Morning Glory Coffee & Tea is approaching it's eighteenth birthday this coming month and it seems like forever since we wrote our business plan, with the help of SCORE (Mentors to America's Small Businesses) and an initial loan from the SBA (Small Business Association). Since we opened our doors in June of 2005 we been confronted with many hurdles including various serious family health issues, fluctuating local support due to our town being small with a seasonal economy, government shutdowns and natural disasters affecting Yellowstone National Park, a fire in early 2019, the events involving COVID and, the current inflationary and supply issues that affect our cash flow and ability to maintain raw ingredients and packaging. Through everything we have been able to adapt and at times change our business model to continue growing our Brand and moving forward.
As I write we are currently reopening our retail store front as a packaged coffee and gift shop offering fairtrade, candies, classic books and more, we will not be serving coffee or food. After eighteen years, we remain the only manufacturing business of size in West Yellowstone, Montana, producing branded coffees and teas on-site for online sales and wholesale customers. In a place where the majority of product sold comes in from elsewhere we are proud to be producing and shipping our products with West Yellowstone, Montana on the label all over the country both celebrating our town and Yellowstone National Park.
According to SCORE, 98.6% of all manufacturing companies in the United States are small businesses consistently contributing to local economies and beyond. The more that local dollars circulate the better. According to SCORE every dollar you spend at a small business, 67 cents stays in the local community, and a majority of that (44 cents) goes to the small business owner and the wages and benefits of their employees. This becomes even more important when small businesses purchase from local and regional small manufacturers. Locally manufactured products are extremely important to local economies on all levels. At Morning Glory Coffee & Tea it is our hope that our town will move towards a 'making' economy, and plan future development that will attract small manufacturing businesses.
Lastly we would like to thank the local businesses in West Yellowstone and Southwest Montana that have purchased and sold our products over the last eighteen years. It is only through their support the we have been able to grow our Brand and contribute to our local economy while creating something special for customers from around the world to enjoy.
Laura, Chris, Jo, and Patrick
Spring is arriving slowly here in West Yellowstone but that has not stopped us from producing and shipping your favorite products. As we sit and watch yet another snow storm outside our windows we thought it was the perfect opportunity to give our flavored coffee packaging a fresh new look. You will also be seeing some new flavor offerings over the next few months as we refresh our selections as well. Morning Glory Coffees are never over flavored. The oil of essence that we add after the roasting process elevates an already smooth and balanced coffee with subtle flavors. The addition of cream and sugar further accentuate the flavors creating a distinct and satisfying cup.
Yellowstone National Park will open the interior roads for travel beginning on April 21st and with that we will see the return of visitors from around the world to experience one of the most unique places on planet earth. We will be sharing the day to day of our small business as well at Chris's adventures as a certified guide in the Park. Coffee, tea, fair trade gifts and Yellowstone National Park that's what Morning Glory is all about!
Spring is a time of rebirth here in Yellowstone and we are looking forward to warmer Spring days, new growth and of course new baby's on the landscape!
Thank you for a great Holiday Season
We will be taking a break from online sales until Saturday January 16th.
After multiple family health issues over the past few years, surviving a fire, and a gas leak that resulted in the loss of our Christmas business in 2019, we were hopeful 2020 would be an easier more hopeful year. Little did we know that the struggles of the past was preparing us for the uncertain and chaotic year of 2020. As many of you know we are a small family business, it is just the four us Laura, Chris, Patrick and Joseph creating our coffee and tea products from start to finish. Chris has also been dividing his time as a guide in Yellowstone for additional income. Through the years it has been the loyal support of you, our online customers, along with our wholesale/commercial customers that has allowed us to grow our brand, while providing great tasting coffees, teas, and unique gifts. We look forward to continuing our mission of celebrating Yellowstone, Montana and world heritage with our products in 2021.
Our wish for the New Year is for people to think outside of themselves to make the world a safer more equitable place for all.
Stay Safe ~ Think of Others ~ Wear a Mask
Peace, and see you soon!
Laura, Chris, Patrick, Joseph
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
June 15th marks our fifteenth anniversary of year round business in West Yellowstone, Montana.
Patrick hard at work
Letter from the gang
We started our business fifteen years ago with a mission to create a great cup of coffee while celebrating world heritage, Yellowstone and Montana. Throughout the years we have made every effort possible for a small family business to operate in an equitable, ethical and environmentally responsible manor.
We have and will continue to listen, learn and adapt our processes and purchasing to promote a healthier and more equitable society on a local level and beyond.
We thank our customers and supporters, both local and around the world
for sticking with us and allowing us to produce and provide you with great products over the last fifteen years!
We continue to support organizations such as Doctors without Borders
and SERRV International
American Civil Liberties Union
Best to all,
Laura, Chris, Patrick, Joseph
Did someone say Fair Trade!
We have two great tasting treats for the June Coffee of the Month!
Great flavors to enjoy any time of day
~12oz Grahm Cracker and Decaf Montana Cherry on Sale all of June!~
We have added items to our website from our West Yellowstone Gift Store
Check out our Coffee Hardware, Native Teaching Games, Puppets from Folkmanis, Dover Activity Books and more!
New items added to our website daily!
Sip a cup of Morning Glory Coffee or Tea from a Fair Trade mug, enjoy a thought provoking book. Check out our growing catalog of handcrafted pewter, books and collectibles.
We are no stranger to change here at Morning Glory, we are always adapting our plans, while keeping ourselves focused on new ways to offer great coffees, teas, and specialty products. The unprecedented events of the last few months have, and will continue to challenge us all. For us here at Morning Glory, the challenge is to adapt our business to better serve our customers. We do not know what the future holds, especially for our small community on the edge of Yellowstone Park. We do not know when the retail portion of our business will once again welcome customers. A lot of the future is out of our control, but one thing is for sure, we can still roast great coffees for online sales and local pickup. And, we are excited to add our other products available in our store to our website.
Over the coming days and weeks you will see an ever growing selection on our website of specialty goods, specialty foods, candies, collectibles, toys, coffee hardware, Fairtrade goods and more. Everything you would see on a visit to our store will be available online.
As always thank you for supporting small independent businesses at home and online, and thank you for choosing Morning Glory Coffee & Tea, Inc.
Check out our offerings at www.morningglorycoffee.net
Laura, Chris, Patrick & Joseph
The last few years at Morning Glory Coffee have been full of ups and downs. Family health issues, a fire that stopped our ability to produce coffee for eight weeks, and then a gas leak in our facility that shut us down for another month this November. For a small family operated business the challenges at times were overwhelming. We have been steadily working our way back to a normal routine over the last few months, never losing sight of our mission to provide the best tasting, freshly roasted coffees to our customers.
One thing that does not change in a food manufacturing operation, regardless of challenges, is regulation and inspections. We are regulated and inspected by the State of Montana, Gallatin County Health Department and finally by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We recently were surprised by our friendly FDA inspector, and we are happy to say that we passed our inspection with flying colors.
What does FDA Inspected Mean?
The FDA inspects facilities to insure they meet safety regulations outlined for their facility, industry, or products. In the case of Morning Glory, this is imported, roasted and packaged coffee. The FDA pre-approval inspections, routine inspections, and “for cause” inspections of food processing facilities, dairy farms, and animal feed processors are designed to ensure the products produced are safe to eat, contain no harmful substances, are produced under sanitary conditions, and are truthfully labeled.
We take pride in the products we produce, and although it can make for a stressful day, we welcome inspections and the reassurance that come with them. Now it's time to make more coffee!
Be sure to shop with us at www.morningglorycoffee.net
Those who enjoy their coffees flavored do not want to sacrifice quality, that's why at Morning Glory we source and use the same specialty grade coffee beans as all of our coffee to ensure our flavored coffee is truly the highest quality. Flavored coffee for us is more than the standard flavors like vanilla and hazelnut. We strive to find and offer distinct, different and fun flavors that are unavailable anywhere else. Whether it's your morning cup, with dessert, regular or decaf, want your experience to be special. Our tradition of small batch roasting, and hand flavoring our coffee beans ensures freshness, and a consistent balanced flavor with every cup. Our flavors never overpower the underlying coffee, instead they contribute a subtle note that adds to your experience. Take a look at our selection, we're excited to share cup with you!
Keep an eye out for our monthly special. Each Month we choose a different coffee to highlight with a $2.00 discount!
Here are just a few of our great flavors, all of these, and more are available at www.morningglorycoffee.net
Chris, Laura, Patrick and Jo
We have been having a busy season here in Yellowstone Country, but that has not stopped us from keeping everything fresh, from our factory outlet gift store, to our new website design, and of course our selection of freshly roasted, great tasting coffees. This past July we introduced a new coffee of the month sale. We are offering $2.00 dollars off a monthly selection of 12oz coffee. Be sure to check our website front page along with our social media channels for our coffee of the month announcements so you can save!
Morning Glory is also excited to pass on real savings to you on our 12oz, 2lb and 5lb coffees with new lower pricing! All your favorite regular and flavored 12oz and 5lb selections have been lowered by $1.00 per bag and 2lb selections have been lowered by $3.00. We truly appreciate your business so we are passing on savings from lower raw coffee prices, so you can enjoy the same great quality for less.
As always, we encourage all our customers to share and like us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. It is the relationships that we build with you via social media that allow us to share our positive message of great coffee, the great state of Montana and our incredible backyard, Yellowstone National Park. It is your support and purchases of the products we produce, as a small family business, that will keep us roasting great for years to come.
Chris, Laura, Patrick and Jo