What's on Terry's Turntable


2020 is our 20th Anniversary, and, boy, did we have big plans. Rebecca and I were going to drive around and see all our friends and their cafés. The universe, evidently, had other ideas. On January 7th, Rebecca and some ski friends were caught in the avalanche at Silver Mountain Ski Area. Three people died and four survived. Our lives, in different ways, changed forever. So it goes. Jump to February, and we were all hearing more and more about the COVID-19 virus. In a very short time, we were paying a lot of attention. It hit hard close to home in Seattle, which had us definitely sitting up in our seats. Now, of course, it’s here, and toilet paper is the new gold standard. We have all been asked to work from home and travel to the store only when absolutely necessary. Recent earthquakes in Utah and Idaho, oh my! It’s been a heck of year already.

DOMA has been identified as an important cog in the industrial machine during the pandemic. We get to stay open and continue to roast coffee. I’m happy for the people we work with and our customer friends. As the café’s start closing, I am saddened beyond belief. I don’t know what to do or how to help. This is going to affect everyone in the supply chain in ways we can’t comprehend yet. But we’ll come out of this. Better. Smarter. Stronger. More compassionate.

 In the last few weeks, I’ve found myself reaching out to friends everywhere. Checking in. Are you ok? Do you need coffee? Be safe. Stay healthy. I love you. I wrap myself in the security blanket of email responses. Thank you. I hope you all know how much this means. Did I mention, I love you?

Since day one we’ve always done our best to roast great coffee, realizing there is a bigger picture. Maybe we’re having a glimpse of that bigger picture right now. Kinder. Gentler. A better version of who we are as people on this planet.

Why do we do what we do? Because too many other coffee roasters do what we don’t. Because any other way just wouldn’t be right. This is what makes DOMA. For me, the question has never been, “why do we do what we do,” it’s always been, why would you do it any other way?

Peace and Love in 2020. We’ll see you out there.