making "whipped cream"!
  • STEP 4 | Pour in 1 "Jigger" of Irish whiskey (also known as 1.5 oz's) in each glass
  • STEP 5 | Add your sugar, but wait to stir
  • STEP 6 | Fill the glass with the French Pressed LEGEND that was set aside
    • Leave about 1 inch of room at the top of your glass
  • STEP 7 | Now stir the sugar sitting at the bottom of your glass
  • STEP 8 | Top your beverage with the whipped cream you made in step 3
  • STEP 9 | Enjoy this layered drink without mixing the whipped cream into the whisky and coffee. The drink was originally designed for the whisky and coffee to be sipped through the cream on top!
Irish Coffee
Irish Coffee
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Make sure to share a glass with someone you know! Happy St. Patty's Day and as the Irish say...Slainte!