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Progress Coffee - Austin, TX

By Jenny Brown, June 18, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jenny Brown

Video credit: Marc Hamel and Ha Lam Since Whole Foods Market has stores all over the U.S., as well as in Canada and the U.K., I rarely get the chance to meet the individuals that receive loans through our Local Producer Loan Program. They meet with representatives from their respective regions who visit their businesses, check out their products, and help them through the loan process. Every once in a while, though, I have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a loan recipient, and it’s always something that reminds me what a great program it is. So when we recently gave a loan to Progress Coffee, a café and coffee roaster located right here in Austin, Texas, of course I took the opportunity to go visit. Joshua Bingaman started the café in 2004, and Progress started selling their fair-trade, organic coffee beans to our flagship store late last year. In line with their green values, the hand-roasted coffee beans are delivered to our store on bicycle! Joshua’s going to use the loan to purchase equipment which will help them increase their volume and sell to additional customers.
Category: Local




Evan Lambert says ...
mmmmm.... love me some progress!
06/18/2009 11:01:55 PM CDT
Sean Waters says ...
Woohoo!! That is so awesome, Progress and Whole Foods seems like a great combo. I'm always glad to hear about the cool things that the local loan program is doing. Good work Jenny! So what is Progress doing with their loan?
06/22/2009 9:35:59 PM CDT
Mauricio Cremer says ...
Im so glad Whole Foods is helping such a deserving coffee shop like Progress. Those guys are on it! Sustainability, community, and amazing coffee to boot! Congratulations Progress, congratulations Whole Foods!!
06/24/2009 4:02:13 PM CDT
Scott Yeager says ...
Jenny, what Progress! So good to see the LPLP thriving and bringing it on home to Austin. The site and the blog are fantastic, with great real people stories, artfully told by... real people, and showcased by you. And congrats to Progress Coffee! Keep up the great work.
06/24/2009 10:57:34 PM CDT
Gloria Lubenau says ...
Local is almost always better. I love trying new local coffee producers!
03/17/2011 8:29:46 AM CDT
Kay Reeves says ...
I love my coffee and Progress Coffee are the best,especially because they are also organic coffee beans.
10/12/2011 9:19:39 PM CDT
laura levin says ...
Love the philosy of progess coffee. delivering their great coffee on a bicyle ,reducing the car emmisions and promoting green clean living. WONDERFUL!!!
10/12/2011 9:33:55 PM CDT