Friday, September 25, 2015

I love vinyl

Good evening friendly SRC lovers,
I've been working so hard on the coffee business for the past several years that I think I've neglected to share some other loves of mine. I love vinyl records. It's been a complete dream of mine since high school to collect and own all the Smashing Pumpkins on vinyl along side all of the Beatles vinyl. I always loved music and have spent thousands of hours searching and collecting my favorite tunes. 
Over the years I loved Sam Goody, CD Centre, Virgin Records, Tower Records, Ranch Records and more recently Beat Pharm. 
 What I've noticed is that my favorite shops have closed and moved online. It makes me wish for more of the tangible 1990s and 80s. Music was physical. It spun on a record player or in a CD player.  I enjoy the hunt. Flipping through bins. Ever wondering what will turn up next. 

Perhaps out of a market demand, or my own absolute love for sharing what I like...I've placed my first order of brand new vinyl records for my little shop at 3rd and Main. Solar Roast Coffee will soon have a small selection of new and used vinyls. I'm working with my best friend Dave Ray of Beat Pharm fame to procure the finest classic vinyls to augment the new records. 
I hope people enjoy flipping through the records nearly as much as I have enjoyed looking over lists of available albums. 

Coming in mid October. 

What's your favorite record? What do you want on vinyl?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Share the beans

It's not easy growing a business. It's a laborious and exciting process. Monday comes around and we check voicemail and the email to see what came in. And it never ceases to amaze me to see the unread emails. Orders coming in from all over the country. People who love the beans and love what we make coast to coast. It is quite humbling to realize that people really get what we do. 
How do we grow? I have found that our number one goal is to simply share Solar Roast Coffee with others. I takes 100s of phone calls and emails to reach the coffee buyers, but eventually persistence wins over. Just this week a new store gave us a shot in Indiana. It took 26 connections to get that shot!
While in the same week another customer added us after 3 connections. 
It's thrilling. 
I'm going to make 100 phone calls this week and see who I meet! 
It really is just about sharing our love for coffee with others. 
When you make the worlds best coffee and only solar powered coffee, it's easy to share!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New office digs

I'm sitting in my new office that I share with my lovely wife Jessica!! It is so awesome to finally be out of the basement. No longer will I have to suffer through leaky water lines dripping onto and shorting out the phone lines! I have a few stories to tell about phone lines. But I don't want to bore you with my anecdotal realizations about telecommunications and water. 

In any case. Things are moving up! Our product sharing and support team has been most excellent. SRC can now be found in 42 states, including euphoria!