Earlier this month, we were named finalists in the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made contest. and voting is underway! You can read my entry and (pretty please) vote for us up to 6 times a day by clicking here.
In November Ryan and I will be heading up to New York City for the American Made Summit at Martha Stewart’s headquarters. Tickets are purchased, hotel is booked, and I can’t wait to be back. I’ve met some really wonderful people at Martha Stewart, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again.
In the meantime, it would mean so much if you took a moment to vote for my small business. You can also see more of what it is we do by checking us out on Martha Stewart’s American Made Market here.
Several months ago we were contacted by Etsy to see if we were interested in participating in their new crowdfunding pilot program. We have been known to keep some very late hours in the studio pressing mugs and were thinking about adding another mug press to allow us to create twice as many mugs each day. The timing couldn’t be better!
Many crowdfunding programs depend on donations, which I wouldn’t have been comfortable asking for. But with Fund on Etsy, contributors are actually pre-ordering a product. I created two new mug designs to choose from for our campaign.
Both designs are on our favorite large 15 ounce, Made in USA mugs. I use one every morning for coffee and every afternoon for tea.
If you have a moment, I would love for you to check out our campaign here. We have until July 14th to reach our goal and will begin shipping mugs right away if we make it there.
Thank you so much for your support! xo, Sarah
For several months now, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes on a very special new product- our own coffee! It has been a very involved process, and I thought it might be fun to share a little about our journey into coffee roasting.
Not too far from our home is our favorite local coffee shop and roaster, Carytown Coffee. When they are roasting beans, the smell wafts onto the main road for everyone to enjoy as we drive by. When Ryan and I decided to develop our own blend, they were naturally our first choice. We started with single origin beans, and set to work on months of experimentation to find the blend and roast that we liked best. Our favorite ended up being a dark blend of French and Italian roasts.
After we finalized the details for our blend, and created our packaging (compostable bags with special earth-friendly linings), our friends at Carytown Coffee roasted our beans and after months of work, we had our very own coffee blend! But we didn’t stop there. After having so much fun with the process, we took the leap and purchased our very own coffee bean roaster and a selection of green coffee beans. The first roast we made was a small batch of our premium dark blend, so that we could list it in our Etsy shop (our Carytown Coffee roasts are available in our own online shop). But since then, we’ve been experimenting with lots of different beans, times, and temperatures. It’s the tastiest science experiment ever, and the kitchen smells amazing all day long! We are planning on an organic medium roast for our second release, but are open to suggestions and requests. Feel free to email us if you have a favorite bean, region, or roast that you’d like to see us make.