We're excited it's November, and we have a lot to be thankful about. Our team at Backyard Beans is thankful for so many things and we want to tell you why.
2016 has been a busy year for Laura and I, as well as the Backyard Beans team. As I look back on the year, there are hundreds of things to be thankful for. First and foremost, Laura gave birth to our daughter, Hailey, in June. We are fortunate to be in a position where Backyard Beans is now our family's sole provider. This could not be done without the hard work and dedication of our employees. Luke and Bobby were joined by Josh in the shop this year. The four of us have worked hard to improve the quality of our coffees as well as the efficiency of our production. In the field, Dan and Sawyer joined Kim to assist in running farmer's markets and work as brand ambassadors at our grocery accounts. The culmination of which led to a very healthy 2016, one that has allowed Backyard Beans to become a recognized name in the Philadelphia metro area. I am thankful for the growth our business has had over the past year, and it would not have been possible without the dedication of our customers and employees, as well as Laura who has had to put up with non-stop coffee talk for the last 3 years.
Thank you all!
I’m thankful for a hot cup of coffee every morning. I know how much work went into brewing that coffee. It didn’t begin this morning…it began yesterday when Matt brought some leftover beans home from work, it began last week when the beans were dropped into the roaster, it began last month when the beans were researched, sourced, and delivered, it began last year when Matt transitioned into a full time business owner, it began years before that when we experimented at home and created Backyard Beans. I am thankful for that pot of coffee Matt brews for me before dawn. I am thankful to have a cup of coffee waiting when our baby Hailey wakes up and we start our day. I am thankful to spend my days working from home with Hailey and a cup of coffee at my fingertips. I’m thankful to be living our dream.
My past year with Backyard Beans has been one with many occasions to be thankful for. First and foremost, I am thankful to have the health to work a job to provide for my wife and I. It's an added benefit to work with some inspiring people in an industry I love. My curiosity about coffee drove me into the industry about 8 years ago. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to turn a hobby and a part-time interest into a full-time career. The direction Backyard Beans is headed is something I am proud to be a part of.
-Bobby, Production Manager
My life has given me many great opportunities to be thankful for! With Backyard Beans, I am able to continue to hone my craft as a roaster, in dialog with the rest of the staff about that process. Roasting can be really fun when you're learning something new, and we're always striving to never stop learning. I also really enjoy getting to try new coffees with my coworkers, and our semi-regular Taco Tuesday outings. As the company has grown, I've also been thankful to see more and more people engaged with the coffees, and hear their excitement about finding a bean they really love, or a new brew method they're going to get into. That communal aspect is very rewarding, and drives me to continually want to keep the quality as high as possible.
-Luke, Head Roaster
I'm very thankful for the few months that I've been with Backyard Beans. I have learned so much from the other employees in this short time. I am thankful to be a part of such a hardworking innovative company. It is inspiring to work with those who don't settle to maintain but are constantly looking to move forward. I am thankful to be able to support myself in a craft trade and to be a part of the community of small businesses in the Philadelphia area. I'm excited to see how we continue to grow and I am proud to be a part of that growth.
-Josh, Production Support
In my life right now there are so many things to be thankful for. Starting with introducing my amazing baby girl Zoe into the world last November to being encouraged by my wife to take steps towards my passion for coffee. The greatest part of working with Backyard Beans is the excitement I get talking to our customers about the beans we roast. I am proud of the way we are able to bring out so many different flavor profiles and give our customers a wide variety of beans to choose from. For all these things and more I am thankful to be able to do what I am passionate about and finding others with my same sense of coffee passion.
-Dan, Demo Specialist/Market Support
There are so many things in my life for which I’m thankful. I’m thankful for the support that my family has given me all throughout my life, from my education as a child to my time at Temple University. The friends I made there and the people I’ve met have been such an integral part of who I am today. They helped me develop my passions and my interests, and they’ve given me more than I could ever hope to return. Alongside of that, I’m thankful for the fact that I get to be part of the team at Backyard Beans as a Brand Ambassador. Two of my greatest passions are people and coffee (not always in that order), and my position at Backyard really combines each of those. So, I’m thankful for a job that I can look forward to every day, and I’m grateful that I get to work alongside such wonderful people in such an interesting environment. It’s rare to be part of a group in which everyone is passionate and committed to what they’re doing. As a new member of the team, I’m excited for the future of this company and the role I can play in it. For that, I am extremely thankful.
-Sawyer, Demo Specialist/Production Support
I'm thankful for the way that Backyard Beans allows us, as employees, to connect with our community at our local farmer's market. I love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and providing them with coffee that I can truly stand behind and say is my favorite brand.
-Kim, Market Support