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Why does our Wi Fi suck?

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We have gotten feedback from some customers that our Wi Fi is to slow but I want to let you know the reason behind it isn’t about being cheap but is related to our overall philosophy of what we want the Bergies experience to be. It’s not just about a great drink but creating a unique environment to enjoy that drink.

We live in an environment of faster, faster, faster in all areas of life and especially related to our technology.  I find myself frustrated quite often when my technology doesn’t go as fast as I think it should. I need to remind myself often of the big take away I learned from my journey up Mount Kilimanjaro last summer.

The mantra of the entire hike was pole, pole which in Swahili means slowly, slowly. Our guides conveyed to us a daunting journey to over 19,000 feet will not be successful for the average person unless you move slowly.  This became overwhelmingly apparent as the trip progressed. I have also learned this also applies to our everyday life journey.

When I asked one of the older African leaders of our group why we didn’t experience some of the amazing experiences the African leaders of our team had  in their journeys his answer was “your American, you never take time to slow down and listen”  This was a profound revelation for me as I thought about my life and the faster, faster mentality that I myself had adopted over the years. I think often, how did I get this old and where did the time go? Could I have enjoyed life more if I wasn’t always in such a hurry?

Technology has given us instant gratification in most areas of our lives but ultimately it seems only to provide fleeting happiness in our society. I’m old enough to remember life without cell phones and the internet and amazingly we survived growing up without these conveniences.

What does all of this have to do with our little coffee shop in downtown Gilbert you may be thinking?  Well its related to an environment that we have chosen to create.  We have tried to create an opportunity to slow down, get away from the technology part of life and have conversation, meditation or just a place to enjoy a drink and watch the world go by! Please never expect to see televisions in our shop! There is so much more to be enjoyed in life by taking time each day to turn away from the technology and reflect on the life and people right in front of us.

Now more than ever I appreciate the opportunity to build community over coffee and reflect on what binds us together not what makes us different.

All of us at Bergies appreciate the privilege of serving each customer and we strive to make your day better by stopping by regardless if the visit is for several minutes or several hours.  We want your day to be better because you made the effort to choose us!

My challenge for you is to take a few minutes today to turn off technology and listen.  It may be to listen to your partner, a child, God, a friend, or nature.   Everything has a message to share when we take the time to “listen”.

In addition to pole, pole our African friends taught us pamoja, pamoja which means together, together which is the way Brian and I successfully climbed to the rooftop of Africa last summer.

Our Bergies team looks forward each day to working pamoja, pamoja with you to celebrate our unique community with the bonus of great coffee!

As always grateful for your patronage.

Linda

Bergies Coffee Roast House

Happy 2018!!

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It’s crazy to write these words knowing that each year passes by more quickly than the last. As I write this we are preparing to celebrate Bergies 9 year anniversary! The three of us agree, it hardly seems possible that it has been 9 years since we first opened our doors. For those of you who don’t know our story let me give you a recap.
Just over nine years ago the economy had taken a downturn and Brian had been laid off from an airline job and Bruce was a contractor. Brian’s supervisor at that job was a home roaster. He introduced Brian to coffee roasting (yes on a hot air popcorn popper). Brian and Bruce were both avid Coffee drinkers at the S word franchise, and I didn’t like coffee.
The experience of drinking fresh roasted coffee sparked a new passion for Brian and all of the elements of a bigger design came together.
Our little house that we had only previously rented to others suddenly was vacant. Brian was out of a job and the construction industry had a meltdown.  Boutique coffee roasting was starting to become more popular. So, on a whim, we discussed opening a coffee Roast House in our little cottage.
On naive faith, a shoestring budget and a crash course on the espresso machine we opened Bergies. After 3 grueling years of Brian and Bruce doing everything and me continuing to work at my job to pay the bills we were able to hire our first employee! We now felt like we were going to make it. About 5 years in, our neighborhood started to drastically change and all of a sudden our cozy downtown started getting quite a lot of attention and the rest is history. If you have been around since the beginning you may at times lament not having the same environment where you could come in and chat with Brian and Bruce sometimes for a long time uninterrupted!
At times, we miss those days too. Happily though the growth of our business has allowed us to have a staff of incredible individuals who represent our Bergies philosophy of not only providing a great drink in a unique Environment but more importantly experiencing something special while you are here. We are committed to keeping our hometown feel, no matter how much our historic district changes. Our priority is always about the people experience at Bergies with the bonus of quality small batch roasted coffee for our customers.
This Bergies experience has turned out to be so much bigger and better than we could ever have dreamed nine years ago. If you are in the area January 20th please stop in and celebrate with us and let us show our appreciation for all of you. It will be a day of music, food, fun and a time to say thank you we wouldn’t still be doing this if it wasn’t for the daily encouragement and support from our incredible customers, staff and neighbors. We also have an amazing behind the scene team that works our social media to perfection. We know a natural part of a successful business is change but rest assured we will always remain committed to provide an exceptional experience for our customers and friends whose support we so appreciate.
On behalf of Brian, myself and Bruce we say thank you with our deepest gratitude to everyone who has made this past nine years possible and we look forward to another amazing year. We appreciate the privilege of doing business in our town, Gilbert Arizona.

Beans The Cat

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Beans The Cat

A twist on the Bergies beans story, Beans the cat that is.

If you come in regularly you probably have spotted a small grey cat with green Eyes wandering our property or sitting with Lisa (her favorite person).  We are asked about her often so I thought I would share her story.

About a year and a half ago I went to our side yard to grab the rake and I met a small cat with 3 newborn kittens tucked in behind some tables.  My first thought, Oh no not again!  Yes, about a year prior we had the exact same experience with a different cat with 3 newborn kittens.  I guess our little house has just enough safe space to attract feral cats!

Fortunately, with that first cat & litter we found homes for the mama and kittens between family, employees and customers. This time though it was the height of kitten season and all the shelters were full and the answer was no each time we asked someone if they would like a kitten.  We even contemplated giving a pound of coffee free with each cat. For the time being they would have to call Bergies home.   After many attempts, some scratches and some embarrassing tries we were finally able to trap this bunch and take them all in to be spayed and have a health check.

Eventually we found a home for one kitten and then we had a family of three. They were cute to watch and the kittens became friendly enough to touch but they kept making a mess and mama was not keen on them permanently staying together.  Cat fights are not exactly part of the environment we were trying to create on our Bergies patio!  After a lot of searching Lisa found a home for the kittens and I believe this I part of the reason Lisa is Bean’s favorite human.

After some discussion and another cat starting to hang around, we decided that this cat should become a permanent fixture or we would be in an endless cycle of feral cat babies.  Well that was over a year ago and “Beans” has now become part of the Bergies team.  She welcomes the openers every morning at our gate and has even become bold enough to come to the back door and scratch or cry if we aren’t fast enough at getting her bowl filled with food.

To assure us that this is her home she occasionally brings us “presents” that we would prefer not to have but this is what cats do.  We now admit that most of us have become very fond of our mascot, Beans the cat. She adds another element that makes Bergies Coffee Roast House the unique experience it is.

We wish you a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

Linda & the entire staff of Bergies Coffee Roast House