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5 years is a good chunk of time...

In 2012 we decided to open a coffee shop, Kim & I.  We knew that it was the right next step for us as a business and as a company.  And at the time we were both the business and the company...  It was just the two of us.  Look how cute we were.  Look how full of ambition.  Adorbs. We began the process of planning our move.  We were living and roasting in Corvallis at the time, and we planned to put down some more solid roots there.  But we did already have some traction and momentum in McMinnville having moved to Corvallis just the previous year from Sheridan, and when it came right down to it, we added up all of...

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A Family Place

On October 14th, 2013 the local non-profit A Family Place launched in Yamhill county as an active Relief Nursery to aid families in the community. The role of a Relief Nursery is to serve high-risk families in order to prevent child abuse and ensure their safety. The ideation is that a good early childhood development should be available and a right to everyone. This in turn is an investment in the future of the community. A Family Place is focused on looking for answers that last, not just a temporary solution. They offer a variety or services that have been derived from research-based principles proven to work in these situations and environments. These range from parent education, to specialized preschool...

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Abebayehu Ethiopian Farmers Project --- Guest Blog: Emily McIntyre

Flag & Wire states on its home page that its coffees are “fairly & compassionately sourced, roasted, and prepared”. It's a big claim. I’ve been working in coffee for nine years going on a lifetime. I can’t count how many companies I’ve heard make claims along the same lines, claims that tend to break down when you question a bit or look past the surface. Flag & Wire is different, though. Hi. I’m Emily McIntyre, cofounder of Catalyst Coffee Consulting, Crema.co, and a coffee writer/photographer who has worked all over the world in coffee. My cofounder/husband Michael and I search for partners who share our core values and vision to be part of the lever that shifts coffee globally to...

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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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