006 more socks needed
How many pairs of socks does it take to keep your feet warm in a coffee roastery?
The honest answer is that I don't know yet and I'm starting to wonder if it's even possible. I guess this one of the occupational hazards of working in a tin shed during the coldest week of February that I can ever remember.
Note to self for next winter - invest in some proper cold weather gear and be content (and warm) walking around like an over inflated Michelin man.
I am very much looking forward to the incoming Nirvana like state of spring where this place will be on par with Goldilocks' bowl of porridge - not too hot, not too cold. Just right.
Anyway. I digress and on a positive, losing the feeling of the extremities of my body has really sharpened the mind this week. Concentrating on some super exciting projects we've got in the pipeline has distracted me away from my feelings of self pity and meant that we've got some real good work done.
One of the hardest tasks we have here at Odd Kin is to rein it in sometimes, the team are constantly coming up with new ideas around what we want to bring to life and achieve with this place. It's easy to get carried away and start everything, but finish nothing.
With such a small team we have to be disciplined enough to only concentrate on one or two projects at any one time. This approach can feel frustrating as things tend to move slowly, but we are all in agreement that crafting this place over years, not weeks is the way to go. It will be far more satisfying creating a business that we are proud of than rushing our way through, leaving a trail of mediocre work in our wake.
If we can finish each day having shuffled the business an inch further forward then we will probably be onto something in the long run.
Hopefully in the coming months you will start to notice cool new things popping into place and us as a business and people evolving, changing and hopefully improving.
If you've ordered coffee recently, you might even notice that the back labels on our bags don't peel off around the edges anymore. Exciting stuff. Next, we might even manage to spell Colombia correctly on our coffee info cards.
The sky really is the limit.
As I've said from the beginning, the main aim of this Journal is to give you an insight into what we are doing each week and to build a community of people who have really bought in to Odd Kin.
So, on that note - what do you want to see from us moving forward and how can we make you day a little brighter?
I know that we've had loads of requests for a coffee subscription and that's something we are currently working on. You can even register your interest here and receive a 25% discount off your next order to keep you going! Don't say we never give you anything.
Please get in touch in the comments below or ping me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts, I would genuinely love to hear from you.
The more we work together on this the more likely we are going to deliver exceptional moments for you. And that's the reason we starting this thing in the first place.
Sam & The Odd Kin Fam