A busy Door County Fall is winding down. As I sit to write this the wind is audibly blowing leaves about my lawn and the trees are becoming more bare by the minute. This is my favorite time of the year. Donning my sweaters, puffy vests and visiting the quieter hiking trails of fall rank right up there as perfect moments in my life.
If you've been following my Facebook feed at all you will know that fall has been a bit hectic for Door County Love Artisan Granola. It has been a rollercoaster of sorts and full of unknowns. The kitchen that we are currently in is being sold and we needed to find another spot. As the deadline loomed larger and our new facility took longer than expected, the stress levels got higher and higher. My friend and I were baking like mad trying to get our stock built up because we had no idea how long this project was going to take. Questions started arising about Christmas orders and we had no answers for our customers. Last week I had all kinds of people say kind, encouraging words and many sweet interactions with beautiful people. I had an overwhelming feeling that all would be ok. Then, we got word that we are able to stay where we are for a little bit longer helping us get through the Christmas season! YES! RELIEF! We can now make sure that our new location is perfect before having to move all of our equipment and best of all we can start to get ready for the holiday season!
The last of the Pumpkin Spice granola has been baked and will be on retailers shelves and in my online store until the last bag is sold. January will bring Coffee Hazelnut (my personal favorite!) for a seasonal release. As we hope to enter into our new location early in 2017 we will have some fun surprises throughout the year and hoping to add more inventory.
On that note, my husband has been perfecting his coffee roasting skills and we will be selling Kick Ash Coffee online. We have two varieties using at the moment both roasted Medium/Dark. We use the high quality beans from small farming operations. The first is Ethiopian Yrgacheffe a very personal choice for us. It was at Alaska Roasting Company in Fairbanks, Alaska when we were just newlyweds that we learned more about roasting coffee and the beauty in it. Our first exotic coffee was Ethiopian Yrgacheffe and it was love at first sip! We have never forgotten it. The second type is Costa Rican. Our trip last spring we toured a coffee plantation in Costa Rica. It was absolutely fascinating and it solidified our pursuit of roasting coffee. The Ethiopian has a cleaner finish and the Costa Rican has a sweeter finish. Both of them are very smooth and we have been drinking them for the last 6 months or so. We have found that the stomach upset we used to get with other coffees we do not get with these. It may have to do with the fact that they are freshly roasted and not sitting on shelves for a long period of time. Grab a bag as you check out...you won't be disappointed.
Lastly, I hope to be posting on Facebook and adding to our online store some of our Christmas packages for shipping. Granola and coffee travel well and make great Christmas gifts. Why not send a little Door County Love this Christmas?
Thanks for listening and thanks to all of my customers that have been so kind and encouraging. You make the long, hot days of granola baking worth it and I am very thankful!