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Where in The World Are The Fassbenders Going?

In case you missed it… we’re moving! There’s been lots of speculation about where we’re going so, even though we don’t have an exact location yet, I’ll fill you in on what we do know.

I’m thrilled to tell you that we are on the hunt for the perfect place for our new homestead, which I lovingly call “Fassbender Farm.”

Don’t worry Wisconsin compadres, it will most definitely be in America’s dairyland!

Why, you ask?

While we’re sad to be leaving the awesome community of Ave Maria, we are so looking forward to our return to Wisconsin! We have twenty nieces and nephews there, 5 godchildren, our parents, grandparents, siblings and memories galore!

Honestly, we just can’t stand to be away from these people…

 

and these people much longer!

 

 

Our children are looking forward to playing in the snow,

 

Having campfires with Nana

 

More snuggles from Papa,

Fearlessly swimming in LAKES,

 

and playing with their cousins.

 

If you remember my first blog post, then you know that I’ve (not so secretly) been longing for a little hobby farm. I have always wanted to be a farmer. When asked as a child what I’d like to be when I grew up, I would easily respond, “A farmer and a mom.” Apart from a short period of time in which I wanted to be Mia Hamm, this was a very consistent response and remains true today.

God has blessed me with motherhood thrice now and, while we’ll likely have more children, it seems about time we add some of these

and maybe one of these

to the family.

So, if you happen to know of a nice little farm for sale in Wisconsin, be sure to let us know. 😉

And yes, we are also going abroad! Before we move back to Wisconsin, we are taking our kids on one heck of a homeschool field trip!

We are making our first stop in Ireland with plans for possible visits to Spain and Poland.

I have never been anywhere in Europe before, so this will be a great experience for me too! We have some media productions brewing in these locations, so stay tuned.

What does this all mean for the roastery?

Good things! Many of our current orders come from Wisconsin and we may be able to provide better service to these customers if we set up a co-op or a new branch of the roastery there. The headquarters will always remain here in Immokalee, FL, giving us good reason to visit frequently. The Pinters will be in charge of operations here. We hope to keep growing in this way and have a real presence in even more locations across the globe.

For all our Guadalupe Coffee drinkers, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers while you sip your morning brew. We promise to do the same for you. Solidarity people, it’s what we’re all about!

Blessings,

Taresa

wife/mother/blogger/farm-girl at heart

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Until We Meet Again

I am a bit behind in posting this week, but for good reason.

Brad’s grandmother passed, causing him to make an impromptu trip to Wisconsin for her funeral. She lived a long and good life – she would have been 92 years old next month. She was a simple woman with a heart of gold – a devoted wife and mother of 11 children with 32 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

And, in the spirit of her simple and gentle way, our hearts and minds were nudged during this time to make a big decision.

We have decided that the time has come for us to leave Ave Maria.

It is with terrible sadness and yet, an incredible joy that I write those words.

Even before his grandmother’s death, Brad and I had been talking a lot about the future and what and where God might be calling us to next. Brad had much time to contemplate all of this while away and, in particular, the Gospel reading at the funeral and a radio recording of Fulton J. Sheen on his drive home from the airport caught his attention. The gist of his reflection is this: Jesus calls us to “come” to Him and then he asks us to “go” (and make disciples of all nations).

For us, our move to Ave Maria was very much a “coming.” It was sort of like a 3 year spiritual retreat.

Let me explain.

When we came to Ave Maria, we left all of our family and friends behind. We were totally out of our comfort zone, but what we found here was so nourishing. We developed friendships that were enriching and challenging yet fun and energizing. People here were not afraid to have deep and sometimes uncomfortable conversations about life and our duties and responsibilities in it.

It was exactly what we needed to grow as individuals, as a married couple, and as a family unit. It also became the spark we needed to get going and start Guadalupe Roastery.

Once we finally took the leap and began the roastery, this community’s response was more than we could have asked for. To top it off, there were countless connections made with talented and good-hearted individuals here who greatly helped advance the mission of the roastery that can only be explained as providential.

Ave Maria is where we bought our first house, where we brought home two of our babies, where we’ve made friends that are more like family, where some of those friends became business partners, and it is a community we will always be grateful to have been a part of. I am convinced that there is no place in the world that is quite like this beloved town of ours.

Now for the “going” part.

We have begun to make our preparations. We will be selling many of our things in a rummage sale and we will be listing our house for sale. We don’t expect to be leaving for at least another couple of months, though, as there are still so many loose ends we need to tie up here before we leave.

So, where are we going?

We don’t exactly know yet.

For those of you who don’t know us real well, that may come as a bit of a shock. To those of you who do, you understand that it’s just how us Fassbenders roll 🙂

We have some ideas, but are not committing to anything just yet.

We feel that nudging to go and we believe that, if we just start moving in that direction, God will show us what is next.

Who knows, we may just end up back here again one day. We do know for certain that this will always be the headquarters for Guadalupe Roastery and that we will likely be frequent visitors on account of that.

We are grateful to have the Pinters who will be able to run operations here while we are away and we are thankful for the love, support, and friendship we have experienced in Ave Maria.

With that being said, please don’t give up on us now, Ave Maria! Now is the time we need you more than ever.

Moving means that Brad will be quitting his corporate job and we will be working extra hard at developing Guadalupe Roastery.

Don’t get us wrong, we will still be running Guadalupe Roastery along with the Pinters and hopefully our moving will make our distribution even wider.

There are tons of new and exciting things to come. We invite you, and everyone else, to join in solidarity with us each morning over a steaming mug of Guadalupe coffee.

We hope to be able to give you more details in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Taresa

wife/mother/blogger/emotional

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A Guadalupe Roastery Story – Part 3 – Great Partnerships

Just when my natural skepticism started to kick in, God, like He so often does, gave us the right people at just the right time.

We were introduced to Tom and Paula through mutual friends in Ave Maria, FL.

As we got to know them more, we developed a friendship. Tom is the owner of a successful memorial business and, during the time that Brad was publishing Waterside Neighbors magazine in Naples, FL, Tom was advertising his business and his exclusive garden art pieces in it. Brad and Tom began talking about Guadalupe Roastery and Tom became really interested in what we were doing. Tom was looking for an investment, but more than that, he wanted to get involved because he loved the idea behind the company. A partnership with Tom and Paula was the logical next step – it was exactly what we needed.

Tom has invaluable knowledge and wisdom when it comes to operating a business. Brad and Tom work well together and have a deep respect for one another and a mutual trust. Paula, who has become a good friend of mine, is bilingual, very sociable, well organized, and is unmatched when it comes to planning events. Her and I work well together also and have an enjoyable time doing it! We can bond over the joys and struggles of motherhood and over being married to entrepreneurs with big ideas.

Tom’s place of business had a large enough space to section off for Guadalupe Roastery to set up shop and so we bought the big daddy roaster and started to move in.

Meanwhile, Andrew graduated from Ave Maria University with his Masters in Theology and we offered him the full-time role of Chief Business Developer for the roastery.

Andrew helped get us connected with awesome non-profits like: Mary’s Meals, Fight the New Drug, and the JPII Project.

We welcomed sweet baby Josephine to our family and found the need to consume a whole lot more of our delicious product.

Then, Paul and Bing Rush (friends of ours who run a mission called Guadalupe Gardens in Nicaragua), introduced us to Rolyn and Lorena Garcia. Rolyn and Lorena are coffee farmers and great people to be in partnership with. We believe in what they’re trying to do on their coffee farm and we love their heart for their hired workers and their local community.

Tom and Brad made their first trip to Rolyn and Lorena’s coffee farm this past October.

They brought along Travis Ratcliff and his amazing crew who produced a beautiful video detailing our partnership.

When Brad and Tom returned, they were both so fired up about their trip and all they had witnessed and experienced.

When I saw the video Travis produced, I got fired up too. Any bit of skepticism I had left faded away. Not only did I now totally understand the vision Brad had for this company all these years, but I FELT it. It may have taken me a while, but I was finally 100% on board.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, it’s a must see:

We’re incredibly thankful for our relationships and friendships with Tom, Paula, Andrew, Rolyn, and Lorena. It is so reassuring to no longer feel like we’re in this thing on our own and to have good and reliable people on our side.

So, where do we go from here?

Check back next week to find out what’s been brewing in our world! And, if you like what we’re about, join us in drinking some of the best coffee the world has to offer!

Taresa

wife/mother/blogger/grateful

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A Guadalupe Roastery Story – Part 2 – Down to Business

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A Guadalupe Roastery Story – Part 1 – Beginnings

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As promised, I will tell the beginning of the story of Guadalupe Roastery in this blog post, but first let me introduce myself and my husband, Brad.

Brad and I are both from relatively small towns in the great state of Wisconsin. We now live in Ave Maria, FL and the roastery is headquartered in the nearby town of Immokalee, FL.

Brad has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a heart for the poor. The idea behind Guadalupe Roastery was developed in his mind long before he and I ever met. In fact, he went to Honduras in 2008 with the plan to begin a coffee cooperative. Thanks to a rainy day, a cow in the road, a totaled rental car, and a lack of savings to fall back on, he ended up working on a coffee farm for $5 a day and eventually had to come back to the states to look for employment.

He got a job in medical sales and began advancing quickly. A better opportunity presented itself near his hometown, and he took it. All the while, he lived as simply as possible and saved. He never forgot the idea. He was saving for a second go at it, and this time he would be more prepared.

Then he met me.

We hit it off right away. There was so much we had in common (I happen to be a bit of a dreamer too). We talked and talked about the future and what it might hold for us. He explained his idea for a coffee cooperative. I couldn’t wrap my brain around the big picture, but I thought it was a noble idea nonetheless.

Prior to our engagement, he took me up to Door County, Wisconsin to see an old cafe/ice cream parlor that had gone up for sale. It was on a beautiful piece of lakefront property, but was in serious disrepair. Brad wanted to buy it and turn it into a coffeehouse with a roaster inside. There was a teeny tiny apartment in the upstairs and I could read his thoughts before he even spoke them. Two birds, one stone, a place of business AND a place to live.

As you can imagine, I was less than thrilled with the idea. I said nothing. Instead, I prayed for him to change his mind.

He did just that. It was too risky. He hadn’t saved enough to take such a risk, especially when he had rings and wedding bells on his mind.

Next thing you know, we were married.
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Another big opportunity in his career presented itself in Florida. Both he and I had this odd sense of peace with the idea of picking up and moving to Florida. I had never considered Florida as a place to settle down. Call me crazy, but the alligator infested waters and venomous snake population weren’t exactly beckoning. However, upon investigating the small town of Ave Maria a bit, I was sold.

We moved in January of 2015.
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I agreed. We had saved plenty at this point and I more or less thought of it as an expensive hobby.

He took a coffee roasting class, got the roaster, and began roasting coffee on our back lanai.
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Now, when it comes to book smarts I’m no dummy, but I have to admit my ignorance when it comes to the ways of the world.

I was about to learn… a lot.

~To be continued next week.~

Taresa

wife/mother/blogger/perpetual student
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What’s Brewing – Media and Travel!

[av_image src=’http://sandbox.blackstripeventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/whats-brewing-300×100.png’ attachment=’1827′ attachment_size=’medium’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’ admin_preview_bg=”][/av_image] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”] Well, it’s week two of my blogging resolution and honestly, there is so much brewing at Guadalupe Roastery that I can hardly keep it all straight. Many things are in the infancy stages right now and we’ll have to keep those under wraps for the time being, but there are two things I can assure you of:

1. There will be more media coming your way!

Why more media?

First off, it’s super fun!

Secondly, we can tell you how we’re different from other coffee companies, but it’s much more effective (and way cooler) to show you!

And lastly, we’ve discovered that there are so many artistic, creative, and professional visionaries in our own backyard. We couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to put their gifts and talents into action.

We’re excited to show you what they’ve been working on – hopefully soon!

If you haven’t seen the first few productions we’ve released, you ought to check them out. The first was a short documentary detailing our relationship with a farming family in Nicaragua and their hired workers. It’s a beautifully done film by Travis Ratcliff. Check it out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dYdeV4gA_k

The second was a video produced by a local Ave Maria resident and friend, Gregg Clemons. It focuses on the coffee club – what it is and how it works. Check it out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA07RLYg4ak

We’d like to thank both of them for all of their hard work and for sharing their gifts with us.

2. We are looking to expand our distribution beyond the continental U.S.

Canada, we’re coming for ya!
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And while our neighbors to the north with likely be the first, they will not be the last to see GR set up shop. Brad already has his sights set on a few other locations. I’ll leave it at that for fear I’m inducing unnecessary anxiety for our family members who might be reading this. 🙂

Of course, I will also say that “Home-Sweet-Wisconsin” is ever on the radar screen. We’d love to see a studio and a roasting room be built in our home state, along with a place for us to live – whether it be temporary or long-term.

All of this means we’ve pretty much solidified our decision to homeschool our oldest child who will be in kindergarten this coming school year. We know it’s not the conventional choice, but we’re not real conventional people. 😉

Even without the prospect of family travel, we think homeschool is the best option for Philomena – at least at this stage of her life.

So, while that in itself is a lot brewing, there is so much more.

Andrew has some big things going on in the background too, but I’m not at liberty to share the details…yet.

What’s brewing in your world? Share with us at https://www.facebook.com/GuadalupeRoastery/

It also has occurred to me that many of you reading this have no idea who we are or how we got to this point, so next week I’ll do more of a “where we’ve been” type blog post instead of a “where we’re going” one. It will give a glimpse into our journey up until this point. It’s a long story, but I’ll try to highlight only the best parts.

That’s it for now.

I need a refill of my Nicaragua Roast!
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Taresa

wife/mother/blogger/coffee aficionado
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What’s Brewing – New Year’s Resolutions

[av_image src=’http://sandbox.blackstripeventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/whats-brewing-300×100.png’ attachment=’1827′ attachment_size=’medium’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’ admin_preview_bg=”][/av_image] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”] Hello and happy 2018! We’ve got a lot of things brewing this year at Guadalupe Roastery. I think 2018 is going to shape up to be a pretty tremendous year with lots of new adventures!

Someone ought to blog about it, don’t you think?

Well, I’ve decided to make that my New Year’s Resolution!

The blog, with the new title, What’s Brewing, will give you a sneak peak into the goings on at Guadalupe Roastery and into our family’s journey through it all.

If you’re a member of the Coffee Club, you already receive the Brewing Bulletin each month, which is a great way to learn about the farmers we’re working with and to stay connected to other Coffee Club members. This blog, will be a different way to stay connected. My hope is that, through it, you can feel like you’re really a partner in this mission with us – because you are!

It’s not just for Coffee Club Members either, feel free to share it.

Brad’s biggest wish this year is to be able to quit his corporate job – don’t tell his boss 😉

While it has given our family a major sense of security during the startup of GR, we are hoping that this is the year he can leave it behind and really focus on his dream with this coffee company!

My dream? To become a farm girl of course – hey, it could happen!

I’m taking my motto for the year from none other than the brave and faithful St. Joan of Arc
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Share your coffee photos on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/GuadalupeRoastery/
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Taresa

wife/mother/blogger/hopeful farm-girl 😉
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