Building the Silo: A Vision for 2016

Midnight tonight holds with it the pregnant anticipation of new beginnings and fresh starts; of untold promises and the mystery of new adventure; of a new year full of unexpected challenges and sweet, sweet victories.

This is usually the time we start making goals for ourselves, determined to make the next year better than the last. It's a noble pursuit to take on the humility required to grow. But at Silo, we aren't making any New Years resolutions.

No, instead, we're going to keep pressing on towards the goals we've had from the beginning. We've always known we wanted to continue to grow, increasing our capacity to do more good. We've always planned  to see clean water reach those who need it through one of our first and earliest partners, Solea Water. And we're so excited to make tangible steps towards bringing you really good coffee. These are not resolutions, subject to the strength of our own willpower. These are the things this Silo was built on, so 2016 will not bring new directions, but growing even higher on the same foundation.

Coffee + Water

 
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Right now, we hope you've been enjoying our Las Mercedes coffee from Colombia. We've been incredibly blessed to have contacts who have connected us with this microlot, and boy-oh-boy, the coffee has been so good. But starting in 2016, we're excited to finally start getting into the communities where Solea Water is doing their clean water projects as well. This means that as we add new crops and roasts for you to enjoy, we'll have an even more direct relationship with these farmers. We'll be helping these coffee-farming communities economically, while simultaneously providing Solea Water with the ability to provide clean water infrastructure to those same peoples!

To give you juicier details, we know for a fact that Solea will be visiting Haiti and Panama in the first few months of 2016, and we'll be checking out farms in those countries during that time. Hopefully, before too long, we'll have even more varieties of delicious specialty coffee coming your way!

Brewed Coffee in Your Hand

 
 

In a cup, not directly, that is. In case you missed it, we ran a Kickstarter campaign that ran from November 30 through December 14. You all showed up in a huge way, helping us raise $10,000 toward opening a coffee cart! You can read our previous post for some more details on that.

This coffee cart is currently in the planning stages. We're working with our friends over at TechArtista Coworking Center, where the cart will find its home the majority of the time. This is our first major step in getting warm, delicious coffee into your hands. This cart will also be mobile - giving us the flexibility to come meet you at events and the like! We're really excited about this next step that bridges the gap between online sales and a brick-and-mortar shop that is still down the road for us.

Raise Your Mugs to 2016

We wanted to be sure to share our vision for the exciting things coming this year for Silo Coffee + Goods, and we hope that you'll join us as this Silo continues to grow! Here's to 2016 - may good things continue to gather for you and yours!