December 10, 2017
It has been a while since we last took time to share some news. In order of importance, if not aware Christmas is fast approaching, so if you are giving thought to including Grains of Sense coffees or teas in your Christmas and holiday plans, you have less than 24 hours to place your order. That said, for guaranteed delivery for Christmas, orders must be received by 11:59 AM on Monday, 11 December 2017.
The second piece of news is that I am humbled to share that Grains of Sense Coffee Roastery, Tea Gallery & Café received an award in the "2018 Best of Lynchburg" competition, being awarded an Honorable Mention - Best Coffee. Though humbling, it is a sweet feeling to receive such recognition after working so hard to learn, perfect and develop my roasting and our business. But truthfully, all glory and credit I give to my Lord and Savior through whom I believe I have been given a gift for roasting coffee! It is through Him and for Him that I am doing what I am.
April 1, 2015
Wow! One year already…and in actuality eight-years! How time flies!
This Thursday, April 2th, marks the one-year anniversary of our Grains of Sense® Coffee Roastery, Tea Gallery & Café located inside the Lynchburg Community Market. To celebrate, recognize and thank you for your support, this Saturday, April 4th, you can enjoy a 12 oz. cup of our fresh-roasted and freshly-brewed coffee for only $1.00 – that is including tax!
Having launched this adventure in the Shenandoah Valley in 2008, this April we also celebrate our eighth-year, roasting and selling, exclusively, our Grains of Sense® coffees, and our fifth, full-year offering our hand-blended and hand-flavored, Grains of Sense® teas. This year, 2015, also marks our second year as full-time residents of Lynchburg, and our second year as a vendor at the Lynchburg Community Market having been selling our coffees and teas in the main, crafter’s area since November 2013, after having moved our family to Lynchburg for our children to attend Lynchburg Christian Academy. [breathe now] Clearly, life and business can be a whirlwind at times!
In addition to giving all of the credit to God for His inspiration and blessings, and without whom we wouldn’t be doing this, we also need to thank our many, many, loyal customers:
- The Harrisonburg, Lexington and Staunton farmers markets where we first got our start – Harrisonburg, especially, where we were a vendor for more than five years
- Of course, the Lynchburg Community Market who has been welcoming and supportive and quickly allowed us to feel at home
- Our many loyal wholesale customers in the Shenandoah Valley; The By & By Café (formerly Coffee on The Corner), The Local Chop & Grill House, Bella Luna Pizza Oven, The Purple Foot, The Split Banana, and The Pampered Pallet, The Friendly City Food Co-op, Sue’s Super Nutrition, and The Stanley Meat Market - some whom we have had the privilege of serving for as many as 5 years or more.
- Locally in Lynchburg, and more recently, we have also welcomed Cao Artisan Chocolates, Rivermont Pizza and The Steamy Kibbutz to our wholesale family.
We would also be remiss in thanking those of you have continued to support us through purchasing our coffee on-line through our website – some from as far away as California and, even, Australia! J I am humbled.
Since our inception, Grains of Sense has tried and stayed true to the two founding principles of sourcing, roasting and selling, only, coffees that are:
- Fair Trade Certified, and,
- Coffees that are sustainably grown and/or Rain Forest Alliance Certified.
Through offering certified coffees such as these, we feel we are doing our part to help protect the earth and our environment, and more importantly, help serve and protect the people, the families and the communities who are directly involved in the growing and harvesting of the coffees we roast and sell.
Again, thank you! We hope to continue to have the privilege to serve you, soon.
Tom & Kathryn Hayman
March 2, 2015
Thank you The Clutch Guide for an amazing article on Grains of Sense (well, we think it's great)! You'll find the write-up in the Spring 2015 edition, page 18. We have been enjoying this seasonal publication since arriving in Lynchburg. We hope you'll check it out. http://www.theclutchguide.com/issues/read-current-issue/
February 7, 2014.......
Effective April 2014, Grains of Sense plans to open a new Roastery and Café inside the Lynchburg Community Farm Market in downtown, Lynchburg, VA. Our Lynchburg, Grains of Sense Roastery and Café will include a coffee roaster from which fresh and freshly-roasted coffees will be available, full coffee service including espressos, our packaged coffees and tea gallery and a limited selection of simple, quick and heath-wise food offerings.