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We're in this Together.

We created our Spring/Summer 2020 Wonder Menu by naming world heritage sites with deep and sometimes ancient historical significance that are important to all of humanity. Sites referenced spanned from the ancient cities of Balkh and Palmyra, to the Strait of Jabal Tariq (Gibraltar), to Teotihuacan. We named our signature pour over for one of the world’s liveliest squares, Marrakech’s Jemaa El-Fnaa, and another drink for Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory.   Our drink, Palmyra, was a nod to the fact that Palmyra was at the Western end of the ancient spice routes, and that it came to prominence as a crossroads and trading center for caravans traveling from distant lands. The featured spices highlighted the multicultural influences that converged, cohabitated...

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NEOWISE photo collaboration by David Solow & Kristy Maney Herron + We're In This Together Autumn Menu Precursor

Wonder is a word we use to refer to the spirit of what we're after in serving y'all. This spring in the chaos of covid-19 our communications specialist and Little Waves Coffee wholesale manager, Alyssa Noble, added the word vibrance to what we've been keeping on our minds through the spring and summer. This photograph came out of the desire to share both.  Composite Photo by David Solow + Kristy Maney Herron We're sharing it with you now to set the stage for the wrapping up of our current wonder menu, and to launch our coming menu.  It's going to be called "We're in This Together" and be a menu in which each item will be made via collaboration. To start...

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discourse + dissent ---> patriotism. our rotating box set of contrasting coffees.

I have some of my clearest thoughts as I wake up. Our new coffee series Discourse & Dissent came in a waking dream, thoughts surfacing on what patriotism means and freedom as something that needs to be asserted in order to keep its significance. As I awoke I was thinking that it is up to societies to decide, again and again, defining and asserting what Freedom means. For me, the 4th of July is a mark each year to consider this question. Being informed and engaging in vigorous discourse and dissent when one deems it is necessary is what the 4th of July is about. Examples:  https://www.nps.gov/articles/sojourner-truth.htm https://time.com/5614930/frederick-douglass-fourth-of-july/ https://rbscp.lib.rochester.edu/2945 . . Our first two choices in this rotating series of contrasting...

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A note from Leon on the name of our Father's Day coffee, Father's Day, Mom and Grandpa Andy.

Cigars, Newspapers, and Rings is a coffee blend we created in honor of Leon's Grandpa Andrew Fontana for Father's Day. A man who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, was a dedicated worker, and a nurturing father with an upbeat attitude no matter what. This blend is a celebration of all nurturing and tender fathers and father figures in this world. We want to also take a moment to celebrate black fathers and black mothers taking on double roles and the hard work they have to protect their children from a system that time and time again has told them they do not matter. We love you and see you.    Grandpa Fontana is the youngest boy on the bottom...

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Our Black Community. Love and Respect.

. My dearest black community, You are worthy of love, respect, joy, flourishing, abundance, celebrating, and accomplishing your dreams. You are worthy of living and breathing and existing.  I cannot even begin to imagine the weight, trauma, and suffering that you are feeling. This includes the folks on our team and in our family. As a Latina, this hurt weighs heavy on my heart because our people also suffer from systemic oppression. And yet as non-black Latinx people, we must face our own anti-blackness and thoughts that have been ingrained in us by just existing in this world. We can do so much better as a human race to treat each other with kindness, compassion, consent, and respect. And we...

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