Happy New Year~Looking Ahead
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
November 25th, 2020
“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!
More Than Coffee!
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
Subtle Flavors Great Taste
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
It's a small coffee world
When we moved back to Montana sixteen years ago from Kauai, HI, we could not have further removed ourselves from the coffee industry. The move from management at the largest coffee farm in the United States to an isolated mountain town on the edge of Yellowstone National Park took me away from the ability to remain closely connected with the industry that I worked in for ten years, up to that point. It quickly became apparent after moving back to Montana that not only was I out of the loop with the industry but also, the availability of high quality coffee was all but non existent. It was at this point in 2004 that my wife Laura and I decided to begin the process of using my coffee industry experience to start a coffee roasting business in West Yellowstone, MT. We opened our doors in 2005 and began the long journey of a small "Mom & Pop" startup.
There have been many changes to the coffee industry and our business along the way. The increase in roasters and green coffee brokers over the last ten years has brought new innovations and products, but it has also brought with it new fads, major outside investments and acquisitions, and sometimes questionable practices from the farm level on up. The challenge to find quality raw product and materials at fair and consistent and ethical prices has only gotten harder.
Operating a small coffee roasting business in one of the most isolated communities in the lower 48 states, far away from industry centers, trade shows and events is not without it's challenges but, there are times because of our location next to Yellowstone National Park when those from within the industry happen upon us while visiting. Over the years we have had visitors to our store from across the coffee world. Roasters and coffee brokers from across the country, executives and national sales associates from Starbucks have all visited our store. Innovators in coffee products, coffee farmers and organizations such as Cup of Excellence have all walked through our doors. Old friends from my national sales days as well new acquaintances and, those who I have met only via social media have all found there way to Yellowstone.
The most recent serendipitous meeting occurred this winter. Because of some economic and health challenges over the past few years, as well as a love for Yellowstone National Park, I chose to take a position guiding snowcoaches into the park. It has been an incredible experience sharing Yellowstone with people from around the world. I have had the opportunity to meet and guide a diverse group of people including a surprise meeting with yet another coffee industry professional that loves Yellowstone.
It was a cold, blustery and snowy morning when I loaded a photo tour onto my coach. As we began our day I introduced myself to the photo guide and told him a little about myself. After mentioning the coffee industry, he mentioned that one of the people on board was also in the coffee industry. At our first stop of the day, I approached the man, who looked more than familiar, only to find out that we knew each via social media.
During my time with Kauai Coffee Company I had the opportunity to attend and work at events put on by the National Coffee Association. Because of this past experience I have always followed and shared the associations content on various social media platforms, because the information they share is of value to my customers. A few years back when the NCA hired a new CEO, I immediately connected on Linkedin with him. I kept up with his blogging and continued to share NCA information. Little did he know his love of photography would land him randomly on my snowcoach in the middle of Yellowstone.
I had the pleasure of spending the day with William "Bill" Murray, CEO of the National Coffee Association chasing wildlife in a snow storm. The coffee industry once again came to visit me and, further reinforced the fact that the world is indeed a small place.
At Morning Glory, coffee is our product. Coffee is what we have to offer the world, but for me it is more than the product, it's the inspired people working to make the coffee industry better every day that keep me doing what I do. Even with the challenges ahead for the coffee industry and for our little business I am hopeful to continue along the path of creating great coffee. I hope to continue experiencing those random moments that keep me connected with the great big world of coffee just outside my little mountain town, on the edge of Yellowstone National Park.
For more information about everything coffee checkout the National Coffee Association at www.ncausa.org
For a great cup of coffee check us out at www.morningglorycoffee.net
Day to Day with Autism
The United Nations established April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day to raise consciousness about this lifelong brain development disorder that affects 1 in 68 children and impacts social interactions, learning and communication. Awareness is great but, acceptance and understanding are better. As is with any cause or issue, we must take the knowledge gained and insert it into our daily lives. It's not about one day, it's about every day.
Scott Badesch, president of the Autism Society of America makes this point better than I can. "We must do more than raise awareness — we must call attention to the diverse needs of people with autism and the challenges they face. The greatest message ... is that every person who has an autism diagnosis must be fully respected, valued and be provided a life of the highest dignity, Unfortunately, we are not there yet. Poverty, denial of appropriate and required publication public education, unemployment or significant underemployment, denial of housing options, and way more are unfortunately common characteristics of autistic individuals.”
All too often awareness does not lead to acceptance and understanding in every day life. If the challenges of autism are to be met, it will take a culture shift, and action from all of us. It is my hope that those who read our story, and the stories of others, will take a moment to reflect on their neighbors, friends and those around them in schools, stores, events, and day to day interactions. That they will step outside themselves and help our society truly be more inclusive, not only of those with autism, but also those who live with, work with, and care for those with autism.
Our story is familiar and not unlike many. In many ways our story has been a success, but not without challenges. Some of you may have met Patrick, and if you drink Morning Glory Coffee, then you have enjoyed the results of his natural ability to roast terrific coffee. Patrick was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder just this past week, March 27th, 2017 at the age of 22. Due to a series of life events, other family health issues, and a lack of health insurance coverage, it has taken us seventeen years to reach this point of diagnosis. Patrick has always been high functioning which when he was younger made his differences and difficulties hard to see for those other than immediate family. We did however live the familiar day to day life of many people caring for someone with disabilities. We knew something was different, we just did not have the professional help to address the issue. This meant we were alone as a family to make the best of our situation. We were constantly defending, protecting from, and explaining to strangers and friends. Why does he act that way? You should keep better control of your child. Why do you home school, you should have him in school. Why can't he read, he has to read aloud or leave the group. My favorite has always been... You know what you should do....
After multiple attempts at cub scouts, church school, day camps etc., it became easier to insulate ourselves as a family and spend all our time together rather than expose Patrick, and ourselves to a new set of anxieties and questions, every time we tried to be involved in social or public events. Patrick was for the most part happy doing his thing at home, and as he got older, along with his very supportive brother we were able to attend events and movies with relative ease.
When Patrick turned seventeen we decided to try out roasting coffee as a skill. He was having an easier time with reading and basic social interaction so we felt the timing was right. Patrick took to roasting coffee very easily, making it his own, but then came a new challenge. Our retail and coffee roasting businesses are in the same room. The original intent was so we could interact with, and educate customers. The area where Patrick was working had very little separation from the public. This meant that aggressive customers would randomly ask questions of Patrick, who was unable to reply. The lack of understanding from people was unnerving, and more inappropriate than any of Patrick's behavior or lack of social skills. Customers were pushy and impatient. They would intrude on his work space expecting him to answer questions. This challenge would continue until we installed a larger roasting system, and effectively closed off access to the roasting area from customers.
Our experience in the shop, is a great example of, not only the need for awareness, but also the need for acceptance. Before you charge into and judge a situation without knowing, take a moment to consider that the person you are confronting may be on the spectrum, it is not always obvious at first glance. Patience and understanding are key, everything will be just fine if you take a moment to be considerate of the boundaries of others around you .
As for Patrick, now that he has a diagnosis, a whole new world has opened up for him, to not only to receive help, but to build relationships outside of work, and the immediate family. He will continue to work in the family business, improving his skills as a coffee roaster, and he will confront his challenges with the knowledge that he has a great support group of family and friends. He is also learning that he belongs to an incredible group of individuals worldwide.
I am thankful to the United Nations for creating this day, thankful to everyone working to make life with autism easier to live with, and especially thankful to Patrick, and every person with autism. You make the world a better place to live in.
Here are some great links with information on austism
Autism Science Foundation
Autism Society of America