It starts with a drive up the mountain. A steep, winding drive that brings you closer and closer to the cloud line. The air becomes drier and thinner, the vegetation changes from plush bushes to soaring trees and layers of undergrowth. The only sounds you hear are the birds, the engine, and an occasional car in the distance...
"We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” As a family business with a number of longtime employees, we take the sentiment of this quote to heart. We recognize that the actions we do or do not make today shape tomorrow for our families, for our company, and... Continue Reading →
Mills Coffee Roasting Co., one of the nation's oldest roasters, was founded by Thomas Mills, who emigrated from Scotland around 1860. Thomas originally called the company Mills Tea and Butter Company, only extending into coffee in the late 1800s / early 1900s. Thomas ran the company with the help of his sons -- after pulling... Continue Reading →
What makes our decaf different? It was crafted by a mother who loved her morning coffee almost as much as she loved her toddler, unborn son, and family. The original Qween Bean (her preferred spelling), Susan Mills, had a 1-year old daughter, Nicole, and was pregnant with her son, David, when she stepped in to co-run Mills... Continue Reading →
People say I am too young to remember but I know they are wrong. I’ll never forget the first time I saw that deep brown molten silk gracefully pierce the white of the milk below, creating a marvelously caramel-colored swirl in the bottom of my white cup. my cup – my first unforgettable cup of... Continue Reading →
Ryan, Thank you for these great pictures! http://www.ryandevoll.com/ Susan Mills, (aka, TheQueenBean) Yes, we really move most of the bags by hand... Mike L - a 20+ year roaster!
Moms hold a very special spot at The Queen Bean and this week, we like to celebrate them all year long! The thoughts 'mom' and 'coffee' are two sides of the same coin for me; I can't think of one without thinking of the other. My brother and I were always at the roasting plant... Continue Reading →