Clue #1…

Where’s Queen Bee Landing Next?

This week we will be playing a game on Facebook… it’s called, “Where’s Queen Bee Landing Next”. (I know, super creative, right?) Here’s how it works. We will post a series of photo clues throughout the week. Pay close attention! If you think you know, come see us at the Courthouse Square Market on Saturday (opened from 8-2) and submit your guess. If you are right, we will award you with a steaming hot, delicious cup of Queen Bee Coffee.

Here’s the first clue – Good luck guessing!

(If you already know and you know you know, make it fun for everyone else and don’t tell quite yet. )

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Share your Sunshine!

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.”  – James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

Recently, we added a new feature to our website called Testimonials. This is a place where you can go and, as James Barrie said years ago, share the sunshine. If you have some sunshine to share, please click on the box below to submit your comments to be reviewed and added to the website. If you have something you’ve said on Facebook or Twitter, I’ll be trying to look through and grab those items and add them soon as well. However, if you don’t submit your comments here, I’ll ask you if it’s ok to post them on the website. (I’m pretty sure that’s not spelled out specifically in our Privacy Policy but it just seems like the right thing to do.)

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Thanks for sharing your sunshine with the rest of us!    -the crew @ Queen Bee

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Our First Has Arrived!!!

It’s been months of pregnant anticipation….just waiting and wondering… When will it happen??? What will it look like??? It was worth it! (Thanks We are Henry! It is an honor to have been asked to be a part of your magazine.)

We knew it was coming but the exact arrival date was unknown….

BUT IT’S HERE!

It’s the summer issue of We Are Henry.

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We have some terrific news.  We Are Henry Magazine approached us back in the Spring to be included their Summer issue. If you are unfamiliar with this magazine, stop what you are doing and look it up NOW!  You are really missing out.  This is a beautiful magazine that highlights the Henry County community.  (You can find it by clicking here.) As you read the articles within its pages, you feel like you are visiting with neighbors.  It is beautifully written and the stories are further told by the gorgeous photography.  We couldn’t be more excited to have been included in such a top notch production.

When you read “our” article, there is a quote that many will pass over and not give a second thought to.  We felt it prudent to clarify.  It is our practice to give 20% of our profits to water projects in Central America, we’ll be glad to show you “the books” if you want.  We were smitten with Honduras after our recent 15 day visit there. We now certainly have a vested interest in the people of La Campa.  However, the article quotes Micah in such a way that one could walk away thinking that we have done much work and drilled many wells in Honduras.  It is our desire to be able to say that one day. We just aren’t there yet and don’t want to mislead anyone.  This part of the article, while very flattering, was not accurately quoted.  You will have to buy a LOT more coffee to make that possible! 🙂 And as you do, we will! We promise! It has been a mind blowing experience to see your support of our business and vision. Thank you for partnering with us!

Please check it out by clicking the button below. You can read it online or grab a copy at the Market when you come for your cup or bag of The South.

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Hard copies of the magazine can be found throughout Henry County at various business, venues and doctor offices.

 

 

 

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Kabum…Temporarily Unavailable

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…..

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Headin’ to Honduras

El CorazonThe 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.

Girl from HondurasAs 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.

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