Pursuit of Good Coffee

What’s Brewing and Baking: An Overdue Update

Since its been nearly four weeks since I started drafting this post and because I really should be packing for my trip to San Francisco but I’d rather procrastinate, its the perfect time to finish up and share!

Aside from the nitty gritty of business plan writing, site selection has been and continues to be one of our major focuses…and a true test of our patience. After almost 5 months of searching, we found what we thought to be our spot — everything about it seemed perfect. We loved the neighborhood and the building had just the character we have been talking and dreaming about. But right before the holidays and as we were nearing final lease negotiations with the building owner, we received surprising news that the owner had leased the building to someone else. Ouch! After the shock, disappointment, and tears (okay, maybe that was just me) passed, we started searching listings again and reached back out to real estate agents. After the holidays, we began pursuing a building in our immediate neighborhood, which is mostly residential. We have been able to get lots of support from our neighbors but have definitely hit some roadblocks along the way. Hopeful things will work out but a bit more careful this time around, we’re letting the property hunting continue on.

Its been easy to let the pitfalls of starting up a business dampen our moods but getting more involved with the coffee community here and remembering why and what we hoped to build here with specialty coffee and quality baked breads keeps us motivated! So we were thrilled to be one of the sponsors for New Orleans inaugural Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) latte art competition held at Spitfire Coffee in the French Quarter in January. Check out the new New Orleans Barista Social Club website for more details and upcoming events.

Life, Love, Pursuit of Good Coffee

New home for {genes and coffee beans}


Thanks to my amazing husband, {genes and coffee beans} has a new home!

Knowing I was completely intimidated by the idea of moving everything away from WordPress.com, he made the big move for me and surprised me on Valentine’s day with genesandcoffeebeans.com. After the “scary” stuff was done, it wasn’t so bad giving the blog a little makeover.

I adore him!

Life As a Genetic Counselor

Questioning the “Genetic Counselor” Professional Title

Originally posted on The DNA Exchange:

A few weeks ago, while listening to a presentation at the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellor’s (CAGC) Annual Education Conference in Vancouver, I learned that a newly created genetic counseling clinic had decided to remove the term “genetic counseling” from their clinic name. The term seemed to be confusing potential clients, and it was ultimately determined to be a barrier to getting people in the door.

Just two days earlier, I had sat in a room with the CAGC board of directors while we undertook a brainstorming exercise to try and come up with a simple and straightforward definition of “genetic counselor.” Led by a local PR & communications professional, our goal was to try and get the definition to less than 10 words. After 3 hours of lively discussion and long contemplative silences, we decided we had done the best we could do: our sentence was 17 words long…

View original 852 more words