who we are
Hi, we’re Melissa and Steve, the creators of Goodbrew.
We started Goodbrew because, one, we love coffee, and (more importantly) two, we love helping out the community. Each month, we visit a different local St. Louis classroom to teach the students the art of roasting. Armed with portable air roasters (AKA popcorn poppers), the boys and girls become our “co-roasters,” helping us roast a batch of coffee, all the while learning communication and team-building skills. Ten percent of all proceeds are donated directly back to that classroom, helping them fund supplies, learning materials, or anything else they may need.
Giving back has always been important to Melissa, as being on the receiving end of the kindness of strangers changed her life and the lives of her family members. Here’s Melissa in her own words:
When I was in eighth grade, my youngest brother, Jeremiah, was born. He had a rough start and wasn’t expected to live more than a few months. When my parents heard this, they wanted to make sure that even if his life was short, he would still know the feeling of ‘home.’ So after much debate with his doctors, and after spending months in the ICU, my parents took him out of the hospital and brought him home. My dad was a mailman and my mom was a stay-at-home mom with (now) six kids. Money was always a little tight, but now with a sick child, things got really hard. There were doctor’s appointments and procedures as well as physical therapy and at-home nurses. So many things my family needed, but couldn’t afford. However, once people heard about Jeremiah and our family, so many kind souls wanted to help out.
I remember one Christmas, my parents weren’t able to get us much, so an organization came by and dropped off a huge bag of things for me, and for each one of the kids. It totally changed our holiday. Another time, Jeremiah had a doctor’s appointment in Kansas City and a local pilot flew my parents up there in a private plane just because he had heard that they needed a ride. There were so many instances where strangers stepped up and really helped my family when we needed it most.
Now that I’m an adult, I want to be on the other side. I was the recipient of so much goodwill and directly saw its impact on my family. I want to be able to pay that goodwill forward and do that kind of good for others in our community; a community that gave me so much when I needed it.