SAD NEWS ABOUT OUR COFFEE

On August 1, 2020 Trent and I launched Kaloway Coffee.
Today Kaloway Coffee is no more.

For those of you who are interested in knowing what led us to this decision (and what we're planning to do moving forward) this blog is for you.

When we launched Kaloway Coffee we were in the throws of the pandemic. We had what seemed like unlimited time to consider past dreams, and one of those dreams was to open a coffee shop. Do either of us have a background in coffee? I mean, if you consider working at Tim Horton's for a couple of years during high school a background in coffee then yeah. I guess I did. But truly... no. We didn't.

But neither of us are short on confidence, so we went for it!

We knew 2020 wasn't going to be the year for opening a brick and mortar store, but we figured we'd start with online coffee sales, build a customer base, and then when things leveled out from the pandemic we'd figure out the shop piece.

Fast forward 9 months and there I was. Selling coffee beans at the Wyandotte Farmer's market. It was so scary. I had no idea if anyone would even buy our coffee, but the craziest thing happened. They did! From that I had three opportunities to put our coffee in stores downriver. One we tried. The other two we thought about, and this was our conclusion...

We could expand our coffee brand, but we really wanted to build community. So, we said, "No."

At the beginning of 2022 we were thrown a blow. Trent started having serious issues with acid reflux, and one of the first things he had to cut out of his diet was coffee. Did that mean we had to stop selling it? No. But it did make things a little less exciting.

Where Kaloway is concerned we've always had this underlying desire to help people. Even when we were considering opening a coffee shop it wasn't really to sell coffee. It was to create a space where people felt loved, challenged, and encouraged. Truly at the heart of it was a desire for ministry.

With everything that had happened up to this point in mind, we made a shift. In August of this year we rebranded, and I started blogging. We didn't have 100% clarity, but we knew there were three things we were passionate about and that we thought we could really help people with: Faith, Family, and Finances.

It's only been three and a half months, but in that short time it's become clear that this is the direction we're supposed to go in.

But what about the coffee?

Well, things had been pretty stagnant for awhile, and our vision for growing that portion of Kaloway was fading. And then we got an email from our roastery. Our very small business was (in my own personal translation) like a pebble in their shoe, and things would have to change if we wanted to keep working together.

At that point we were faced with a decision. Do we continue working together and make the necessary changes, find a new roastery to supply our coffee, or just shut things down?

Well, if you read the opening line of the blog you know which decision we made.

You may wonder if we're sorry we sold coffee. The answer is overwhelmingly, "No." We've learned so much over the last two years, not just about coffee, but about business, and for that we're grateful. We've also been able to financially support a plethora of amazing non-profits, and for that we're humbled.

That brings us to you. Selling coffee has been a platform for us to meet and connect with hundreds of people on a level that we wouldn't have otherwise. You are truly why we started this whole thing in the first place, and we feel so overwhelmed that you would support our business and trust us enough to stick around to read our blogs.

Do we know what 2023 has in store? Not entirely. But we do know it'll include sharing helpful content and creating a community of people that want to live a better way. We have a lot of ideas, but we're currently laying them all at the feet of Jesus. (Please be praying for us.)

Can I tell you one thing that has been solidified in my mind over the last couple of years? God has a plan. Not just for us and Kaloway, but for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

We don't often see or understand his plan, but he has one nonetheless.

If you haven't noticed, there's been a common thread throughout our entire story. It's us having no clue and very little expertise, but saying yes to God. The majority of the time that feels really scary. We'd much rather step out in confidence. Yet, here we are. Going scared and trusting God.

So to wrap things up, Kaloway isn't going anywhere, and we're more excited than ever to see God unfold his plans for ALL OF US. Thanks for being here. Here's to new things ❤️

Because there's a better way,
Sarah (and Trent)

7 comments

  • Excited to see where God leads you next!!!

    Jesse
  • Excited for what is ahead for you two, for the season of the coffee business and how God will use this upcoming season ahead for His glory!

    Brandon Faust
  • Patrick, it’s absolutely not a bother! You guys are what’s keeping us going ❤️

    Sue, thank you so much ❤️

    Amber, we love you too!! ❤️❤️

    Sarah Shivley
  • If it’s not a bother, keep up with your peeps. Let us know how things go. Keep showing your great faith and trust.

    patrick joseph wallace
  • If it’s not a bother, keep up with your peeps. Let us know how things go. Keep showing your great faith and trust.

    patrick joseph wallace

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