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Long Gone Update

We are here…

We’ve been away for quite some time, just doing life, working on projects at home and learning together as a family. Evan has been working on an organic farm out in Chelsea since April of 2016, but as this year is coming to a close, he’s looking to bring work and social life back closer to home. We miss serving coffee in our hometown community and are looking for ways to get back into it once again.

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One way that this is going to happen for us in the short term will be through Evan working at Grass Lake’s newest coffee shop…a sweet little place called Roaming Goat Coffee! He’s excited to get back into brewing and serving the best espresso and coffee in all of Jackson county. Roaming Goat serves up great varietals from local roasters such as Hyperion Coffee, and other specialty coffees as well…not to mention, the best quality locally made salads, soups, and baked goods!!

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After almost a 2 year hiatus from coffee, we’re ready to have a place to get together with people, share warm, tasty beverages, discuss ideas, and tell stories. For us, this will be a good first step toward our goal of reopening Cuppa, eventually. Yes, it is still our hope that we will open once again in the space downtown that is slated to become the Mercado on Michigan. And Roaming Goat will be a great source of inspiration and hope for the greater coffee community in Jackson.

…and so are you.

Chance and circumstance have delayed the process of re-establishing Cuppa for many reasons, but we have felt strongly that the Mercado is the only place we want to reopen, and that the presence of this place among the downtown business community will be transformative for our city…so we want to be a part of it!

We also want to be a part of the burgeoning community of deep local businesses and other entrepreneurial endeavors that seek to build others up, support our local economy, and foster goodwill among everyone who calls Jackson home. It’s great to see fresh and inspiring projects like Community Vibrations, We Made It and American Trash Studios, and other various places popping up downtown.

New adventures!

Another reason that we have not been urgently trying to get Cuppa open again is the fact that we have four little boys that keep us quite busy. Evan has also been working on learning web development and creating a digital design agency with his life partner, Koren.

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evanjfarmer webdev is what we came up with, and we hope to forge partnerships with other entrepreneurs, small businesses, and creatives of all kinds to help build robust website solutions and an authoritative online presence that will inspire followers and excite loyal fans of your unique products and distinctive brands.

We want to work toward a better future for our community and our state, however we can. Lately, our world seems like it is becoming an increasingly crazy place, and what we need now more than ever are spaces to create, meet up, learn, and interact face to face. Our internet-mediated interactions are fragmenting the fabric of our society…we need to get beyond the air of divisiveness and misinformation in our culture. Let’s come together!

Right now!!farmer-fam

 

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Halloween Reflections…and we’re in a contest!

Since Cuppa is still on hiatus, we’ve really been trying to take as many opportunities to enjoy more quality time with our family as possible. Over the past four or five years since starting Cuppa, many of the opportunities we’ve had to just spend together as a family have often felt over-loaded with obligations or just simply too short. The freedom of owning a business and being your own boss sometimes gets overshadowed by the extra hours it demands, which can take away from family. No parent wants to miss out on those times their children will remember forever.

We all have fond memories of trick or treating and dressing up like ghouls and goblins, a favorite super hero, or perhaps a cartoon character. I know when I was a child, I always wanted to be whatever character I was most enamored with at the time, until I started getting more into the spooky and gruesome aspects of Halloween. Having two 5 year olds, and an almost 3 year old, our family typically coordinates something that we can all participate in, and this year was no exception. We usually put quite a bit of creativity into our costumes, but this time we really went all out.

Halloween in Michigan is typically cold, and sometimes quite wet…it might even snow a little, so you have to be prepared for just about anything. So, this year, when my wife Koren wanted to make our three boys and I fleece body suits so we could go as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I was glad to take part in that. She spent hours sewing together the various parts of our costumes, and I helped make the weapons, which were mostly paper mache and paint, and some fabric tied on with leather strips. Koren also dressed up as Master Splinter, but unfortunately her costume wasn’t ready before she took the photo featured here, and well, somebody had to take the picture.

Speaking of the photograph here, which was taken in front of Nostalgia Ink in downtown Jackson, we also decided to enter it into a photo contest! We were given some free comics when we stopped in to see if we could find Shredder, and when we got home, we saw an advertisement in the back of one of our comics for the Halloween ComicFest Costume Contest! You can find our photo and vote for us to help us win by searching for our entry on the site or by clicking here to vote on the Halloween ComicFest facebook page. We could get some awesome prize packages that our boys would surely enjoy, so please take a moment to vote for us and help us win!!

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Hello world!

We’ve created this site to engage with our friends and fans during our extended hiatus. In March of 2015, we temporarily closed and moved out of the most recent location we were sharing with the Pickle Barrel Deli in downtown Jackson. Originally, we hoped to be closed for only a couple of months, while construction was being done on the building we’re planning on moving into, which is downtown next to City Hall, at 159 W. Michigan Avenue. Unfortunately, due to problems the building owner has had with financing approval and construction delays, we have not been able to reopen.

Since we committed to being part of this awesome new artisan marketplace, which will be called the Mercado on Michigan, and because the vision and goals of this space are so in line with our own, we haven’t wanted to reopen in any another location, since it would only be temporary. Other personal considerations and life events have also prompted us to decide to just wait it out, but with growing uncertainty about the future of Cuppa. So, we decided to set up this website, to continue communicating with those still seeking our products, service, and company and plan to launch a greatly improved and more engaging site once we’re more certain about our reopening. We’re still selling retail bags of Populace Coffee, which can be ordered through this site, or by contacting us through Facebook page, or our Contact Page. We know it’s a bit unorthodox, but we’re trying to what we can to keep the Cuppa dream alive!

Thank you for patience and understanding.