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The Z Beans Stories

Leonardo and I joined forces once again yesterday, January 11, 2020, as we began working on our chocolate processing facility in Zaruma, Ecuador. While Leonardo and I will be working on painting and laying concrete over the next few days, the goal is for this job to never end. The goal is for Z Beans Chocolate to bring stability - For it to be something where Leonardo, and hopefully many other people of Ecuador, can find financial peace...
While we will have standard chocolate with varying amounts of cocoa, our focus will be on chocolate bars infused with fruits from our farmer's plantations. We will purchase our chocolate directly from farmers, like our coffee, and we will purchase fruits from their plantations as well. We will dehydrate the fruits, grind them down, and infuse the fruit within the chocolate...

To our customers: Thank you for your support, guidance, feedback, and trust this year. Without you, Z Beans would not be where it is today.

To the teammates that are with Z Beans today and to those who have moved on over the past year: Thank you for your hard work, trust, and commitment. Without you, Z Beans would not be where it is today. 

To our farmers: Thank you for welcoming us - for allowing Z Beans to be a part of your family. Your commitment, attention to detail, and hard work is forever admirable. Without you, Z Beans would not be where it is today. 

To Marie and Fabricio: Thank you for believing in us - for hosting us in your beautiful city of Pinas this summer. The love both of you have for coffee and entrepreneurship is contagious. Without the both of you, Z Beans would not be where it is today. 

To Arturo: Thank you for all that you do - for taking care of us while in Ecuador this summer. Your passion for Z Beans, optimism, perseverance and trust bring consistent stability. Without you, Presidente, Z Beans would not be where it is today...

As we move into 2020, we plan to take our friendships and partnerships in Ecuador a step further by adding another one of Ecuador's most prestigious agricultural products to our menu: chocolate... 
I thought about the good times - the walks, the meals, the talks. I thought about the friendships we have built and the trust we have with each other. I thought about the meaning of happiness and the difference between the worlds that I live...
We are grateful for the trust of everyone at St. Francis. Their willingness to partner so quickly with Z Beans - a business with roots over an hour and a half away - is humbling. While we still have miles and miles to go, I am grateful for just how far we have come...
On October 16, 2019, the coffee kiosk opened for business for the first time. While this is our third location, the shop will forever mean more to me. To me, it validated the prestige of Z Beans. For a large, successful organization, like Coliseum Hospital, to be willing to work with us showed that they know only respect what we do - but who we are. We are committed to the hard working farmers of Ecuador, like Coliseum is committed to their patients and staff. It's a partnership destined to happen - it's a partnership for which we are eternally grateful...
As I continue reflecting, I realize that it's the actual act of reflection that has strengthened my 'Why' - the purpose that allows me to log early mornings and late nights - the purpose that gives me confidence when problems arise - the purpose that now stands at the forefront of a company of more than 40 employees. 

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