Torch

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As a part of our Sidra giveaway this month, we’ve chosen an extra giveaway to one of our fans. Torch is a customer that has been purchasing a five pound bag of Corvus’ Westerlies from us for a long time now. We assumed he was sharing with his fellow fire department team but in his words, “they would never pony up to good coffee.” A few weeks ago, Torch sent a five pound bag of Westerlies to a group of flight medics who are deployed in Afghanistan, two of them being people he works with at the fire department. We’ve just received an update from that group of medics:

Good morning or afternoon SMFR,

We have reached the halfway mark out here and I wanted to give you all a shout out from all of us here. The fight is still ongoing out here and we remain busy which makes the time go by fast. On behalf of the entire Task Force MEDEVAC I want to thank you all for the support and the care packages. I guess we are the only player in town with good coffee now. We are still operating in 3 countries and 6 locations which makes operations a little tricky. Our transport times average about 2-3 hours to the closest hospital which make patient care interesting. I do miss my 15 min transport to Littleton ER I can tell you that. We are using our critical care skills a lot out here and Ketamine, Calcium, and blood products are our best friends. The temperatures are at a comfortable average of 112 daily but it cools down to 90s at night which is nice ( NOT).

We did improve living conditions from sleeping in rail cars to sleeping in tents with actual AC ( if we have power ). Personal hygiene is still based on baby wipe showers especially at our forward bases but we are hopeful we will get something better soon.

Tarissa is running her own team and is doing a great job working alongside all our customers. She brings her firehouse work ethic to the front lines and is representing SMFR well. Lets hope the next 6 months go by as fast as the first 6. I hope you all had a good 4th of July and a great summer so far.

We all cant wait to be back home and back on the truck. Thanks again for everything and see you all soon.

Jens and Tarissa

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Thank you for sharing a part of their story with us Torch, as well as yours!

Dani Snider Younglife Fundraiser

 
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My name is Dani Snider, and I have had the privilege of leading Young Life at Chatfield Senior High for the last four years. Young Life is an interdenominational, relationship-based outreach ministry focused specifically towards adolescence. Throughout the years, I have walked through heartbreaking situations with students – friends passing away, self-harm, depression, suicide. I have also witnessed great breakthrough, life change, and joy! As Young Life leaders, we get to come alongside our students in every part of their lives and stories. Yet, the best part is that we get to point them towards the Lord.

Leading at Chatfield has been the highlight of this last season of life, but transition is on the horizon. Recently, I was offered a full-time Young Life position in the North Springs │ Monument area. Entering into this kind of role requires a team. In order to serve my new community well, I need people to come alongside me in ministry! Before starting, I have to fundraise $20,000 to cover a portion of my salary.

Atlas Coffees has graciously partnered with Chatfield Young Life in the past. Now, they are helping me reach my financial goal for ministry! On Tuesday April 30th, Atlas is donating 10% of their proceeds to support my new role in North Springs │ Monument Young Life. Additionally, there will be a community event at Atlas at 6pm. One of my old Young Life students will be playing guitar, the coffee bar will be open, light snacks will be provided, and everyone can come together to celebrate the work of Young Life.

I’m thrilled to be supported by an amazing business and am looking forward to a night of community and fundraising. Please join us!

 
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Coffee's story and where we fit

 
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Coffee has become more than just a hand warming, eye opening beverage for me in the past couple of years. Past the dark sludge I drank  to keep me up during the late night paper writings in college, it has slowly dripped its way into becoming part of my identity.

Coffee represents so much more than a drink we consume. It, in its entirety, represents strings and parts so intertwined, that when you really look at it, it can't help but make this beautiful tapestry. Woven together people and places and stories and history, hundreds of years old. It is a collection of all the hearts and hands that cultivate the being that it is.

A bean, a single coffee bean, holds the world inside it's tiny chaffing. An atlas. a delineation, a guide, a reference to the places it has been and narrative it holds. From the soil it was grown in, to the people who sipped it from a warm ceramic mug.

Atlas Coffee is a place, an abode, nestled here in our little corner, that offers access into this story. At Atlas we have chosen to enter in and offer ourselves into this tapestry; as story tellers and story hearers. Not only do we tell about the product we proudly offer, but we also tell of our own hearts, triumphs and sorrows. We're hearers of the product we proudly offer, and hearers of the hearts, triumphs and sorrows of our customers. We strive to tell the stories of our coffee, like how it was grown in regions of the world created to cradle the soil rich enough to nourish this sweet fruit, and stories of the farmers who painstakingly labor to make their livelihood growing and cultivating.

Atlas stands to love and serve our community. Our heart is to provide a space that welcomes connection; connection to each other, connection to our community, connection to the people and places around the world where our coffee is sourced. We stand as a piece of the tapestry and we invite others in to our story, this story, a story.