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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.
Here is a little more about myself, Christopher Rowe. I own Fortune Talent Dj Service and part owner of Ipseity360 with Rachael Dowling. I have been wanting to open a restaurant for many years that brought down barriers for those with Developmental or Cognitive Disabilities. In August 2019… I told Rachael my idea and it’s all coming to fruition as I write this post. We will be launching our online store that will sell coffee through Grinders Coffee Company (if you haven’t like that page please do). We will take 100% of all profits and invest it into bringing the Cafe and Co-Work space (and another surprise) to The Fox Valley area. We will also be releasing our Ambassadors Program soon. Our Ambassadors will help us sell the coffee to the world. In return the Ambassadors will receive $1 per 12oz. coffee bag sold to their charity of choice through our website. If you are interested in the Ambassadors program join the Grinders VIP Coffee Group. We will be releasing more information in that group.
We are featuring artwork from children and adults that have a developmental or cognitive disability on our labels for our coffee bags. We are bringing awareness and a platform to help many of them with their many endeavors that they are doing themselves to bring awareness.
Our website is getting a few security upgrades and we need to finish up two more pages and then we will push it live here.
Please stay tuned to this page for future updates. We also want to keep in touch with the community. Watch for us at community events in the area too.
We appreciate everyone’s help on making this dream come true. I also want to thank my wife, Lindsey and Son Cam for standing behind me on this the last few months!
Dream Big… Grind On!