“Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.”
-Southern Proverb (I guess or my kinfolk just made it up.)
I have been known to say that in the past to folks when something good works out… usually even better than planned. This is certainly the case with our recently released Nitro Coffee. We discovered “nitro” about 9-12 months ago and the seed was planted. Micah began thinking how cool it would be to have something like that in McDonough. Why does all the cool stuff always start in CA or NYC and maybe it does and maybe it doesn’t even make it to the ATL… certainly never to McDonough, right?
Well, he set out to change that in the Fall of last year. He began working on a plan to bring “nitro” to our little cozy shop. What started out as a small idea quickly grew into a “what was I thinking” sort of project. It seems straightforward enough, right?
Just brew come cofeee.
Toss it into a keg.
Whoa… not so fast. Here’s the condensed version. There are a lot of ways you can brew coffee. There are a lot of different coffees you can use. Some ways to brew make a concentrate that you have to dilute but to what ratio do we use? What equipment do we use? How do we serve it? What gas do we use to pressurize the tanks and dispense? Where can I get all this stuff I need? What happened to the taste between cupping, brewing and serving? It changed a lot for sure! I think it is a safe bet that we drank a LOT of nitro coffee just trying to get the process developed and trying to answer all these questions. There were, in fact, a few times that we almost wanted to wave the white flag of surrender on “nitro”. The coffee world is a curious one in that there is so much creativity in it there is just simply no simple way to write or provide directions easily so you sort of have to make your own pathway. That’s part of the journey!
Nitro is basically a coffee served through a stout faucet to create a cascade of bubbles which in turn gives the black coffee a slightly sweet, creamy taste without cream or sugar. At Queen Bee, we use a dark roasted blend that we make in house and cold brew it for 18-24 hours. This results in a very smooth strong base to begin our nitro development. The brewed coffee is then filtered and diluted to the desired strength and kegged and stored under high pressure nitrogen. After a designated time, the nitro coffee is then served through a stout faucet under high pressure nitrogen to deliver an incredibly delicious drink that will surely give you the desire to come back for more.
As part of this product development, we also implemented a method to serve all of our iced coffees on tap. We serve our Panama Joe (caramel, vanilla mousse and island rum flavoring), Seasonal Iced Coffee as well as our Black Iced (flash brewed) coffees on tap.
We’d love to serve you one soon so drop by the shop and sit a spell with us….
This past Saturday was a fun day! I was roasting early when the street light still lit the way. Just me and the roaster making some delicious coffee before we opened for the day. It was a fun day and then we had Queen Bee POPS – Performing on the Patio Saturday. (Click here for a write up on POPS.) It was a fun night where we had some original work performed, some jazz shared on a sax as well as some “Hey! You want to play with us for a song?” performances and some McDonough written poetry! It was our third POPS but it was really the best one yet! Keep in touch with us on Facebook for info about the next events.
UPDATE: Thanks for registering when we had this give-a-way active. The winner was William Meaders. Congratulations!
The paint on the steps is worn, the ivy is still off the house and the polished hardwoods have regained some of their character…. it’s been a wonderful six months with you!
To celebrate, we’re going to celebrate all week long! Get a ticket with each purchase to add to the bowl-of- tickets. We’ll draw at the end of each day for that day’s prize and you can pick it up later. Simple enough. Here’s the schedule of fun we’ve got planned out….
Tuesday – FREE half pound of coffee + cup of coffee
Wednesday – FREE Askinosie Chocolate Bar – YOUR CHOICE! + cup of coffee
Thursday – FREE pound of coffee + cup of coffee
Friday – FREE t-shirt + cup of coffee
Saturday – FREE Keep-Cup (you choose the size and it includes $1 off future drinks!) + cup of coffee
FREE Cup of Coffee daily for SIX MONTHS and a T-Shirt – You’ll get coupons for six months of cups of coffee to use at your discretion. (Note: This will be for hot brewed coffee.)
Details: The end of the week HUGE freebie is a bit more complicated … simply type your email in the “Follow Blog by Email” on the right and you’re registered for the Grand Prize. You will have to confirm your email subscription with an automated email that will get sent to you. This makes sure you’re real and not fake-like. What happens besides or after your registration? Nothing – there’s no “catch”! I told someone recently that our website is where we share our “heart stuff”. This will simply allow you to get notified of anything we post on our website plus you’re automatically registered for the Grand Prize. (That’s not really complicated now is it?) We promise we’ll never compromise your trust in us when you give us your email address. You can unsubscribe at anytime moving forward but you’ll want to register for the grand prize. Share this as often as you want with friends. Anyone can register at any time but we’ll cut the registration off on Sunday, June 8th at 6pm. Later on Sunday night we’ll announce the winner. Good luck!
What’s the scoop on this Family 1st Friday thing??? (Disclaimer: We really like simple so don’t expect anything too complicated, ok?)
It’s really pretty simple – Family 1st Friday…. Put Family 1st on the 1st Friday of every month. What exactly does that mean? Here is our description of what Family 1st Friday is for us…
We have shared with folks from the beginning that we are a family oriented business – meaning family first and a business second. We know that doesn’t necessarily mesh perfectly with how the business world is commonly viewed. However, let us remind you that sometimes the views of the world around us might not always be right. They might be commonplace but that doesn’t necessarily make them right. In an effort to demonstrate how strongly we feel on this matter, we developed Family 1st Friday.
Family 1st Friday is our attempt to make a statement to our immediate family and the community that our family is first always. Let’s start with the first part – “family 1st”. Even though we’ve started a business, we have to make sure not to lose sight of the most important things like family. It doesn’t matter how successful our business is if our family suffers. Therefore we started with the name of “Family 1st”.
Now for the second part, “1st Friday”. We mark the first Friday of each month as a way to designate that we are keeping a regular commitment to support a belief that we hold tightly. Let’s back up a bit. We have choices to make in order to make this happen. We can either say we believe family comes first and hope that we remember to schedule it and show it to our kids or we can make a direct stand on the statement. We think it’s best to make deliberate and clear steps to make sure it happens. If we don’t schedule it, it often doesn’t happen. We’ve asked ourselves and been asked by others, “what about the business you lose on that Friday?” or “what about the folks who show up and don’t know about it?” We strongly believe that if something is important it will cost something in some form or fashion. Clearly, a Friday night can be financially advantageous but we are willing to make that sacrifice in an effort to put “Family 1st”. What about the customers who show up and see the sign that says “we’re sorry, we are closed for Family 1st Friday”? Well, we hope it strikes a chord with them and makes them wonder if they are taking measures to make sure their family is important in their lives and we hope they will come back on Saturday to ask us about it.
The time we have is fleeting and if we don’t all take clear and deliberate steps to grab on to as much of it as possible in the crazy world in which we live, the time will surely slip us by.
We encourage each and every one of you to celebrate Family 1st Friday with us! Go and do something special with your family and then come share with us what it was. We will have the butcher paper on the wall ready for the stories. Does it have to be exotic and exciting every time? No. Does it have to be expensive? No. Does it have to involve lots of planning? Not necessarily. Can it involve these things? Sure it could but it doesn’t have to. Just make some plans and your family will thank you and so will the generations that follow.
What you do today affects what your children do tomorrow.
#tbt Throwback Thursday – a look back in time…. if you had told us 52 weeks from when this picture was taken, we would be holding a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting at our own shop, we would have told you “you’re crazy!” Thankfully, doors have been opened and we have been blessed beyond measure and that is where we find ourselves – at 58 Griffin Street (next to Blumen Trio).
We began selling publicly in the Summer of 2012 in the parking lot next to Courthouse Square Market with a handful of other vendors. One year ago this weekend, the market moved inside the Chafin Building and we took this picture (before we “decked out” our space). Tomorrow at 10am, we hold an official ribbon cutting at 58 Griffin Street thanks to Main Street McDonough Program Program! Come celebrate the new chapter in our business with us!
Thanks to all of our customers who have been a part of this journey so far and we look forward to the days to come and what doors will open that we didn’t even know were there….sort of like this one….. We get nervously excited just wondering what’s next because it may not look like we think it will but we know it will be great!