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Fellowship: The Commonality of Coffee, Bread, Fire and…Hobbits (and why Community is not Enough)

Fellowship: The Commonality of Coffee, Bread, Fire and…Hobbits (and why Community is not Enough)

What do coffee, bread, and fire all have in common?  Well, lots actually. For one, there is a limit to their goodness. Too much coffee and you’re getting the jitters. Too much bread and bring on the bloating. Too much fire and…well…no need to be gruesome.But there is something else in common and it serves as the foundation for what we at Drinklings Coffee and Mugs do.  People love coffee for what it does to the brain and the body: it gets them going. As I sit here writing this post, I am myself enjoying a warm cup of caffeinated...

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Why Coffee for Imagination

Why Coffee for Imagination

It goes without saying that one of the lures of modern coffee shops is the potential for such places to synthesize creativity and coffee together under a single roof. Arguably, there are no other modern day American parallels in terms of public spaces and institutions. One can journey across the world and find all sorts of people--even those that don’t particularly like coffee--fraternizing coffee shops as a place to explore their creative potential. Creativity and coffee, it seems, have a symbiotic relationship that our culture has confirmed and approved as a socially sacred space. But while we recognize the importance...

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Moving from “Coffee with a Mission” to “Coffee for Imagination and Fellowship”

Moving from “Coffee with a Mission” to “Coffee for Imagination and Fellowship”

The rebranding, re-missioning, and re-imagining comes in part due to some lessons we learned during our first two years of business which were designated, respectively, by a grand opening year with the typical challenges and by Covid 2020 in which our main prerogative was to simply survive. 

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The Decisions We've Been Making Lately

The Decisions We've Been Making Lately

In part one of this two blog series, I discussed some of the fundamental questions that have been going around our organization for the past several months, noting that Covid-19 and its effect on organizations and, in particular, entrepreneurial pursuits, has provided something of a silver lining. As the pandemic coincided with a rather tumultuous first year of business (as that first year often is), we really had a chance to ask some fundamental questions about who we were in the past, who we were at the present, and who we wanted to be in the future. If you haven't...

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The Questions We've Been Asking Lately

The Questions We've Been Asking Lately

The answer came: we are nothing without our community and that our proximity to that community is fundamental to answering the question of “who do we need to be?” A Drinklings 3.0 was called for and this time the central identifying element to the business was not “the coffee”, it was not “the place”, it was not even “the mission”: it was the community. 

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