WHAT A YEAR!
What a past couple of years.
I really want to thank each of you who takes the time to read these articles, like posts, and share content. Without you, Commonly Coffee would not be here celebrating another anniversary.
It’s certainly been a crazy year. I never would have imagined having to do a re-brand after just 18 months but I am so glad that it happened. I shared back in January the back-story to why I chose the name…
so why commonly?
Well a quick google search will tell you that synonyms for commonly are “often” & “frequent”, and while that certainly describes my perspective when it comes to coffee drinking schedule, another descriptor that sealed the deal for me was from the Cambridge Dictionary where it defined commonly as “shared between two or more people“.
That was it. If there is any better description of WHY I love coffee so much and love writing about it on this blog, is because while coffee is fine to enjoy by oneself, coffee-for me-takes on a whole other meaning when it is something shared between two people.
So with that definition there was no turning back. And this year we have really seen some incredible growth. I have had the privilege of showcasing some amazing coffee roasters, and getting to collaborate with some great local companies here in Calgary like Local Laundry & Friday Sock Co. I swear that these companies love Calgary and love coffee (perhaps even more than I do)! I would have to say one of the craziest things over this past year is that we hit 1,000 followers and then 2,000 followers just a few months later over on our Instagram.
One of my top highlights of this past year was getting the chance to join the team at Holey Brewed. It has been quite the wild ride being a part of Canada’s fastest coffee culture and content platform and the growth has been anything short of exponential. A huge thanks goes to Brandon for inviting me onto the leadership team! I’m also thankful for Brew Perfect Box for keeping me well caffeinated these past few months and ensuring this BC-boy gets his fix of amazing Vancouver coffee roasters that I do so greatly miss no longer living in that city.
I can’t reflect on this past year and not speak to the effects of COVID-19 on the specialty coffee community. While this has certainly been devastating in so many ways it was simultaneously remarkable to witness first-hand the coffee community rally around each other to forge a support network through so many creative means. While we are still not out of the woods yet I am thankful to have been able to do albeit a small part, still something to help champion the amazing coffee community we have here in Canada…and I was not about to loose that due to the economic down-turn.
But above all of this, I am thankful that Commonly Coffee acts as a platform to connect fellow coffee drinkers across the globe. The opportunity to help educate and inspire people to brew great coffee at home is a privilege and something that this site will always make as one of its top goals. I want to say a huge thank you again to the team at RoofTop Coffee Roasters for the conversation we had two years ago here in Calgary where you encouraged me to pursue launching a coffee blog. You have always been such a source of support and friendship.
I can’t wait for what this next year will bring. Once again thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey.