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Meet Heather Ingram of Courageous Blend Coffee in Highlands Ranch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Ingram.

Heather, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a Realtor at Perry & Co in Denver. I was involved with a company that was supposed to help those on the front lines purchase a home. The program was set up to give extra help to say Thank you for the dedication and sacrifice the hero gives everyday at their job. I found out later that the money I was giving was not going directly to the hero. This upset me and frustrated me. This lead to the next step in my process. I went to my managing broker and talked about this situation. He encouraged me to start my own program and they would support me! This gave me excitement and started my wheels going.

I started my own program with real estate that would give back to the hero. No middle man no taking part of the help all the money went directly to the hero. This got me thinking why stop? I was drinking wine with my sister and noticed on the bottle it highlighted old past criminals. I thought why highlight criminals when you could do heroes. I went to my husband and said I want to start a wine company that would highlight heroes. He knows how I am when I have an idea. He was amazing and supportive and said he was in! We started researching white wine label companies. Unfortunately starting a wine company with all the red tape in Colorado for a liqueur license is very difficult! I was drinking my coffee one morning and thought why wine how about coffee?! Every hero we are talking about drinks coffee. Then started the coffee journey. Again my husband was in and we started the coffee research!

We teamed up with Mt. Whitney Coffee and started our white label. We worked with them on what types of coffee and our label. They were extremely helpful and easy to work with. They grind our coffee package it and send it to us. We love them as well because our beans come from family-owned farms only and a portion of our purchase goes to their cause to help feed children of Africa. So we are helping twice. Then our company was created Courageous Blend Coffee! We support the heroes that do jobs everyday that most of us cannot do. These heroes are Teachers, Firefighters, Police Officers, EMT’s, Nurses and all Military Veterans and Active Duty! These people go out everyday and perform jobs that are hard mentally and physically but they still show up and give 110%. To us this is incredible and we want to give back and show our appreciation. We also felt like there is very little recognition for these careers.

This started the hero of the Month Award! We ask our coffee community to nominate a hero and tell us their story. Once someone is chosen they will be highlighted on our page, social media and any events we go to. That hero receives gifts from us and they choose what charity we donate to for that month. It is about shining a light on the incredible job each hero does. We get to thank them and give back a little to help others! This is how Courageous Blend Coffee was created!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
We definitely have had our struggles. Starting a business there is always bumps in the road. We had to learn about each stage of the business. Our first event we went to was a huge learning experience! We are a family business so our children are involved and that also has been good to teach them how a business runs and works. Events go one way in your head but never play out that way! We learned our set up needed to be better we wasted coffee at that first one. We now have a better set up and it goes much smoother. I think in each business you learn as you go and just try to do better everyday moving forward.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Courageous Blend Coffee – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Courageous Blend Coffee is a family-owned company that was created to support the heroes that do jobs everyday that most of us cannot do. These heroes are TEACHERS, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, EMT, NURSES AND ALL MILITARY VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY! These people go out everyday and perform jobs that are hard mentally and physically but they still show up and give 110%! This to us is incredible and we wanted to give back to show our appreciation. We also felt like there is very little recognition for these careers. This started our HERO OF THE MONTH AWARD! We ask our coffee community to nominate a hero and tell us their story. Once one is chosen they will be highlighted on our page, social media and any events we go to. That hero receives gifts from us and they choose what charity we donate to for that month. The month is all about them and shining light on the incredible job they are doing!

We are most proud of trying to shine a light on these heroes and show how incredible they are and they do these jobs without any recognition at all!

I think we are different because we are trying to highlight the true heroes that most people don’t think about on a daily basis.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are looking forward to starting our YouTube channel in the first of the year! This will show more about each hero and really give a glance at what a day is like for them. We hope this will give a more personal touch and really teach people about the sacrifices they make each and every day!

Pricing:

  • We donate $2.00 from every bag to the cause of the month.
  • Coffee bag is 16.00 for 12oz bag.

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Image Credit:
Photo Credit Abbah Ingram

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