April’s Box

Credit to Matthew Hamm for the image

For us North Carolinians the weather is finally getting warmer! Spring is a great time of year here in the Tarheel State, there are all kinds of outdoor activities that open up around this time. We hope that even with this gorgeous weather we’re having you’re all still finding the time to cuddle up with a nice cup of Joe from the comfort of your home. Here’s who you guys will be supporting in this month’s crate:

Oak City Roasters

Owner Billy Landahl is a former engineer turned coffee fanatic who quit his job cold turkey to start roasting coffee. I’m especially excited to feature Billy because he’s made the first locally-roasted coffee I ever tried.  My wife and I were at the North Hills farmer’s market he was offering up some free coffee.  We then purchased a 12oz bag, followed by a cheap blade grinder & french press from Target, and haven’t looked back.

It’s a neat company that’s trying to change the world through coffee with a motto of “Love Locally, Love Globally.”  Since actions speak louder than words, they include special needs adults in their packaging operations, successfully funded a KickStarter to create “Care Cups,” and work directly with farmers to pay them above fair-trade wages.

Bald Bean Coffee

Bald Bean is a family-owned coffee roaster committed to high quality coffee and social awareness. Their beans are fair-trade and proceeds from every sale go to help children with cancer and their families. The idea for Bald Bean began when Harrison McKinion was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10. Chloe Mathias, a little girl Harrison’s age, gave up her birthday and asked friends and family to support Harrison’s cancer treatment fund. From there, the McKinion family and the Mathias family teamed up to start Bald Bean Coffee.

We’re so happy to support companies that are helping others, and to give our subscribers the same opportunity. As you all have seen, it seems to be a common theme with our roasters that they’re supporting a social cause while practicing their craft.

Beans Boro

What started out as a small idea to roast great coffee turned into an amazing coffee sho in Greensboro, NC. In 2009, Performance Coffee Roasters was born with the sole goal of providing great freshly roasted coffees to everyone. Fast forward 3 years later, and a name change to what is now Beans Boro. They have continued to source the highest quality of coffees we can find. You can even come in the shop and watch them roast right in front of you.