I went to the post office to mail out this week's coffees
and the amount that I was charged for shipping was nearly $12.
I was shocked.
This is a package that is about 1.2 LBS.
And yes, it's going across the country,
but it is going across the country on vehicles which are already going that way.
These packages were not a special trip.
Every one who is shipping 1 LB packages are paying $12.
I knew that the prices were going to be changing -
we moved from New Brighton, Minnesota
to Brattleboro, Vermont -
but this was a surprise.
Most all of you knew about the move,
but for those who are hearing about it for the first time:
I was offered the Head Roaster job a couple months back,
and Becky and I decided to go for it.
I arrived a week ago Saturday.
Brattleboro is a great place.
For you Minnesotans,
it's like a mix between Ely, Minnesota
and Northeast Minneapolis.
It's hours away from large metropolises.
It's very out-doorsey.
There are a lot of artists and artists studios here.
Almost all the businesses have real character.
They've been around for a long time.
But the setting is rugged.
And it's essentially the wilderness.
I took a bike ride this past weekend
and it only took me a few miles to get away from anything that looked like I was near a town.
I was looking over miles and miles of green mountains.
But I am faced with a difficult decision regarding Tiny House Coffee.
I never felt good about the shipping costs
but it seemed a necessary evil for this business model,
and the reality was that we handed off just as much coffee as we shipped out
so it worked great.
But now that we are here,
the land of $12 shipping costs,
I'm going to have to see if we can continue to ship out coffee.
I don't want to double the cost of the coffee to all of you good folks who get our coffee.
But if I were to cover the cost of shipping at the current prices
I couldn't even cover the cost of the beans
much less the other materials,
or time behind the roaster.
Not to mention anything that would look like a profit (not that it's ever been about that).
So, as of now I'm going to take a pause on roasting and shipping any more coffee.
I will keep blogging, and I think that will be a bit more consistent since the major part of the move is behind us.