I would love to say that I am that person that wakes up in the morning, stretches long and hard, jumps out of bed singing beautiful morning songs and skips through my house to start the day.
That is not me.
I wake up, peering open one eye, hoping that it can’t be true that I have to wake up. Then pull the covers back over my head, grunting loudly before flopping out onto the floor and crawling away from my cloud bed to start a new day.
Even I just rolled my eyes thinking of how ridiculous that sounds.
After today though, I may be transported from night owl to morning bird. It’s all thanks to the excitement I felt to get up and experience a new cup of brew. Not beer- that’s a different kind of post; but coffee brew.
In 2004 after pledging Pi Beta Phi at the University of Mississippi I was blessed to meet an incredible woman named Gretchen. She was funny, kind, and through all of the sorority mumbo jumbo she stayed true to herself which made me like her even more. As life has a tendency to do, we moved on and lost touch; but thanks to the world wide web and that of social media I have been able to keep up with Gretchen and boy am I glad I get to do that. Gretchen and her girlfriend, Michelle, are bringing joy to heartbreak with their specialty coffee. In the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to help them turn their in-home brew operation to a Long Beach California coffee shop; I decided now would be the best time to introduce a little heartbreak into my life. I can’t get enough of this coffee, it is absolutely delicious!
So without further adieu, I introduce to you… Heartbreak Coffee!
How did Heartbreak Coffee come about and where did the name Heartbreak coffee come from?
The name Heartbreak Coffee stands for all the obstacles I faced trying to open up my own shop since 2009. It stands as a testament to all of the bittersweet opportunities that had come and left after I felt like the Universe was telling me to leave the coffee industry. Heartbreak wasn’t even actually supposed to be a shop or a business – it began solely as a hobby to keep my spirit going. And now (ironically) we are in the process of opening up a storefront! Go figure. Looking back, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better. And that’s truly the spirit behind Heartbreak.
Because it brings people together. Actually, before I ever even began to appreciate coffee, I really fell in love with the idea of opening up a coffeeshop. I love the people, the morning rush, the regulars, and feeling like I’m sitting at the center of a community.
When I decided to start A Day from Scratch it was the scariest yet most sure I’ve ever been about my career, what have been some challenges that you’ve had to overcome to start Heartbreak Coffee?
Emotionally, the biggest challenge we faced was really, truly, learning how to trust the process. When we started, we had no clue what we were doing, how people were hearing about us, or what on earth any of it meant! We both had to commit to quitting our regular jobs to pursue Heartbreak, but that was part of trusting the journey, and trusting that we were meant to do it. Now our biggest challenge is finding the funding we need to open up our storefront!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Life has given me the best advice. The BEST things happen out of simple intention and honest love. The hard work comes after that.
What are some of your favorite food/ coffee pairings?
It’s cliché, but we love coffee with breakfast. Breads, butter, citrus, jams, chocolate, croissants, ice cream and anything that has cinnamon in it. Oh, and we always have a small handful of flowers on the table.
Usually neither of us can even sleep in past 7:30am these days!
Michelle: what is one of Gretchen’s quirky business characteristics?
Gretchen is notorious for being clumsy. She trips over her feet. So imagine what happens when a clumsy, 120lb girl starts roasting on an extremely high temperature, bulky, 300lb piece of machinery. Let’s just say we always keep aloe and bandaids readily accessible!
Gretchen: what is one of Michelle’s?
Michelle can never work if our ferret is present – the world stops for his cuteness. But, when she is focused on something, she works so hard and works so long that she makes herself “nauseous.” It’s dramatic but it keeps us laughing.
*sidenote- if you have instagram, you MUST follow Heartbreak coffee if only to see the adorable pictures of their ferret! Ok moving on.
Is there a motto or mantra that you live by?
Trust and work hard!
Who would sing the soundtrack to your day?
Michelle. She is constantly turning our conversations into songs. Or changing the lyrics to songs. She literally sings the soundtrack to our lives… Whether I like it or not… haha!!!
Thanks Gretchen and Michelle for stopping by A Day from Scratch and sharing a little insight into Heartbreak Coffee.
Now, CALLING ALL FRIENDS… go to Heartbreak Coffee’s Kickstarter campaign page to read more about the Heartbreak story. Then whip out your wallet and donate to help them reach their goal!
GO GO GO!