Hiring those with Developmental Disabilities is a matter of Leadership!

Last time we posted I discussed how my hunch that hiring people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) was key to a business’ success. It wasn’t an option. If a company is going to be all they can be then they need to hire those with IDD.

I ran across an empirical study that backed up my hunch. With permission of the research company we have put the research on our website as a free item you can order. Since it’s a PDF file you can down load it immediately. Report by the Institute for Corporate Productivity

I’ll be unpacking this great research over the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget that our special people at Furnace Hills Coffee roast special coffee. We believe we have the best coffee you can purchase, so shop for some today on our website (www.furnacehillscoffee.com).

Key findings
Survey analysis of organizations that employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities found:
1) Companies hire people with IDD for business reasons and are rewarded with business benefits.
Multiple dividends are cited, including the addition of highly motivated employees, demonstrating an inclusive and diverse culture that’s attractive to critical talent pools, and improving customer satisfaction.
2) The profile of a worker with IDD reads like that of an ideal employee.
Descriptors of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities include: dependable, engaged, motivated, great attendance, attention to work quality, and high productivity.
3) Positive reactions from employers abound.
Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed say hiring workers with IDD has been a positive experience, and of those, nearly one-third say the experience has exceeded their expectations.
4) Challenges are fewer than expected and resources are greater than anticipated.
Employers report minimal difficulty with preconceived challenges, while support resources for a successful placement—like job profile matching and guided onboarding—are readily available.
Analysis of the data also revealed that success related to hiring workers with IDD is reflective of the level of commitment an organization has to diversity and inclusion (D&I). Integrating D&I as part of the overall organizational strategy—as opposed to addressing it as part of a compliance initiative, a general corporate social responsibility strategy, or simply not addressing it at all—is a critical first step—one that also has a positive
connection to market performance.

What do you think of this research? Does it change the way you think of hiring those with IDD? Can we work together to change the workplace landscape in America?


Where is Coffee Grown in the US?

Where is Coffee Grown in the US?

At least once a week we get this question. Many people think that coffee is grown in the United States and we ship if from Alabama or Mississippi to our Furnace Hills Coffee roastery in Westminster, MD to roast and then make available to you. Well coffee is grown in the United States, but just in one place. That place is Hawaii. You see, coffee is grown between the 25’s. More directly between 25 degrees south and 25 degrees north. Outside of that band around the world, good coffee cannot be grown. As you can tell from the map below Miami, FL is outside of this coffee growing belt that encircles our planet. 

So do you have a special liking to the coffees from these countries? Do you know about the coffees that come from these countries to make an informed choice? Some of you do others don’t. Our list of single origin coffees are as follows:

  • Bolivian Superior
  • Honduran
  • Aquas de Marco — Brazil
  • Espirito Santo — Costa Rica
  • Ethiopian
  • Sumatran
  • Monsoon Myst — India
  • Colombian

We are considering a virtual tour of the world. We are thinking of offering a coffee travel club that features twelve single origin coffees a year. We would give those who subscribe information on the country and farm the coffee comes from.

What countries would you like to drink coffee from?

What should we title this coffee travel club?

Furnace Hills Coffee Shop:

When we reach 400 pounds of roasting/selling each week we’re going to move our coffee roasters to the back and build out a coffee bar in front. We are less than 100/week away from that milestone. Here’s what we think our shop will look like:

Furnace Hills Coffee Shop

Furnace Hills Coffee Shop

So what do you think? Is it a place you would visit? Besides our famous Furnace Hills Coffees, what else should we offer? Should we be a Third Wave shop and forego all the expensive brewing equipment and do pour overs? What should our hours be? Should we be open on Sunday?

Although the coffee shop in the picture is in London I think we’ll be able to copy most of what they have done inside as well.

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Coffee Special:

Good Morning Everyone,

In honor of hurricane Sandy we are holding a bit of a sale. We can’t be at the roastery today so we thought we’d try something like this. Go to our website (www.furnacehillscoffee.com) and look

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...

through our offerings of coffee. Then send us an email at davidmbaldwin@gmail.com with your order. We’ll take 10% off the order and anything of 4 pounds or more will get free shipping. We’ll bill you through PayPal. This offer is good through Halloween Night Midnight October 31st.

Share with us what coffee you are drinking today!

Thank you in advance for buying some coffee from us!


Dave, Erin, Lia, Regina & Kesha

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Coffee Consumption Rises Worldwide!

Good news for Furnace Hills Coffee Company. Yes worldwide coffee consumption is at an all time high in 2011. Below you’ll see the reports that are out re: coffee consumption and the new & emerging markets.

Here’s a question for you: Are you drinking more coffee this year than you did last? Is your personal coffee consumption up?

Worldwide coffee consumption increased by 1.3% to 139 million bags (of 60 kg each) in 2011 compared to 137.2 million bags in 2010 driven by growing demand in Brazil, Vietnam, Mexico, India, Venezuela and other countries, according to International Coffee Organization (ICO) .

As per the ICO data, exporting countries consumed 42.4 million bags of coffee in 2011 compared to 41 million bags in the prior year period.

Roasted coffee beans Español: Granos de café t...

Roasted coffee beans Español: Granos de café tostado (natural). Bahasa Indonesia: Biji kopi alami yang telah disangrai. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In its latest report the organization said: “The highest rates of growth (consumption) have been found mostly in exporting countries, which have increased their share of the total from 25 per cent in 2000 to 30.5 per cent in 2011,” reported The Economic Times.

The consumption in importing countries, including the US, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, the UK and Spain, was 96.6 million bags in 2011 compared to 96.1 million bags in the year ago period.

The importing countries, including the US, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, the UK and Spain, consumed 96.6 million bags in 2011 compared to 96.1 million bags in 2010.

In emerging markets like Russia, Korea, Ukraine, Australia, Algeria, etc, coffee consumption increased marginally to 25.8 million bags from 25.2 million bags in the previous crop year.

The global coffee production has been estimated flat at 134.3 million bags in the 2011-12 crop year, which runs from October to September, compared to 2010-11 as the shortfall in production in Brazil was compensated by increased production in other countries, particularly Vietnam, Peru and Honduras, ICO was cited by the news paper. (Taken from Hot Drinks Business Review, October 22, 2012) (http://hotdrinks.drinks-business-review.com/)

What Furnace Hills Coffees may you drink more of this next year? Check out our coffee offerings at http://furnacehillscoffee.com.

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Coffee Facts:

We know this is a bit late — National Coffee Day was a couple of weeks ago — but thought you’d like these facts anyway! There are a couple of questions at the bottom of the page. Let us know what you think.

Some eye-opening facts just in time for National Coffee Day (Sept. 29).What facts on this Infographic surprise you? What one fact were you ignorant of? Visit our website & tell us what your favorite Furnace Hills Coffee is … (www.furnacehillscoffee.com).

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From time to time I’ll be sharing some coffee news with you. Below you’ll find an infographic that represents the annual study done by Dunkin Donut & CareerBuilder in coffee drinking habits. This chart shows the top fifteen coffee drinking professions.

This infographic was created by the Japanese coffee-lover Ryoko Iwata. Dial into our blog tomorrow for part 2 of Half Steps.

Also check out our website for our latest coffee offerings: http://furnacehillscoffee.com 

What surprises you about the data? What do you think would be the sixteenth profession?

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