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Rally in the Valley Recap

Every month a group of us chummy coffee companies gather to show off our latte art skills and raise money for non-profits in our communities. We call this series of events Rally in the Valley. On May 18th we had the pleasure of having a turn at hosting our second latte throwdown at Flag & Wire! Members of both our coffee and McMinnville communities joined us that night to cheer on their favorite baristas and cool off with beer on our first really hot day of the season.    For this event we chose to put all the proceeds toward the SNACK Program. They are a program local to Yamhill County that focuses on helping families to establish a healthy lifestyle....

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Global Specialty Coffee Expo 2017 - 4 Perspectives!

Every Spring coffee industry folks congregate from all over the world for the Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle, Washington. This year Nick, Kim, Matthew, and Barbara made the trek up there to attend lectures, connect with the community, check out new innovations, and celebrate specialty coffee, of course. Here are each of their perspectives and take-aways from their experiences.                     Nick: I love this event.  The Specialty Coffee Association of America , (or SCAA) has been an important factor in the rise of our industry since 1982.  We at Flag & Wire are relative newcomers--All but one of us were born after 1982. But now that we’re all grown up...

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Happy New Year - A Note from Nick

My mom & dad were Y2K worriers. I don’t throw that out as a judgment--we’ve got some gear and stuff put by for the apocalypse at the Walton house. My parents had Y2K. We’ve got a nameless civilization-ender. An earthquake, or a North Korean Nuke or something.That New Year’s celebration years ago sticks out poignantly in my mind each time we roll the calendar. I remember right where I was at 11:59:59, December 31st, 1999. I remember the the room--heck, I remember the chair I was sitting on. I was having a good time, but I remember there being a small voice or presence in my mind thinking that this could be the end and beginning of something. That maybe...

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Benevolence Program Feature: Friends of Trees

With the beginning of Winter upon us, most of us are spending our Saturday mornings wrapped in a blanket with a warm drink in our mug and enjoying the view of a cold frigid morning from the comfort of the window. On the other side of the glass, somewhere in your community, is a team of volunteers all bundled up with a shovel in their fleece-gloved hands digging and patting away in the cool morning soil.   Thousands of volunteers each year lend a helping hand to our environment and communities by planting trees in different urban and natural areas. The Friends of Trees organization has been active for the past 27 years, and has since assembled thousands of yearly volunteers. From cities,...

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Long Miles - Fostering Relationships with the Global Community

Many relationships start with a cup of coffee. Our relationship with Long Miles has grown thanks to like-minded ideals for coffee and the warm welcoming arms they extend to others. This kind family embodies the notion of "home is where the heart is", having uprooted and established a life for themselves in the midst of their work in the country of Burundi. During their time nestled among the hills they have become part of and contributed greatly to the community there. The Carlson family has an abundant love for their product and all those who have a hand in it.  With always the best of intentions, every idea and action made by Long Miles is incredibly thoughtful. The amount of...

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