Turning the knob-like dial on the TV set and straightening the antennas waiting for a signal to come in. The smell of freshly brewed coffee in the air. And sitting on the ground while swirling my spoon through a bowl of cereal. I still remember watching Sesame Street on a small black-and-white television set at my friend Nichole’s house.
Isn’t it funny how the everyday morning routine becomes ingrained into our memories?
Just like other children’s programs that have immortalized their way into our hearts – I don’t think the creators of Sesame Street knew these puppets would become icons to children all over the globe.
Even with ground breaking characters like Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch, chances are, if Caroll Spinney had walked past you on the sidewalk, you wouldn’t have paid much attention to him.
In an interview with Yankee Magazine, Caroll said, “I’ve gotten used to the fact that Big Bird’s super famous and I’m a nobody… I made my peace with it. I’m glad I’m not recognizable.”
Maybe I’m strange… But that is my goal too.
I want to make big waves in my community in the world. And I’m 100% okay with no one knowing who I am. actually, that would be preferred.
With Christmas right around the corner, isn’t that one of the many joys of the season? Whether you are donating to your favorite charity, or leaving a gift on the neighbors porch. there is something exciting and wonderful about being a secret gift giver.
And as we probably all know by now (even though we might not want to admit it) It is the “regular” moments filled with meaning and love that stand out.
Just like Big Bird showing up on our TVs every day, these “regular” moments are the ones we treasure. The moments that encouraged us. The moments that showed us joy in the simple things.
Show up daily.
Find joy in the everyday tasks.
Take the time to be Big Bird to someone else in your home or community.
Dream big. Grind on.
Hey! It’s me, Rachael. I’m the other co-founder of Grinders Coffee Company… and I have a confession to make.
I read a post this week that really hit me. Instant goosebumps. Maybe you read it too.
This modern-day Goldilocks story was written by the mom of a little girl who had a prosthetic leg. She talks about the struggles she had in trying to find her daughter a dance class to join.
One dance class completely rejected her daughter joining.
One dance class allowed her to join, but wasn’t willing to adjust the dance routine so she could fully participate.
And finally, they found a dance class that was willing to let her join – and even revised the dance routine so that she could adapt and thrive in class.
The third class was just right.
I knew some of the struggles people in the disabled community dealt with – but this article struck a cord in my heart.
Confession: Have I done this? Have I made someone feel this way?
If we’re being honest, our society has done a terrible job of adapting to the disabled community. And I think it’s because we’re honestly confused about how to. And we’ve been too embarrassed to admit it.
“People with autism, intellectual, and/or developmental differences are smart… many companies fail to recognize their potential, or don’t know how to hire and train these qualified candidates.”
-Nicole Sexton, EIF President and CEO
That’s why our mission needs to become a reality. People with disabilities are smart. But how do we train them for the workforce? To live independently? Why hasn’t the 81% unemployment rate – the highest in any demographic – woken us up to the need?
Our vision is to have a job training center where all people can come to be trained and accepted. This goes beyond making changes to the layout of a store. This has to do with having the time to slow down, and being willing to allow someone to do things – in their own way, at their own pace.
We’re ready to slow down. We’re ready to let people learn at their own pace. The goal is to let people with cognitive and developmental disabilities learn real job skills and become prepared for independent living.
Opening this coffee shop/job training center is just the first wave. We have so much planned.
So, how can you help?
Do you drink coffee? Or know someone who does?
Our online shop is open, and you can buy our coffee right now! One hundred % of all proceeds are going to opening our coffee shop. That’s right. We’re not taking a paycheck. That’s how dedicated we are to seeing this happen.
For sticking in there and reading this article, I’d love to give you a coupon for $1 off any order. Just enter the promo code: Confession
Thank you for helping support our mission. I can’t wait to make this a reality.
Dream Big… Grind On.
The question is to grind or not to grind. What do we mean by that… You can order whole bean and grind your own beans as you use them or you can order your coffee ground.
What is the benefit to ordering whole bean coffee?
Whole bean coffee stays fresh for roughly 30 days. Ground coffee stays fresh for about 7 to 14 days. So we recommend ordering your coffee in whole bean and grinding it as you need it to prolong the life of your coffee. I purchase my coffee as whole beans and grind them as I need them.
Is there different grounds?
Why yes there is… I bet you didn’t know that there is different choices in the coarse of grinds. Here are different options for grinding your coffees.
- Course Grind (Chunky) – For French Press and Cold Brew
- Medium – Course (Less Chunky) – Pour Over
- Medium (Sea Salt) – For Machine Drip and Siphon
- Fine (Table Salt) – Moka Pot (Espresso)
- Extra Fine (Powered Sugar) – Turkish Coffee Pot
How should I grind my beans?
I have been known to use many different kitchen appliances to grind my beans. When you are desperate to get your coffee, I do what I need to do. I have used the coffee/spice grinders, blender, nutri-bullet, and even tried a knife and meat tenderizer.
It is recommended to use a “burr” grinder. These are the most precise types of grinders currently out there. The coffee/spice grinders are the least recommended option to grind your coffee beans. The coffee/spice grinders do not have a uniform consistency that the burr grinders have. You can find burr grinders in the price range of $20 – $300. You really get what you pay for when you buy the coffee grinders, however if you grind a few times a week you could get away with purchasing a $20 – $50 grinder and be perfectly contempt.
Should I freeze my beans or grounds?
It is ok to freeze your coffee for long periods of time. If you can’t freeze your coffee then it is recommended to put it in an airtight container. If you freeze your coffee, it is best to freeze it as “beans” and not ground. Also if you are going to free them it is recommended to have them in a double zipper or freezer bag to help prevent freezer burn and the beans from absorbing the smell/tastes of other items in the freezer. Moisture is the enemy of your coffee, and refrigerating or freezing them can add unwanted moisture in your coffee. I would recommend to freeze the beans, but not the grounds if needed. If you can take out what you need for beans at a week at a time and grind them and keep them in an airtight container as you use them. Otherwise keep your beans in a cool dry place in your pantry or cupboard.
I would recommend to purchase your coffee in whole bean. Store them in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Use a burr grinder with a small hopper for your beans for home/personal use. I would then set the burr grinder to the setting that best fits how you are going to brew your coffee.