I don’t know about you, but before a lot of us here in the office can even entertain the thought of getting our day started, we need a nice warm cup of joe. Whether we brew a cup just before we run out of the door or brew a cup in-house on our Epting Keurig, we all love our coffee. Sometimes when we feel like we’ve planned the ultimate event, it is someone’s birthday and we want to treat them to something nice or we just need an extra special pick-me-up, we’ll grab our coffee elsewhere and 1000 Faces is one of our favorite stops.
1000 Faces is a local coffee roaster that was founded in 2007 by Ben Myers. He grew up in California and later studied ecology at Berkeley University. Ben still runs the roaster and continues to inspire his employees to view all aspects of coffee, the growth, harvest, transport, roasting and brewing, through an “ecological lens.” 1000 Faces was not always at its current location on Barber Stree; the roaster was first born in a small garage in Winterville where Ben was able to learn the ins-and-outs of the roasting industry. Once Ben had soaked up all the available knowledge, he moved his business to its current, quaint location on Barber Street. Ben named his roaster 1000 Faces after a book written by Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. The book includes a series of stories that highlight cultures around the world. Campbell was able to convey how similar the cultures turned out to be and therefore developed a concept he named, “the monomyth.” According to Alex Reubert, a 1000 Faces colleague, “The name “1000 Faces” fit because of how well the connections Campbell made between religion, culture, and myth paralleled the way our company draws together coffee, people, and place.”
The roaster prides itself on buying high-quality beans from farmers that believe in promoting sustainability within the environment so that they can be considered a speciality roaster. In turn, the land the coffee is grown in is better treated, the farmers are paid more for their product and the coffee is outstanding. “The best thing about being a specialty coffee roaster is that we get to have some say in where the coffee industry is going, and agriculture in general. Only 3% of the world’s coffee is considered “speciality,” but as more and more people’s concepts of quality and ecological responsibility shift, I’m sure that number will grow,” said Alex.
The Espresso Savio is 1000 Faces’ best selling coffee. It is a three-part blend that can be put through an espresso machine. So, in other words, as you sip your cup of coffee you would notice tastes of fruit, chocolate and earthy undertones, as well as a creamy consistency. If you are looking for a colder beverage to fight the heat, the roaster also now offers a cold brew coffee. It is nutty and chocolaty brew that will definitely satisfy not only your caffeine needs, but also give you something refreshing to sip on while out in the hot Georgia sun.
Customers can purchase 1000 Faces coffee in a number of places around the Athens community, like the Daily Co-op and World Famous (and Harry’s? check). The roaster also hosts cupings at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Imagine a cupping to be like a wine tasting, but replace the wine with specialty coffee. All cuppings are open to the public. Tours of the roaster can also happen anytime from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. According to a blog post from 2009, “Usually we are so hyped up on caffeine we start dancing. I would estimate that there is more dancing per workplace at 1000 Faces than anywhere in Athens or greater Southeast (during daylight hours). Alex let us know that this statement still rings true today, so don’t be alarmed if you see the 1000 Faces crew showing off their dances skills whenever you stop by for your caffeine boost!
The Epting Events family cannot get enough of 1000 Faces coffee and cannot wait for the new additions to their menu. We hear that a Nicaraguan coffee called Finca Idealista is in the works that has a chocolate and fruit taste to it, and you can bet we’ll be one of the first in line to try it! The atmosphere in 1000 Faces is one that can’t be beat and we are lucky enough to be a quick drive down the road. “The next time you run out of coffee, or just need a breath during your daily routine, stop by the roaster and refuel. Part of my job is to be there for people that come by and want to talk about coffee, or anything, really,” says Alex. So keep 1000 Faces in mind whenever you brew your last cup of coffee at home, you’re running around Athens and need a jump start, or if you’re just simply looking for that special cup of joe.
Writer: Desiree Sullivan
Photographer: 1000 Faces