Posts by Jacob
Jacob firmly believes that a cup of coffee, like any good roller coaster, should be tall, last at least two minutes, and make you scream wildly when properly enjoyed. To Jacob, a community is a place where individuals are free to communicate, to collaborate, and to cooperate. Awesome.
Here at One Village, we’ve always focused on making great coffee, but our real goal has been innovation. We look for better ways to source coffee beans, better way to roast them, better ways to package them, better ways to grind, brew, and even drink them. It’s the reason we’ve traveled to meet coffee farmers in person, the reason we constantly taste test our own products to make sure everything is up to spec, and the reason we’ve built our own dedicated Coffee Lab here at our offices.
While we’ve always been dedicated to coffee, we’ve never felt limited to it. As a company, we’re open to any kind of innovation and today, we’re ready to innovate in a whole new direction. Today we are excited to finally reveal what has been a secret for far too long.
Today we announce One Village Mac & Cheese, our first non-coffee offering.
“It’s amazing how we buy this pasta at our local grocery store without even thinking of where it comes from. Is the macaroni farmer being fairly paid? Were the noodles ethically treated? These are the questions I started asking, and that’s what led us to OVM&C,” says our own Woody DeCasere, formerly just our Chief Coffee Roaster, who will now also function has our Head Noodle Cooker.
Too often, macaroni is thoughtlessly purchased at low prices from grocery store shelves with little thought given to who, exactly, it is profiting. We’ve spent the last year meeting with dozens of people form all over the macaroni industry, from your local storeowner to the macaroni farmers themselves, and we are ready for a new kind of noodle. We’ve tasted macaroni from all over the entire world, traced supply chains, and we are ready to offer you the best noodles you’ve ever eaten.
Keep an eye out at your local grocery store or macaroni shop for One Village Mac & Cheese in the coming weeks. We’ll be launching with two products: the Half Circle Blend and the exclusive-to-One-Village Mongolian Macaroni Medley Microlot.
Once upon an April 19th, we held our first ever public cupping. We opened up our home/headquarters to you lovely people to see exactly what a coffee cupping felt like. To maintain the intimate, personal atmostphere that cupping requires, we limited our event to 10 tickets, and it was a mad race between Facebook and Twitter. All tickets were gone in a matter of minutes.
And we’re doing it all over again! But this time, I’d like to give all you dedicated blog readers a head start. That’s right, all three of you. Even you, mom. Ladies and gentlemen, before the mad rush, your special secret presale ticket access:
Your special secret presale starts today at 6pm and goes until Thursday, May 23 at noon. You can tell friends if you want, but I’m limiting it to 5 tickets max through this presale. After that, just stay tuned for the normal tickets launch. I’m thinking that will be Thursday at 6pm.
I love you all. Thanks for reading.
- Maximum size: 12 inches high, 10 inches wide
- Format: vector PDF or EPS (see more about this acronym nonsense below)
- Color: Your entire design must be printed in a single color. You may suggest an ink and shirt color with your submission.
- Deadline: 12/30/2011
So what are we looking for in a shirt? Just show us what One Village means to you. Good coffee. Local connections. Global community. Whatever you love about us. Beyond that, we tend to like submissions that somehow incorporate something that traces back to our company (our name, our website, a sketch of Woody’s face), but don’t worry too much about it. If we really love your design, but we just want to add something to it about our company, we’ll be in touch with you about that.
Apart from fame beyond belief and superhuman strength, the winner will receive every single one of the following:
- Your winning design printed upon a wonderfully soft T shirt! We’ll send you one.
- Your shirt will also be available for sale at our online store.
- A 3 month supply of our coffee. That’s 4 12oz. bags of your choice of coffee every single month. And a brand new One Village Coffee mug to drink it in. Yeah. Over $200 worth of liquid awesomeness. Boom goes the dynamite.
Ready to submit? Let’s do this.
- Email your submission as an attachment to email@example.com by the end of the day on December 30, 2011.
- In your email, include your name and a color suggestion for both the ink and the shirt fabric.
- You’re welcome to include a phone number or different email address if you’d prefer that we contact you that way.
Got a ton of great ideas? No problem, multiple submissions are totally allowed. Please just submit them each in a separate email. If you have any questions at all about the contest, the rules, your design, or life in general, please send those over to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d love to answer them or let you know if anything’s up with your design before you submit it.
Oh, and about that EPS/PDF stuff. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, it means your design must be a certain format called a vector graphic, rather than a regular image. Basically, a vector is made out of shapes, lines, and colors so that it can be resized to any size, while a regular bitmap image has a specific size. In general, if you’re using a program like Photoshop, GIMP, or Microsoft Paint you’re probably not creating a vector image and we won’t be able to print it and it will be very sad. There are a few programs that are great for creating vector images. Some good ones are Inkscape (totally free) and Adobe Illustrator (totally not free). But we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about any of that or double check anything you’re working on. Just shoot your question and/or attached work in progress to email@example.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP to let you know what’s up.
Note: It’s not just a caffeine high. That date did actually change from what it used to be. We pushed back the deadline due to some site issues that prevented many people from reading this here blog post. So you should now have plenty of time to start over after that horrible coffee spill incident involving your winning design sketch.
Beginning today, One Village Coffee is daring to go where many a coffee company has already gone. We are launching a blog. Of course, the hope is that this little blog will steadily grow and, upon reaching its peak, land us a book deal. The moment that book becomes a bestseller, a movie will be made about us, our blog, you guys, and the story of how we are so incredibly awesome together.
It worked for Julie & Julia.
So, allow me to do some introductions. So while we’re on the subject, I’m Jacob Ford. I run our little website here. The site’s name is currently Fina Tey, but that often changes. Recently, it seemed like a lot of us around here were starting to burst into sudden fits of verbal bloggage. It was starting to get out of hand, so it just seemed like the right time to program a blog so that we could bring those outbursts directly to you, our valued customer.
So how does it all work? Well, it looks like you’re on the right track. All you have to do to see the lastest little surprise parties of amazingness known as our blog posts is go to onevillagecoffee.com/blog, sit back, and commence the smiles. All of us around here will be contributing to the blog, some on a more regular basis. So every post will display the name of the author right below the title. See it up there? If you want to see more posts by a certain author, just click that name up there or find it over on the left. “But,” you ask, “what if I am interested in posts about your lastest coffee roasting adventures, but I’m allergic to clicking on and digging through both Woody and Nelson’s posts separately?” Great question. Just for you, we’ve created categories. They let you read all the posts which are, say, Roaster Ramblings, so you don’t need to dig through a bunch of posts to get right to the good stuff. We’ll also have categories for road trips, local events, and possibly even our upcoming One Village Skydiving Experience. Just like with the authors, you can find all those categories over there on the left.
One more thing. Let’s say you want to send a friend a link to one of our blog posts? Well that’s just dandy! But here’s the problem. If you just send them a link to the blog, the post you wanted them to read will keep getting pushed back as new ones come. So, to get what’s called a permalink to one specific blog post, just click the post’s title and send anyone a link to that page. It will always go to and only to the post you see.
So let’s review. onevillagecoffee.com/blog will always show every posts. You can filter them by author or by category. And you can get a link to one specific post if you want. Any questions or other ideas? Let me know! It’s jacob, followed by one of those cool As with a circle around it, then onevillagecoffee.com.