It's All About The Kids - Thompson Child & Family Focus

July’s Non-Profit of the Month: Thompson Child & Family Focus

Founder’s Tony & Becky Santoro have spent their lives investing in youth. Whether teaching in Title I schools, or opening up their home to Foster Children, or just building community with the neighborhood kids, our youth are our future and our youth deserve love and caring villages. That is why we are partnering with Thompson Child & Family Focus for July’s Nonprofit of The Month! 100% of all proceeds of each Thompson Bag sale goes directly back to the work they are doing in our region!

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There are over 89,000 children under the age of 18 living in poverty and below the basic living standard in Mecklenburg County. Poverty contributes to a host of challenges and can inhibit a child’s ability to learn and achieve--which opens the door to emotional and developmental problems. Our nation—our city’s children are in crisis and doing somethingis not enough. 

It’s time to do more and time to do differently. 

Thompson Child & Family Focus is a leader in addressing economic mobility through early childhood development, family stability, and mental healthacross the Carolinas, and as a solutions-driven organization we are committed to disrupting the statistics and re-writing the narrative for those kids at the highest level of risk. 

Thompson does this by providing comprehensive, evidence-based education, trauma-informed care, and professional mentoring for children (ages 0-18) at multiple locations throughout Charlotte. We continuously seek to develop new partnerships and strengthen existing alliances dedicated to solving real-world problems aimed at disrupting the cycle of generational poverty.  Our staff is passionate, caring, highly-skilled, and lean in every day to respond meaningfully and effectively to the needs of children, families, and communities in today’s demanding and ever-changing world.. We are proud to blaze the pathway to improving the emotional and mental health of youth and creating new lines of sight for their futures. 

Helping children and families transform their lives is no simple matter.  It takes a daily commitment, compassion and understanding of both the fragilities and remarkable resilience of people.  And, just as no person is an island, no individual or family need ever be truly alone.

However, we can’t do it without you!  Your purchase today of one or more bags of Enderly Coffee will allow us to #DoMore. Join our village and contribute to our mission of transforming lives:  http://www.enderlycoffee.com/thompson

In partnership with Thompson Child & Family Focus, proceeds from this bag will go to the advancement of Thompson’s innovative programs in mental health, family stability, and early childhood development.  Thompson is proud to be Charlotte’s champion for children and family empowerment, transforming the narrative of our children and families through the healing power of relationships.

 

Non-Profit of The Month June - Dream Basketball: Skills and Mentorship

Written by: James Jones

Working with kids for two years has really shaped me. Before my time here at Enderly Coffee, I spent my time working with elementary school kids in a local school on social and emotional development.

So once I stopped to work in coffee, naturally I really started to miss my boys. I brainstormed ways to stay connected. Id spend time picking a few up at a time and taking them to Blaze and Ritas. I kept in touch with parents as much as I could. After some time, I started a basketball team right up the street at the Bette Rae Center. It was made up of some kids from the neighborhood, but not first without personal invites to each of my boys from the after school program.

After the short season ended, I realized that time together was special and I was on to something. We all have the need to stay connected and this grew within me, so I decided to start a skills and mentoring camp with the same group of my boys. The camp’s purpose was to enhance the kid’s basketball skills, but also spend time mentoring them to become social and emotional warriors.

During the camp I had the opportunity to take a trip to Guatemala with my boss, Tony. While there, we got to tour a small village on the outskirts of Guatemala City, called Bueno Vista. While there we connected with the son of the Leivas family (which is the family we buy one of our Guatemalan from, also one of our reasons for this trip was to visit and meet the Leivas parents Norma and Armando).

We started the day by going to visit this beautiful school in a village. In Guatemala the villages are like the ghettos of America. After visiting the school we hiked through this village. I mean we literally hiked up steep hills. We arrived at these beautiful gates. We knocked and a guy came to the gates and let us in. That led us to this beautiful green soccer complex, the Bueno Vista Soccer Academy. There was beautiful and well kept turf, all the training equipment I could dream of, and even two basketball goals. This was all in the middle of poverty that I have never seen or experienced before in my life. This is where we met Mynor Leivas and he explained to me how they not only worked with the boys in the village to grow them as young men, but also helped lead them in the right direction and at the same time play soccer. Meeting the staff and the boys were my favorite part of the Guatemala trip.  

That whole experience inspired me to want to turn my Dream Skills & Mentorship Camp into a legitimate 501c3. Donating and supporting the camp will allow me to do things for these boys that I wish I had growing up. Pick up your bag here.

In partnership with DREAM, proceeds from this bag will be going to the start up of Charlotte’s one and only Social and Emotional Basketball Camp/Organization. 

This will include funding our 501c3 filing, as well as supporting the cost for the children to participate.

Buy your bags today online or come by the store to pick them up!

Gustavo: Our Guatemalan Designer

Written by: James Jones

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Meeting Gustavo for me was a big surprise, a very pleasant one. I knew of Gustavo because of the amazing design work he does with both Enderly and Torrent.

Backstory: Tony worked with Torrent Consulting for the 13 months after quitting teaching in 2014. This 13 months was critical in the young stages of growth for our company. Torrent also launched Tony at the end of 13 months with a generous loan and services support (including design support).

Gustavo is a native resident of Guatemala and currently resides in the Antigua area. He is the Head of Design for Torrent Consulting and works in their Antigua Hub, alongside nearly 30 other amazing people. As part of the Torrent/Enderly partnership, Gustavo has worked hand in hand with Tony to help develop and design all of Enderly’s brand and materials. What you see of our company is all through Gustavo’s hands. If you want to learn about a business out there making impacts around our world, check out Torrent ;).

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Though I had met him briefly while he was here in the states, during a short visit to our coffee shop, this time in Guatemala was different. Maybe I was just at peace or inspired by the trip, but my conversation with Gustavo was amazing. We skipped a lot of the small talk like weather, animals, and work. The setting was amazing. We were at a brewery on the outskirts of Antigua.  We were both relaxing, me with a pineapple cider in hand. There was conversation, music, kids, and laughter.

I asked him about the culture of living in Guatemala City and he didn’t shy away from any of my questions. What was your neighborhood like? High crime? Opportunity? Do young kids generally make it out? What is life like? What kinds of things did you do growing up?

His responses were very familiar to experiences here in the states, but in some ways they seemed worse. High crime, gang activity, not a ton of hope or opportunity, sports keep you occupied, etc. I quickly learned that the chances of Gustavo coming from where he came from to where he is now are very slim.  So proud to be working with him and even more proud to get to know him. This was a very unexpected connection, but reminds us that we are more alike than we all think.

Fat Cat Coffee: Meet Diego, Antigua, Guatemala

Written by: James Jones

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A trip to Guatemala, more specially Antigua, would not be complete without the acknowledgement of the beautiful coffee shop scene. Most shops we would visit would refer to the farm 30 minutes away as the supplier of their coffee. Fresh & local to say the least.

The experience at Fat Cat was easily my favorite coffee shop experience during the trip to Guatemala. Our first night there, we decided to head out to this coffee shop at 7:45pm, just before close. Walking into the shop there was an instant connection. The owner Tito was sitting to the side and greeted us with a warm smile.

Even though my Spanish was terrible and Tony’s was decent we still managed to let him know we roast and make coffee back in the states. Tony and Tito both seemed eager to hear of each others experiences as coffee shop owners, even finding common ground that we both buy coffee from Finca Medina (the Antigua Farm that Tony and James were there to visit). It was so interesting tasting the same coffee, sourced and roasted by different roasters, brewed in different countries, yet still tasting a familiarity in it.

But my connection came from a young man by the name of Diego. He understood how bad my Spanish was and was quick to let me know he speaks decent English. I am forever grateful for that. The connection was truly in the coffee and the person for me and Diego. We are both simple coffee guys. Coffee in Guatemala is all about simplicity, enjoyment and people. That rings a bell right? Yes it does because that’s exactly how we operate at Enderly.

Needless to say Tony and I visited Fat Cat every day while we were there and I even have a new Instagram buddy. I am filled with joy thinking about Fat Cat and my favorite Guatemalan barista.

On our way out on our last morning, we were grabbing our drinks and running late to get back to the house. As we were ready to run, Diego challenged me to a latte challenge, 1 on 1. The video speaks for itself, but I am proud to say that in my latte art competitions, I am #undefeated.

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They Made an Urban Promise... You Should, too.

If a high school student told you he left gang life behind because of the influence of an elementary school girl, would you believe him?

That’s Ethan and Jennifer’s story… and a version of MANY of the stories about the bonds that are forged between older and younger students at UrbanPromise Charlotte! The mission of UrbanPromise is to provide Charlotte's children and youth with the spiritual, academic, and social development necessary to become Christian leaders determined to restore their communities. The organization employs 85 high schoolers (who they call StreetLeaders) to serve as mentors, counselors, teachers, and leaders for the 250 younger students in their out-of-school-time and summer programs taking place in three of Charlotte’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. 

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At UrbanPromise Charlotte, StreetLeaders are the true heroes of the organization! 
UrbanPromise provides StreetLeaders with extensive job training, tutoring, college preparation, and access to counseling and mentoring to help them succeed in and outside of the program. Over the last 4 years, 100% of StreetLeaders have graduated high school on-time and received college acceptance! Most are the first in their families to continue their education. 
It’s hard to quantify the impact StreetLeaders can make in the lives of the children they serve.... and it's hard to quantify how much the StreetLeader experience transforms the teenagers themselves! We’ll let Ethan and Jennifer tell more of their transformative story themselves:









As a reminder, we have the custom Urban Promise Blend available for you in our shop and online. We are donating 100% of the proceeds of each bag back to Urban Promise, so it is a true win-win.

Thanks for helping UP look towards the next five years, and beyond! To learn more about the unique model of UrbanPromise and our vision for restoration in Charlotte, visit our website: http://www.urbanpromisecharlotte.org/

December - Celebrating the QC Family Tree

Written by: Holly Blackman

Just recently I listened to the QC Family Tree’s podcast where community leader, Helms Jarrell, states that “in modernity, mobility trumps roots” - we move more than put down roots, but not the QC Family Tree. They are planted in West Charlotte - loving and growing together in West Charlotte for the past 10 + years as a neighborhood-based community development and discipleship group. They are partners and friends with Tony & Becky, and of course, Enderly fans, as we’ve been a part of their family and them our’s.

Helms also states “that placelessness is the primary source of alienation.” Enter Enderly - it’s your place - we’re rooted in West Charlotte and we’re your “Perks”. Come by and support QC Family Tree when purchasing a QC Family Tree blend this month or ask us about how to volunteer or support QC Family Tree’s community-building work year-round.

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QC Family Tree works to embody an alternative, a way of life that is centered, whole, and founded on love.  We who call ourselves QC Family Tree seek to be kinfolk rooted in discipleship in West Charlotte.


All the Right Moves...

In all the right places! It’s Ryan Grammatico’s and James Jones’ lives - hence their roles here at Enderly as Head Roaster and Store Manager/aka Head Barista. Ryan met James when James was in high school through Right Moves for Youth, nearly 6 years later they are still side by side. It is fitting that Enderly is highlighting RMFY as their October Nonprofit of the Month. We have created a custom blend that is branded with this Nonprofit, that can be bought in our shop (2620 Tuckaseegee Rd). 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these bags goes back directly to their organization. It is a win for you, a win for them!

Enderly Coffee is proud to highlight Right Moves for Youth this October because this organization is also about relationship-building, helping youth to find solid footing on productive life paths - one choice after another, leading young adults to graduate and have a plan to make the next right moves. We all know how hard any right move is to make as a teenager and Right Moves for Youth mentors do too; therefore, they help assist teacher-selected students who may need guidance and a bit of nudging to make the next move! Ryan’s role is to lead and mentor leaders within Right Moves for Youth who are pouring into young people’s lives, filling their cups with study skills, connections, good counsel, what have you. James (a former RMFY student) now fills up each of our customers’ cups with a bit of joy and has also spent hundreds of hours pouring into elementary school boys’ lives, helping them with emotional intelligence, how to understand themselves in order to make the next right move.

We hope you’ll join Enderly this October as we help support the work Ryan and James along with other leaders in many high schools are doing through Right Moves for Youth.

Check out our Right Moves for Youth blend in our shop or find out ways you can help support them. Thank you for choosing Enderly and helping us as we fill up cups and lives.



Direct Trade - A Better Deal for Farmers

The Farm to Cup Quest for a Better Bean

Written By: John Hamrick

Photo courtesy of: http://www.apex.coffee/fair-trade-vs-direct-trade-coffee

Photo courtesy of: http://www.apex.coffee/fair-trade-vs-direct-trade-coffee

 

Geovanni Leiva wiped the sweat from his brow as he loaded the last bags of coffee beans on their way from his Guatemalan farm to the U.S. market. It had taken three years for this crop to reach maturity and his hopes for a better life were tied to the price he would receive for this commodity that is susceptible to notoriously wild market swings.

In years past, he could only hope for a good price from his local buyer since he would only see a fraction of the total profit his labor-intensive crop would bring in the export market. Now his worries have eased because of his relationship with roasters like Enderly Coffee Company who seek to ethically source beans, some directly from growers, ensuring a fair-market price, and more of the profits that previously went to exporters staying with the farmers. Premiums are also paid for gourmet beans that meet exacting standards for quality, providing additional incentives to continually improve their growing techniques, and strive for the highest quality harvests possible.

As Geovanni describes it, "Leiva's mission is to break cycles of poverty and give hope where there has never been before. We do it by locking arms with coffee lovers and like-minded people. Tony Santoro, founder of Enderly Coffee, was one of the very first people that said yes to our call to join our Familia back n 2013. Through our partnership, we have been able to provide clean water, fund a school and build homes for single moms. Our future depends on more partnerships like this. Thank you Enderly Coffee for choosing Leiva's!"

 

BUY BEANS NOW & HELP A FARMER

 

Fair Trade 2.0

There’s a confusing array of certifications aimed at everything from helping farmers to saving the environment. In a recent article by Creative Loafing, Counter Culture Coffee’s Meredith Taylor said, "No one certification covers everything. For example, organic is great if you're concerned about environmental sustainability. It's the same with the Rainforest Alliance. However, neither of those certifications addresses the social conditions or the economic sustainability of growing and selling coffee. Fair trade came in and filled that gap on the social side of things."

With all of these variables in the coffee market, Tony Santoro is mindful of the confusion all of these labels can cause. “My goal is to nudge people away from the be-all end-all mindset of 'what certification label does my coffee have?', but instead on how is your coffee sourced? There is no right answer because people's priorities are all different. As we strive to source more coffee ethically from growers, it’s about enlightenment and broadening our globally-social lens as we seek to do right by our farmers and partners.”

We were asked recently by a prospective customer if Enderly Coffee is Fair Trade certified and Tony responds, "We value Fair Trade, but look more at Direct Trade because it is about relationships, buying from a farmer year to year helping them to be more sustainable, while paying them in a way that allows them to keep more of their margin." Farmers have historically been paid very little for the labor-intensive process of growing coffee, especially since it can take up to four years for a coffee plant to produce cherries and most farmers make less than $2,000 per year. Fair Trade seeks to correct this imbalance, but it’s not without its drawbacks. Direct Trade aims to improve on this noble cause by establishing personal relationships between farmers and retailers, eliminating the co-op layer that adds overhead and tends to diminish the feedback loop that contributes to quality improvements and incentives for producing premium beans.

Direct Trade has been adopted by notable roasters including our neighbors Counter Culture in Durham, NC, and Union all the way across the pond in the UK. To see why this model is catching on, the following infographic helps illustrate the differences.


Fair Trade vs. Direct Trade

Infographic courtesy of: Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Infographic courtesy of: Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

With certifications that seek to protect the environment, animals, and farmers, including fair trade, direct trade, organic, rainforest alliance, and bird friendly, it’s no wonder we’re perplexed when we’re just trying to find a good cup of coffee to start the day. But if the result of all of this is better coffee while helping a grower provide clean water, fund a school, and build homes for single moms, then we’re all-in on this direct trade journey.

Meet James Jones III

Enderly Coffee Lover, Meet James. James, Meet Enderly Coffee Lover. And so, the relationship begins...

James Jones is the third. He’s preceded by his father and grandfather. He’s also our new Hospitality Facilitator at Enderly, what we hope to be a third place to gather - not your home or mine, not your place of employment,  but a home-away-from-home, everybody-knows-your-name place for QC neighbors to meet for a cup of responsibly grown, people-centric coffee. That is James too = people focused, responsibly grown and mentored by Ryan Grammatico through Right Moves for Youth; Ryan is the man behind our coffee roaster, much of the time. Both Ryan and James are openly candid, refreshingly professional and youthful. Solid and winsome!

James previously worked with the nonprofit, Wings for Kids, teaching 4th grade boys social and emotional skills. There’s no taller task that requires more patience than to teach a 4th grade boy how to talk about his emotions. And on past Mondays, James steps away from his teaching role and puts on his student hat, learning from Tony - visiting coffee shops around CLT, helping with packaging, building coffee knowledge - cupping, pinpointing flavors, roasting, perfecting the espresso as of late. He told me he feels like he’s getting a good mix of everything he’s going to need.

Photo cred: @amye_roberts on IG

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Come on in -

And introduce yourself to James. Let him know your order, your quirky cinnamon request, or what not, and let him and Enderly WOW you with our new home. Doors open at 7 am! Photo courtesy of @ellimcguire

 

 

As our shop was built up one beam at a time, we’re happy to have James to help with creating the community focus for our shop’s grand opening, (*insert drum roll here)......which is SOON!

We are currently in our "Soft Opening" from Tuesday to Saturday, 7am - 2pm.  This Soft Opening will allow us to refine our practice and procedures and finalize menu design.  Please stop by any help us "practice". 

Part of the Enderly goal is to make sure whomever comes into the shop is as pleased as possible and has a great experience - James is our coffee barista making that happen!

James describes himself as someone who “brings energy - that’s been my whole life, high energy, positivity, great smile….It’s already been a great experience working with Enderly...see the process of the shop open….growth...move forward...I want to open up my own business one day, so my goal is to learn the ins and outs, building those relationships. If I can leave, feeling like I've done something, than I've done something right."

Like James said, our hope is you’ll visit Enderly Coffee Co. leaving feeling like you’ve done something. Yes, you have a cup of coffee in your hand, but you've been greeted by name with your order already on your barista's mind, you've waved at regulars and all supporting Enderly, a company who is all about people - our shop, a connecting point in CLT, and be assured that James will do his darndest to know your order - consider it your place. Welcome home!

 2620 Tuckaseegee Rd. | Charlotte, NC 28208

 2620 Tuckaseegee Rd. | Charlotte, NC 28208

Come Get CREATIVE WITH US And Matt Olin at Creative Mornings - Learn How to Snag Your Ticket!

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Written By: Holly Blackman

2018 is the year of creating for us at Enderly - We've created new blends that NoDa Brewing incorporated into their 'NoDable' brew,  created new partnerships and job opportunities for baristas, created conversations - meaningful ones around what focusing on people looks like in Enderly Coffee's day-to-day at the new place we're to call home, and creating the shop to feel like home. We love creativity and are inspired at Creative Mornings hosted by this guy - Matt Olin, the masterful muse of Charlotte's Creatives, hosts Creative Mornings monthly - provoking thought and gathering the seekers and finders to share what they're learning. Speaking of learning, here's what we learned from him: 

1. Where did the idea for Creative Mornings originate?

CreativeMornings was launched in 2008 in Brooklyn by my friend, Tina Roth Eisenberg. My team and I have to honor of running the Charlotte Chapter (Chapter #123!) since we launched in 2015.

2. From where do you draw your "surge of inspiration" that you're sharing with other Creatives in here in CLT?

I'm inspired by my fellow creative Charlotteans. #alldaylong

3. Genetically-Predisposed Copywriter, huh? Tell me about it - did you love words more than your twin, even in the womb?! :)

Haha. A refer to myself as a "Genetically-Predisposed Copywriter" because I’ve been practicing the art of differentiation since the womb. I don’t like being confused with others -- and as it turns out, neither do my clients!

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4. Perfect breakfast?

Coffee + Contemplation

5.  How can local entrepreneurs help foster and support creatives in CLT? This could be an exhaustive list, but one way is for more of our brick-and-mortar entrepreneurs to commission murals on their buildings. All over Charlotte. Not only does this support locals artists, but it also changes the visual landscape of our city in a gorgeous ways.

6. How long have you been in CLT? 

On-and-off since the mid-1980s  :-O

7. If you had to tweet to promote one thing about CLT, what would it be?

Charlotte's creative energy is surging, and it's the best time ever to be a creative thinker, maker and/or doer here.

8. Favorite treat - sweet or salty and from where?

Ice cream. Two Scoops is delicious.

9. How do you know Tony? What was your first impression of him - be honest! He can take it ;)

I think I first met Tony at a Hygge meetup, and got to know him better as he became one of out beloved coffee partners at CM/CLT. My first impression? Totally sincere and passionate dude.

10. What advice would you give to a newbie to the creative scene in CLT?

Carve out the first Friday morning of your month and start attending CreativeMornings/Charlotte ASAP! 

Here's How:

  1. Visit Creative Mornings Website and sign up for the newsletter (Tickets are VERY limited and go VERY fast, so getting the email reminder will be your best bet).  Unfortunately this month is all sold out, but sign up to be the first to know about next month's event.  Get on the waitlist atleast for this month's event.
  2. Sit by your email box at 8:29 AM on the Monday  that tickets will be released so you can snag your free ticket at 8:30 AM when the email hits your mailbox!
  3. Attend the event May 4 from 8:30am - 10:00am hosted at Resident Culture Brewing Company or an upcoming event.  

 

 

 

2017 Review... Forward From Here!

I took $100 and bought a camping stove, a couple of Whirley Pops, and some raw, green coffee from a local coffee shop.  It was 2012 and I was dabbling in an interest I had, something outside of my teaching career and outside of my social life.  Something that allowed me to use my creativity and stretch my abilities.  It was fun to share my new home hobby with my friends and family. 

January of 2014 my second child was born.  My wife kindly informed me that our 3rd bedroom was better off as a nursery than a coffee roasting storage room.  I was "forced" out of my house, which was the best thing that could have happened.  Little did I know that those pounds of coffee I was roasting would be a catalyst to life change.  Life change for me, for my family/friends, for some neighbors, for our community, and hopefully for Enderly Park. 

As we move into 2018 I am seeing our dream come into fruition.  Our dream of using our company to create job opportunity, along with mentorship, for neighbors.  Our dream of having people all around our city enjoy our coffee and being able to directly impact lives and our quiet neighborhood of Enderly Park.  Our dream of creating a PLACE in Enderly Park FOR the community, with our coffee shop opening right on Tuckaseegee Rd.   

2017 has been an emotional New Year.  2018 will be even better.

Coming soon to 2018

Coming soon to 2018


1) Achievements For Our Neighbors - Our "WHY".  We are committed to our mission statement, "We exist to provide opportunity through relationships in order to add value to Enderly Park and Charlotte. We seek to encourage and inspire others to live for others.  It is the best way to live.  We promise."

  • Over 1000 hrs of Employment Hours provided
  • 12 College Courses Successfully Completed
  • First Car purchased
  • Continuing to develop life skills through mentorship
  • Continue to Support Project 658 Feeding Project's Effort
  • Assisted various organizations (PTA, boy scouts, orchestras, etc.) fundraise and earn the money needed to operate.
  • Weekly donations for Harvest Center breakfasts

2) Achievements As a Company in 2017

  • 25,000 lbs of coffee roasted and distributed
  • Developed our Espresso Program, servicing, supporting, and training clients around town
  • Developed our Equipment Support Program, servicing and supporting clients around town
  • Grew from 3 Employees to 6 Employees

3) Personal Achievements - The Specialty Coffee Industry has a community and education platform, called the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association).  Tony has spent countless hours in classes and studying to earn the following certifications.

  • SCA Certified Roaster
  • SCA Certified Barista

    Shoutouts - We could not do this alone, so we wanted to shout out to the supportive nature of many in our amazing industry.  There are many more, but here are a few individuals who have had an impact on our company in 2017.

    • Todd Arnette - Williamsburg Coffee & Academy of Excellence - Todd was our instructor for the SCA Roaster courses at his campus in Williamsburg, VA.  He has always made himself available for question/answers and support.
    • Rachel Garret - Irving Farm Coffee Roasters - Rachel was our instructor at Irving Farm Coffee's SCA training campus in New York.  Super helpful and productive learning experience.
    • Dillon WIlliams -  Homecoming Coffee Tour & Queen City Grounds - For years, Dillon has always been a brain and palate when we are looking for feedback.  His passion is exuberant and he has been helpful in so many ways to our team.
    • Diana Mnatsakanyan-Sapp -  Dianamakescoffee & Undercurrent Coffee - Diana has helped to form and organize the Charlotte Coffee Collective.  Indirectly this collective and its events have been amazingly helpful for our team.  We look forward to getting more involved in the future.  Directly, Diana has also always been willing to spend time over coffee or at my shop, dreaming with us and challenging us.
    • Ian Kolb - Cuplux Coffee Drive-Thru - Ian has the true community heart, also helping manage the Charlotte Coffee Collective, and has been a bouncing board for ideas and new coffees.  His honest and supportive demeanor has contributed to our success these past few years.  He also passionately helps our city to be a more beautiful place through Trees Charlotte
    • Matt Yarmy - Pure Intentions Coffee - Roasting in the same city could be purely competitive, but Matt has always been willing to jump on the phone to chat/suggest/encourage. Matt has contributed so much to Charlotte's Coffee Community, also helping with the Charlotte Coffee Collective.  
    • James Yoder - Not Just Coffee - Apart from the deliciousness that Not Just Coffee provides for our city, James has made himself available countless times over the past year as we venture into opening our own coffee shop.  Thank you!

    We're Easy - Let Us Help You Shorten Your Holiday To-Do List - Period.

    Customized Holiday Coffee Bags

    Written By Holly Blackman

    Someone posted there are 9 more Fridays before Christmas, and I can't get myself to count them to see if it's true! Now that Halloween is behind us, let the Christmas carols begin, ehhh, I guess?

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    If you have holiday hosting ahead or want custom-made coffee bags for your clients, staff, teachers or neighbors, click the link below for a quick quote.

    CUSTOMIZE YOUR GIFT: You can even customize the bag for you, your brand, your company, etc.  

    Consider this our toy catalog, but unlike the emails and magazines inundating you with options, we're easy. We'll be happy to have your bags ready and even deliver if you're in the Charlotte area! Check this one off your list.

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    WHY THIS GIFT?

    • Personalized Gift Giving
    • Locally Crafted Product
    • Everyone Likes Coffee
    • $8-$10 per bag
    • Free Delivery in CLT
    • Quick Turnaround

    Rhino Market's New Location is a Hop, Skip and Jump from Romare Bearden - Get There!

    Written By Holly Blackman

    We love Rob - he's Detroit, he's a dad, he's an entrepreneur living the dream - he's the man behind Rhino Market. 

    Enderly is humbled to be a top-selling coffee at Rhino Market. We value our relationship with Rhino and Rob. And as Rob told me, the feeling's mutual.

    "I think having a relationship with a purveyor (Enderly) on the Westside was most intriguing. What a great synergy... we sell a lot of coffee and having a roaster in our "backyard" was awesome," Rob said.

    Unofficial Eclipse Viewing Party: Why not grab a bite, beer, beverage and head to Romare Bearden’s fountains and catch the eclipse with fabulous local fare and folks?

    Rhino and Enderly share the same people, almost the same neighborhood, and Tony was the first coffee roaster to approach Rob about doing business there. Plus, Tony and Rob are both from Detroit, where Rob told me there were NOT Rhino Market-esque places. Instead, they both grew up with "party stores" - a place to get pop (Faygo, Vernors), beer, chips (Better Made), wine, snacks, newspapers and even a good submarine sandwich.  For Tony it was the In-n-Out Party Store in Rochester Hills.

    Rhino, on the other hand, carries local, fabulous fare - the best coffee, Chicken Tortas (If you haven't tried them yet, you must!), breakfast burritos, goodies and treats in all shapes and sizes and craft beers. Plus, every time I pop in - local lyrics and crowd favorites are being strummed by brave, good people for a mix of commercial real estate folk, graphic designers, start up types, young professionals, tradesmen, shop owners, small biz owners, you name them, they're there. 

    Rhino's new location is opening TODAY (August 21st), eclipse day. Why not grab a bite, beer, beverage and head to Romare Bearden's fountains and catch the eclipse with fabulous local fare and folks, the best kind of folks. Rhino's new hot spot will be popping, so good luck finding a seat. Our beans'll be available to pick up on your way in or out of the office - Westside or Uptown at Rhino. Congrats to Rob and long live the Rhino! 

    Behind the Beans - Meet Ryan (ROASTER & SOLO HIP-HOP DANCER, World changer)

    Lots of hands touch the coffee beans from farm to your cup.  One often overlooked position is the Coffee Roaster, who takes the green coffee and turns it brown for you (to keep it simple).  So who is the guy behind the Red Roaster at Enderly?  I spoke with Ryan to find out...

    1. What do you love about Enderly Coffee, the product? Favorite? Food pairing?

    My favorite product from Enderly changes on a weekly basis. As the production roaster, I have the responsibility to dial in the roasts and impact with how things turn out; I really love how taking the beans to new temperatures and times creates various unique flavors, these beans are so complex, yet simple. My job is to keep the beans consistent in production.  But if I had to pick one bean, I would say that our Brazil is my favorite. And the Snickerdoodle that we make for Rhino Market & Deli is amazing and tastes so good with their breakfast burrito.

    2. How'd you meet Tony & Becky?

    I first met Tony and Becky at a gathering of about 10 friends at Dean and Deluca in South Park nearly 10 years ago.

    3. What's your story? Who are you (that'll keep ya thinking, right?!)

    I grew up in Michigan, like Tony and Becky, so that root is a bond that will never be broken between us.

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    My Clark Kent type day job is that I am the Program Manager for an organization here in Charlotte called Right Moves for Youth. So, I spend the days leading a team that assists middle and high school students with social and emotional support while helping them graduate high school with a plan for their future success, and I am the “Roast Master General” for Enderly in the evenings. But if I had to give one title that I am most proud of about who I am, my mind starts with being a dad. My daughters, Addison and Bailey are the apples of my eye. I take such pride in raising them to be compassionate, loving, and aware young ladies. And they love a good trip to the shop to see dad roast this amazing coffee.

     

    4. What do you love about Enderly, the company?

    This question is easy….the mission. I have always been drawn to businesses that invest in their communities, but Enderly doesn’t just give back to the community…it IS the community. It’s not about just throwing money at problems, it’s about cultivating relationships, over a great cup of coffee, and seeing transformation. That’s community.

     

    5. Why should others love Enderly - what makes it different?

    I love the coffee community in Charlotte. There are a lot of great people and coffees. From coffee roasters to coffee shops, the growing Charlotte Coffee Collective in Charlotte is truly incredible.

    But Enderly is something different.

    It is all about authentically loving this city and neighbors through a bag of beans. Every decision that is made is about cultivating strong relationships that will help to sustain positive impact on the Enderly Park neighborhood.

     

    6. How'd you get into roasting? Give us the ins and outs - what you love and what's not so fun about roasting!

    As a person who didn’t really get into the intricacies  of coffee until a few years ago, I was always drawn to sitting down and having a great conversation across a table and the vehicle is typically a cup of coffee. Tony, our friend Jonathan, and I used to meet up at local coffee shops and we would sit down and they would have me taste different coffees and we would experience taste profiles and the uniqueness of different beans. Coffee tastings and an intro to roasting led to science lessons about temperatures, time frames, and pyrolytic reactions (nerd speak), and I was hooked. When Tony brought me into the shop one night and let me change raw green coffee beans into delicious smelling and tasting brown coffee beans, that was cool, and again, transformation was happening. See a theme? ;)

    Roasting in itself is a sanctuary for me. I use that alone time in the shop to develop a great product but it also allows some much needed alone time to process my life. I can listen to podcasts, the music I love, as well as sometimes have an impromptu solo dance party ☺

     

    7. What do you most look forward to - this can be personally or professionally?

    I am really excited about the growth that we are experiencing in Charlotte. It seems like every day a new contract is signed with another business here in the city that will serve our coffee. But I am really looking forward to the opening of our own coffee shop this year. Being able to serve our coffee to people and letting them experience first hand the Enderly story has me really pumped up.

     

    8. When you were 5, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    When I was 5, I wanted to be an astronaut. I remember that our elementary school would all go into the gym and watch the space shuttle launches on television. Such a great memory.

     

    9.. What's something not many people know about Tony/Enderly/Becky (you choose)?

    Tony and Becky are two of the best parents that I know. They have so much creativity and passion for raising their daughters to be good citizens. It really is inspiring. In fact, if you walk into our shop, you will see small notes from their daughters posted up that remind you of how much they are loved and how much they love others.

     

    10. What's something not many people know about you?

    I am a huge fan of hip hop. Not that mumble rap garbage the kids listen to today (insert my grandpa’s voice), but that good stuff. Story tellers of yesterday and today. Also, most people don’t know that I have a terrible tattoo of a basketball on my right arm. Currently working with an artist to create a cover up for it. ☺

    But on a serious note, most people don’t know that I was raised in poverty in Flint, Michigan and it was that upbringing that allowed me to develop a strong work ethic. Shout out to my Mom for leading our family through the struggle. Love you, Mom!

     

    Shout out to you too, Ryan! If you have a question about roasting or want to applaud one of the current roasts, reach out to Ryan at - Ryan@enderlycoffee.com.