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...
Pregnant? A toddler? A business to run and no coffee?!? The story of The Queen Bean decaf
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 →
My first cup
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 →
QB coffee stories: mothers and grandmothers
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 →
Meet some of the QB / Mills rescue animals!
We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. ~ Immanual Kant Here at the QB / Mills, we believe that giving back to the community -- in all ways and in all forms, is the foundation of success. Over the years, we've supported numerous youth, veteran, and animal rescue organizations.... Continue Reading →
Coffee talk and grandmothers
"Don't talk to me before my first up of coffee." My grandmother used to wake up at 4:30 am so she could ease into the day, sipping her first cup of coffee uninterrupted. Most of the time nana came across as a patient, kind, generous woman but god help the fool who came between her and... Continue Reading →
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