March 2017

Increasing Transparency in Colombia One Lot At a Time

In December, our green coffee buyer Ben and bar manager Adam took a train to New York City to cup some delicious microlots from Colombia.  In doing so,  they had a chance to meet Tyler Youngblood of Azahar Coffee and hear his story.  Tyler is doing great work to increase the transparency of coffee sales [...]

Rwanda Koakaka – Rebuilding a Community

After the conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes ended in 1994, the people of Rwanda had to focus their efforts on rebuilding the country's economy.  This created a vacuum created an opportunity for cooperation and healing between the tribes as well as economic growth and recovery.  Since then, members of both tribes have formed [...]

January 2017

Honduras Finca El Caracol – A Roasters Perspective

Sometimes when I get into work, there’s a package waiting for me on my desk. Sometimes it’s in a Fed-Ex envelope, or a USPS box.  Once it was in an unmarked red gift bag with ribbons on top. However these coffee samples come to me, they always fill me with hope and excitement. [...]

December 2016

The Creatives – David Lane

Portrait by Eleni Kontos Whether it’s the space that’s been created, the relationships developed, or the desire to get out of the house, something draws people to places time and time again.  Society calls them regulars but at Joe Bean we prefer to think of them as family. David Lane is no stranger to [...]

The Creatives – Seth Eschelmen

This series was intended to celebrate individuals who follow their relentless creative passion. When you talk to Seth Eshelman, founder of Staach Design, its easy to see the passion he has for his work. Creating space is not just about making an area visually trendy or interesting but about designing an area that [...]

The Creatives – Eleni Kontos

Since the advent of the internet and the ability to share snippets of our lives, we often misrepresent who we are in the digital realm.  This typically isn't purposeful, but the reality is that no one is interested in seeing a picture of your root canal.  What ends up happening is that we [...]

November 2016

The Creatives – Aaron Welcher

Portrait by Eleni Kantos At one point in time the mere mention of a coffee shop brought images of dimly lit rooms with couches and beret wearing individuals engaged in deep conversation. The coffee shop was a haven for creative individuals to connect with others like themselves, away from the rest of the [...]

September 2016

It’s More Than Coffee

The original line opener for this post was something along the lines of, “the story of Burundi is one wrapped in civil war, colonial rule, and a farmer with two goats and a bicycle”.  While that list briefly describes the events that shaped the coffee industry of Burundi, it doesn’t really get at the heart [...]

August 2016

Taste Makers

It is easy to forget that your favorite baristas at Joe Bean are very busy behind the scenes coordinating other activities or educating themselves to be able to provide a great experience when you walk through the door.  One practice particularly common among those working in the coffee industry and appreciated by enthusiasts [...]

March 2016

Behind the Bar with Jim Lake

Behind the Bar is a new series designed to capture the stories and personalities of those who work at Joe Bean. The series is in collaboration with Benjamin Woelk of Slow Road in his ongoing mission to capture the spirit of place and people everywhere. Around the New Year I had the chance to sit down with Jim [...]