GASP!!! I can almost hear some of you right now gasping with the “Oh NO!” thoughts running through your mind… “What will I do now?”
Well, this is an interesting conundrum we find ourselves in right now. Last season’s crop is gone and this current year’s hasn’t made it here yet. Our partner and source for the fabulous Uganda Kabum beans has run out of inventory. That’s the bad news.
Ready for the good news? Well, of course! The new crop of Kabum beans is on it’s way. They are “on the water”. That means they have been picked, processed, dried, packaged and shipped out from Uganda….literally “on the water” somewhere in between there and here. The initial inspections showed the new crop to be a good one. However, upon arrival the beans will be re-inspected and tested thoroughly before distribution. This helps to ensure what is expected to ship actually ships and arrives in the expected condition.
In the more commercial sides of the coffee industry, supply never really “runs out” because almost everything is a coffee blend that is carefully planned for. The downside is the coffee isn’t near the quality you’ll get from Queen Bee Coffee. I actually like the fact that we can’t get any more Kabum right now. That gives us an “excuse” to get some different inventory on the shelves. Our plans are to get the Kabum back as it becomes available in the near future but for now, we’ll continue to remember the delicious coffee of yesterday and lean forward with anticipation of what is coming around the corner in the near future…..
Happy 4th of July everyone! Since the 4th is on Thursday, we (the Courthouse Square Market) will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
The market will reopen during regular hours on Saturday – 8:00am – Noon.
Be sure to come by and we’ll tell you all about our trip to Honduras. Trust me, bring your patience or be prepared to wave the white flag when you get tired of us talking about it. See you soon!
El Corazon. The Heart. That is what we call our Honduran coffee. It’s where we got our start. The coffee of the Lenca Indians is what gave Queen Bee Coffee its first heartbeat. This summer, we have the opportunity to physically invest in these people- not by purchasing their coffee, but by serving their community. We couldn’t be more excited. Our family will spend two weeks in several villages of Honduras with Frontline Missions and Abundant Life Coffee Group. While this is not a “coffee trip,” we will have the privilege of working with the families that grow our coffee and creating personal relationships with them. Our trip will consist of sharing the gospel through VBS, beginning construction on a home base for Frontline Missions and full time missionary, Greg Hines, and providing medical assistance in various clinics in the area. We covet your prayers as we travel and spend time on mission. It is our desire to be a company that has a vision beyond our personal gain or even our community. We want to make a difference there, yes, but feel a responsibility to go further. We want our children to be first hand witnesses to the poverty in most coffee growing regions and feel a compassion that grows into a desire to bring change. We want for them -and you- to realize that every pound we roast, label, package, and sell is a tiny step in bringing that change. We want to give you a face, not just the name of a country. That’s why we are going. Our prayer is that our hearts, lives, and company will be profoundly influenced by what we witness and that we can convey this to you, our friends, community, and customers.
As our trip approaches, we will be gathering items to take to the Lencas. We will be collecting various medical supplies such as band aids, antibiotic creams, peroxide, hygiene items, old eye-glasses, splints, etc. We would love to fill an entire suitcase with these items. If you would like to be a part of this, please bring them to The Courthouse Square Market on any Saturday in the next few weeks. We’d love to thank you in person and add you to our contact list. That way, we can bombard you with the stories and pictures once we get home! (You can also add your email in the “Keep Up to Date” section on the right and you will be automatically updated with any Queen Bee post.) The Market is opened every Thursday and Friday from 7:30-5:30 as well- we just won’t be there to greet you. You can deposit your items in the box on the counter and we’ll get them Saturday. Thank you so much.
If you have never seen an issue of We Are Henry magazine, you are missing out!!! It’s a great local magazine that showcases some of the gems of Henry County. In the first few issues, there have been lots of great articles about the community. The photography and articles are incredible – no shortcuts in the production at all!
As part of our Saturday mornings at the Courthouse Square Market, we’ve been fortunate enough to have had a chance to talk with some of the folks from We Are Henry. (It’s really cool at the Market because you never know who will be dropping by at any given time. We all love the casual visits with the community. Come try it, you’ll love it too! It’s about way more than great products, it’s about the people!) We have found that they are truly about the community and initiating connections within the community. So… grab a copy, sit down and read about this great place we all call home.
Click here to see the most current issue. On pages 26-27 of the digital issue is an article titled, McDonough… Charming and Progressive. Included in the article is a picture of the ever-changing Courthouse Square Market chalkboard sign on Griffin Street in front of the Chafin Building. If you drive through the downtown McDonough Square and see the sign on the sidewalk, the Market is open!
Come in and see Queen Bee Coffee Company and Flour Power along with all the other local vendors!
Yep, you sure can!
You can come to the Courthouse Square Market on Thursdays and Fridays and grab that coffee you are needing for the office or the house. There will be someone running the market from 7:30a – 5:30p each Thursday and Friday who can help you out.
Coffee (brewed and in bags) is available anytime as well as treats from one of the other vendors – Flour Power. If you need a box of fresh brewed coffee (90 +/- ounces), we can do that too! It only takes about 10 minutes to brew it fresh for you to take it with you…
If one of your normal vendors brings fresh vegetables and such on Saturdays, come on Saturday but if you need something else, just drop by sometime on Thursday or Friday. (AND on Saturday, or course!) During the week, the normal non-perishable items will be available from all vendors’ booths.
Come see us this week!