Meet the Team | Introducing Ben
Meet the Team - Introducing Ben

Last week I sat down with Stacy, our Customer Support Coordinator, in hopes to introduce her to all of you. This week I've done the same thing, but I will be introducing our next vital team member. He's an incredibly hard and dependable worker, as well as thee jukebox master in our production warehouse! Now it's time to say hi to Ben.

1. What is your role at One Village Coffee?

I roast coffee
I package coffee
I send it to our happy customers

2. How long have you been in the specialty coffee industry?

About three years

3. What was it that initiated your love for coffee?

I've enjoyed coffee for a long time, but I became fascinated with it while on a trip to Panama with my dad.  We helped our friend who owns a small coffee farm by roasting his coffee harvest.  Traditional methods were used under the instruction of a local indigenous man.  We roasted coffee all day over open fires using large pots and stirring the coffee constantly with long sticks.

It was quite an amazing sensory experience: watching the coffee change colors from green, to yellow, to golden brown, to a chocolatey brown.  The aromas were incredible as the coffee roasted over our fire, smells like cut grass, fresh baked bread, and roasty campfire.  Even listening to the coffee was exciting as it popped into "first crack" like popcorn and then later like rice krispies in "second crack".

I was hooked!  When I returned from our trip I built my own home roaster and started roasting coffee on the porch.  It wasn't long until I sought out a job as a coffee roaster and now, here I am at One Village Coffee.

Meet the Team

4. What is your favorite coffee to drink or your favorite way to brew coffee?

That's like, "What's your favorite dessert?"... too hard to choose just one.  However, right now I'm loving our Single Origin Guatemala from the Chochajau region (that's a fun word to say).  It tastes bright and juicy with a nice touch of natural sweetness with a clean aftertaste.

If your coffee is freshly roasted like ours, and you pay attention to your ratios (water to coffee), and you grind the beans just before brewing, use any brew method and your coffee will taste outstanding!  Honestly, I typically just use my home drip brewer and the fresh roasted beans make all the difference.

Meet the Team - Say hi to Ben

5. Tell us a random fact about yourself?

Since father's day is coming up, I'm quite excited to share that I will become a dad for the first time later this year!

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Congratulations Ben, and Happy Fathers Day!

Meet the Team | Introducing Stacy
Meet the Team - Stacy

This week I had the opportunity to sit down with non-other then Stacy! She is a vital member of the One Village Coffee team, and now is your chance to get to know her a little better. Feel free to ask Stacy any questions you may have in the comments below.

1. What is your role at One Village Coffee?

My role at One Village Coffee is the Customer Support Coordinator. This means - 

  • I do store visits to check in with our customers 
  • I coordinate events and demos
  • I seek out new accounts 
  • I also fill-in & help out where needed 
Meet the team - Stacy

2. How long have you been working in the coffee industry?

I have been working in the coffee industry for 11 years.

3. What was it that initiated your love for coffee?

I fell in love with coffee twice actually! I started working at Starbucks in 2007; I immediately was enamored by the culture surrounding the trade and the people I met on my journey as a barista. Unfortunately the corporate world was not a good fit for me and I almost abandoned coffee all together. Just before giving up I found a third wave roastery on the mainline that showed me what coffee really was. I learned so much in the two years that I managed the shop. I learned everything from where the coffee comes from and the journey it takes to get to us, to the beautiful art of handcrafted espresso beverages. 

4. What is your favorite coffee drink or brew method?

My favorite coffee beverage is a drip over ice; especially One Village Coffee's spring version of Nomad. Check out this fun Drip Over Ice video we put together for you. You can also find our recipe under this Brew Guide.

5. Tell us a random fact about yourself?

I'm obsessed with all things from the 90's (especially the music)!

Meet the Team - Stacy

Stay tuned as we introduce more of our team members in the coming weeks! Now, what questions do you have for Stacy?

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!