Employee Newsletter 9/25/2023

CoCo Reflection from Kyle Ryan:

This Week’s CoCo: Never Stop Learning

In the spirit of Never Stop Learning, I’ve decided to take us for a detour towards a completely different topic that many might not be familiar with: editing films. Now’s the time to offer up my services if anyone ever needs help troubleshooting Adobe Premiere Pro, or After Effects, feel free to holler! I think a lot of people have the perception that editing is simply the visual effects we see in most blockbuster movies nowadays. 99% of all films ever made were shot out of order, so after the writers, directors, actors, and camera crews have wrapped up filming, the order of images and impact a piece can have relies squarely on the editors.

One of the most important books I’ve read to wrap my head around this concept has been “In the Blink of an Eye” by Walter Murch. He’s worked on countless films, Apocalypse Now and The Conversation to name just two of the big ones. Most of the material is Murch recalling the decisions he made in the editing room working on films such as the two I mentioned, but he weaves in incredibly fascinating ways to learn or re-learn the true essence of “what does it mean to make a cut?” To boil it down to one idea so this all doesn’t turn into a book itself, a cut is changing from one image to the next. It could be the same shot but at a later time, or it could be a radically different image. Let’s practice something for a second. Look to your left, take in the scenery, now close your eyes and don’t open them until you face a different direction, now what do you see? Your eyes blinking and seeing a new image is the “definition” of a cut, as explained by Walter Murch. He even remarked that if you were to stand at the front of an audience watching a film, more often than not, their eyes blink in time with most of the cuts occurring on screen. 

Similar to the blinking exercise, depending on what you ended up looking at, the varying differences in what we see are how we piece together what is happening in a film. The earliest demonstration of this is the Kuleshov Effect (named after the man who explored this idea), which treats images like hieroglyphics. In the famous example of this, we’re given a series of images: Person’s face- cut to- an apple- then cut back to- the same person’s face. Kuleshov asserted that most viewers would sum up the images as “the person in the images is looking at the apple and is hungry.” Once we start interjecting a different set of images in between, maybe images that are less subconsciously linked together than a face and an apple, we have the effect called juxtaposition. Here is where the audience gains control of the image, and what happens between the images is up to their interpretation.

Finally, I’ll leave you all my brief, personal guidelines to watching a movie in order to appreciate the overall edit (or even guide your own edit you might be working on): how long do the shots feel before a cut happens? What might be the intention behind cutting to this specific image? How does the previous image influence what I see now?

Thanks for sharing your reflections with us this round, Kyle!

CoCo Reflection from Claire Gorman:

Hello Stone Creek Coffee Geeks! My name is Claire Gorman, and I’ll be writing this quarter’s Core Commitment reflections! A little bit about me- I’m from small town Wisconsin and moved to Milwaukee four years ago to do two years of full-time service work at what is now called Kinship MKE, a local non-profit food center that provides food and resource connection to those in need. After my time there, I was hired at SCC as a Glendale barista, and I have been the Cafe Coach at Shorewood since January of this year. In my free time, I enjoy long bike rides to the lake, finding the best coffee shops and used bookstores on vacation, and singing classical music. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my reflections with you!

Next Week’s CoCo: Keep Your Commitments

After I accepted the barista position at SCC two years ago, I honestly was freaking out a little. Was I sure this is what I wanted to do next in life? I had just spent two intense years of my life working at a food pantry during a global pandemic, and although it was one of the best experiences of my life, I was mentally drained and knew that I couldn’t jump into a full-time corporate job right away. Although I felt pressured to do just that, I had a commitment to take care of myself and to listen to my own intuition…which was telling me to slow down and work part-time as a barista. 

I’m so glad I kept my commitment to working here, despite my fears of the unknown. I was able to take time to nurture my relationships, hobbies, and take care of my mental health. I was welcomed into a coffee community of really incredible people, both coworkers and customers. As I continue to grow personally and professionally, I am more self-aware and am able to know both when to make and when to change commitments I have. After nearly a year of working here, I took the leap to becoming a Cafe Coach, which was another slightly terrifying commitment to make. I knew it would be challenging and come with some sacrifices, but it has been one of the most rewarding work experiences for me (shoutout to the Shorewood team for being such a welcoming, fun group to coach!). Not only have I grown professionally, the skills I’m gaining as a Cafe Coach have helped me be a better human being in my personal life as well!

My main “Keep Your Commitments” takeaway today: making commitments can be really daunting, but the more you try things out and commit to them, the more you learn and grow. You never know what you are capable of until you commit to something and put in the work!

CoCo Heroes:

  • Never Stop Learning: This Core Commitment Hero comes from the Bakery Team – The Bakery Team is FULL of Never Stop Learning Heroes! Josephine is remarkable at taking on new tasks and then finding ways to work that learning into other processes they own. They also use their intricate understanding of the Bakery to critically think about how others will be affected! Daniel takes on new roles with excitement. His fervor for learning helps him learn quickly and is always working to continually improve. Joshua is keen to ask insightful questions anytime taking on something new. He is also our newest Person-In-Charge over the weekends! Noel not only grasps new concepts quickly, but teaches others with a high level of care and fun! Last but not least, Kayla is always enthusiastic to take on new learning opportunities and will find joy in overcoming the challenges associated with new tasks.    
  • Keep Your Commitments: This Core Commitment Hero comes from the Factory Cafe Team – Brianna A & Margaret B! Brianna is a stellar example of Keeping Commitments. She is not only able to keep their own commitments in the cafe well, but she is an excellent communicator when it comes to commitments. Brianna does an amazing job of working ahead and planning daily and weekly commitments around the busy times in the cafe and is one of the Factory Team’s top rush crushers! I know the rest of the team would share in these sentiments. Thank You for all that you do for the team Brianna! And Margaret is an incredibly reliable team member, who always keeps their commitments. If they commit to doing a task or following up with a leader you can guarantee that they will do so. They are not afraid to speak up if they can’t keep their commitment, and they avoid taking on new tasks if they feel it will overcommit them. I would like to especially call out their strong closes and their stellar ability to balance between helping customers and cleaning the space. 


  • Company Update: If you missed the latest Company Update, check it out here.
  • Employee Referral Bonus Reminder: If you have people in your life who you think would enjoy working for Stone Creek Coffee, we encourage you to invite them to apply! The Employee Care team would be thrilled to discuss opportunities to join our team with folks you know. If you refer a friend to apply and they let us know in their application, once they hit their 3 month anniversary and are in good standing, you’ll get a $250 bonus check sent your way! See Section 4 of the Employee Handbook for more details.
  • SCC Transportation Grant – Opening Soon: Mark your calendar Coffee Geeks! In striving to be equitable, inclusive, and environmentally conscious, SCC offers a transportation grant opportunity to a handful of team members each quarter. This grant is awarded based on need. Team members who receive this grant will receive a monthly reimbursement towards a bus pass, bike, etc. If your primary method of transportation to work is something other than a personal vehicle and you are interested in participating, please email teams@stonecreekcoffee.com to request an application. All current and previous recipients should reach out to Teams to request a new application to reapply for the upcoming quarter. We will be accepting applications Monday, October 2 through the end of the day Monday, October 9, 2023. Q4 grant recipients will be selected by the end of the day on Monday, October 16th. Please see the 2023 Employee Handbook for additional details.
  • Seasonal Health & Safety: As colder weather approaches, we enter into the cold & flu season amid the ongoing transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Create Remarkable Care through our actions and choices. At SCC, we know that caring for ourselves helps Take Care of Our Coworkers too! Read the Seasonal Health & Safety Guide for a few reminders, notes and tools to help us reduce the risk of illness and stay safe and healthy this winter. Check it out here.
  • October 4th Professional Development Opportunity: We are thrilled to share our third SCC Professional Development workshop with our teams! On Wednesday, October 4th, all SCC team members are eligible to participate in Personal Finance and Budgeting Class. This class will be led by our Director of Finance, Garrett McGowan, who will walk through how to build your personal budget and other pro-tips for maintaining financial wellbeing. Part-Time and Full-Time team members are invited to attend and are eligible for Paid Professional Development Time to attend from 2-5pm in the Factory Meeting Room on Wednesday 10/4. Click here to sign up for our October Professional Development opportunity. See you there!
  • October 21st MKE Barista League: The Barista League holds unique coffee competitions all over the world, and this fall they’re coming to Milwaukee! Interested team members can choose to compete (free – compete in pairs; competitors are limited so sign up early!), volunteer (eligible for paid volunteer time), or just attend the event (tickets available for purchase). While SCC is not formally involved in the event, we are a community of #CoffeeGeeks and wanted to share this info with you! For more info, as well as competitor applications, volunteer applications, and ticket pricing, check out their website

Job Openings:

  • Become a Cafe Coach Trainee: If you’re looking for a role to get you started on a career in coffee, then the Cafe Coach position is it! Many of SCC’s Company Leaders started at SCC as Baristas and worked as Cafe Coaches before advancing into their current roles. The Cafe Coach (Store Manager) role exists as the Team Leader and main administrative presence in Stone Creek Coffee Cafés. Our Cafe Coaches begin their journey with Stone Creek Coffee as a Cafe Coach in Training. Our Cafe Coach Trainee (CCT) program is designed to equip individuals to support larger teams and business units as they grow in their path. Click here to apply! 
  • Looking for a Wholesale Account Manager: We are seeking a Wholesale Account Manager to join our wonderful Customer Care team! We invite you to click the link below to learn more about the Wholesale Account Manager position and apply if you are interested. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to abalestrieri@stonecreekcoffee.com with any questions. Apply here at our SCC website!
  • Something is Brewing in WFB: Hey there, coffee enthusiasts! Get ready for a caffeine-infused adventure as we gear up to Create Remarkable Care in the heart of Whitefish Bay at our Cafe & Kitchen, set to open its doors this November! We’re seeking a team of individuals who are eager to bring this beautiful Cafe to life! If you are interested in joining the Whitefish Bay opening team, either as a permanent transfer or a temporary transfer, reach out to teams@stonecreekcoffee.com! Further, if you have friends who may be interested in joining our team and training to transfer, we welcome you to invite them to apply via our website! Psssstttt! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be a part of something extraordinary! Join the Whitefish Bay opening team!
view all current openings

Wins & Shout-outs:

If you’d like to recognize or celebrate a teammate, we would love to hear about it! By clicking here, you can fill out a form to nominate a hero and choose how you would like them to be celebrated.


  • 9/25 – Noah Vincent
  • 9/25 – Noah Culbreth
  • 9/29 – Drew Pond
  • 10/2 – Josh Williams
  • 10/3 – Emma Kropidlowski
  • 10/3 – Hope Riesterer
  • 10/3 – Andrew O’Neill
  • 10/5 – Buddy Garczynski
  • 10/8 – Hannah Wegner
  • 10/8 – Jes Rutherford
  • 10/9 – Josephine Bieker
  • 10/12 – Andy Kubash
  • 10/15 – Wesley East
  • 10/16 – Kayla Peirick
  • 10/16 – Stephanie Severiano
  • 10/17 – River Cardwell
  • 10/17 – Makayla Drutowski
  • 10/18 – Chase Sullivan
  • 10/19 – Madison Schroer
  • 10/19 – Johnny Zei
  • 10/21 – Alexis Westhoff
  • 10/24 – Joey Mandarino
  • 10/24 – Emily Schrock
  • 10/25 – Dominique Whitney
  • 10/26 – Emily Capp


  • Brianna Arnold – 2 years!
  • Madisen DeBord – 2 years!
  • Selina Domenech – 5 years!
  • Julia Frank – 1 year!
  • Christopher Hoag – 6 years!
  • Corina Lopez – 8 years!
  • Jester McLaughlin Haralson – 1 year!
  • Kensington Naze – 1 year!
  • Tyler Retlich – 1 year!
  • Madison Schroer – 1 year!


  • Edie Hauschild – Production
  • Kristaleen Hernandez-Perez – Bakery
  • Andy Hobgood – Downer Cafe
  • Ryan Sablay – Downer Kitchen
  • Theresa Toms – Bakery
  • Miranda Wickre – Bakery

Looking for volunteer opportunities? Click here to see our Volunteer Opportunity Index.

Employee Discount Codes:
Please don’t share these with non-employees

  • 20% Employee-Only Website Coupon Code
    • September: Sep2023sccemp
    • October: Oct2023sccemp
  • 40% Employee-Only Mobile App Coupon Code
    • September: Sep2023sccemp
    • October: Oct2023sccemp

Catch up on all of our newsletters, company updates, recipes, and more in our Employee Blog here.

Ways to Speak Up:

Do you want to speak up about ideas, thoughts, and more? Send an email to Teams & People (teams@stonecreekcoffee.com) or use the button below to send a note anonymously.

At Stone Creek Coffee, social responsibility is a foundational element of our identity. We believe that a commitment to the environment must coexist with other elements of social responsibility for a holistic approach to doing our best for the world and others.

Stone Creek Coffee will regularly audit and identify areas of environmental strength and weakness within the overall operations of the organization.  We will attempt to reduce any negative impacts to air, surface water, ground water, public health, community quality of life, and employee health while producing coffee that is sweet, clean, and juicy. Stone Creek Coffee will strive for continual improvement in pollution prevention while meeting or exceeding all regulations.

Eric Resch, Managing Director
As a mission-driven company, at Stone Creek Coffee, we believe in serving and enhancing the local communities we live and work in.

We believe that the socially responsible practices we apply daily in our internal operations can proliferate with the involvement of our stakeholders, customers, and our communities. In each community where our employees work and live, we — as Stone Creek Coffee and individual members of the community — actively create opportunities to play a positive role through various initiatives. These initiatives include support of important charitable organizations through monetary and/or material donations, promoting volunteerism, and more.

In line with our mission to be socially responsible, we also commit to the following: 

Serving Local Customers
  • We commit to serve at least 75% local and independent clients or customers. 
  • Local Hiring - As a company that is committed to its local community, at Stone Creek Coffee, we are also committed to local hiring.
  • Local Suppliers - We are committed to using local suppliers when possible.

Eric Resch, Managing Director

At Stone Creek Coffee, social responsibility is a foundational aspect of our identity. As such, we expect our partners and suppliers to conduct themselves and their business in an ethical, legal, and socially responsible manner including, but not limited to, their commitment to the environment, their employees, and the community. 

Legal Requirements

We expect that all suppliers know and follow the laws that apply to them and their business, as well as to treat the law as the minimum standard. 

Ethical Requirements - Integrity

At Stone Creek Coffee, we believe in conducting business with integrity and as a force for good. We expect our suppliers to operate fairly and ethically. Bribes, kickbacks, inappropriate gifts or hospitality, or other improper incentives in connection with Stone Creek Coffee are not tolerated. Suppliers are expected to avoid any conflict of interest relating to financial interests or other arrangements with our employees that may be considered inappropriate, and are to work with their own suppliers to promote business conduct consistent with the principles in this Code.

Labor Requirements 

Child Labor and Slavery - We do not tolerate child labor or slavery in our supply chain. Consistent with the United Nations Global compact principles, suppliers should avoid any sort of child labor in the business operations. 

Identification of Concerns - Suppliers are required to provide means for their employees to report concerns or potentially unlawful activities in the workplace. Any report should be treated in a confidential manner. Suppliers will investigate such reports and take corrective action if needed.

Wages and Working Conditions

Working Hours, Wages and Benefits - Working hours for suppliers’ employees will not exceed the maximum set by the applicable national law. Compensation paid to employees will comply with applicable national wage laws and ensure an adequate standard of living. Suppliers are expected to provide their employees with fair and competitive compensation and benefits. Compensation and benefits should aim at providing an adequate standard of living for employees and their families. Suppliers’ employees will be paid in a timely manner. It is recommended that suppliers offer their employees ample training and educational opportunities.

Diversity and Inclusion - Fair and equal treatment of all employees is expected to be a fundamental principle of all of our supplier’s corporate policies. Typical discriminatory treatment takes into consideration – consciously or unconsciously – irrelevant characteristics of an employee such as race, national origin, gender, age, physical characteristics, social origin, disability, religion, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any unlawful criterion under applicable law. Suppliers will ensure that their employees are not harassed in any way. Stone Creek Coffee encourages its suppliers to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment while exercising diversity when it comes to their employees as well as in their decisions to select subcontractors.

Health, Safety, Quality, and Security

Health and Safety - In order to provide dignity and respect, we expect all of our suppliers to protect workers’ rights and provide safe and healthy working conditions. We encourage our supplier partners to foster an environment that is inclusive, and free of harassment and discrimination. 

Emergency Preparedness, Risk Information, and Training - Suppliers will make available safety information on identified workplace risks and suppliers’ employees will be correspondingly trained to ensure they are adequately protected. Suppliers will identify and assess likely and potential emergency situations in the workplace and minimize their impact by implementing emergency plans and response procedures.

Quality and Security - Suppliers are expected to have good security practices across their supply chains. Suppliers will maintain processes and standards that are designed to assure the integrity of each shipment to Stone Creek Coffee from its origin through to its destination and all points in between. Suppliers are expected to implement the necessary and appropriate measures in their area of responsibility to ensure that Stone Creek Coffee products, their workable components or raw materials as well as the corresponding know-how do not end up in the hands of counterfeiters or third parties and do not leave the legal supply chain.

Environmental Awareness 

Waste and Emissions - Suppliers will have systems in place to ensure the safe handling, movement, storage, recycling, reuse and management of waste, air emissions and wastewater discharges. Any of these activities that have the potential to adversely impact human or environmental health will be appropriately managed, measured, controlled and handled prior to release of any substance into the environment. Suppliers will have systems in place to prevent or mitigate accidental spills and releases into the environment.

Resource Conservation and Climate Protection - Suppliers are expected to use natural resources (e.g. water, sources of energy, raw materials) n an economical way. Negative impacts on the environment and climate will be minimized or eliminated at their source or by practices such as the modification of production, maintenance and facility processes, material substitution, conservation, recycling and material reutilization. Suppliers will engage in the development and use of climate-friendly products and processes to reduce power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Preference to Purchase from Local Suppliers and Suppliers with Ownership from Underrepresented Populations - At Stone Creek Coffee, we are committed to our community and the environment. As such, we have a preference to purchase from local suppliers when possible, as well as to purchase from suppliers who support other local suppliers. We also give preferences to suppliers with ownership from underrepresented populations.

Supplier Audits and Record Keeping - In order to make responsible, well-informed business decisions and disclose truthful and timely information to our stakeholders, we expect our supplier partners to maintain accurate and honest records.  In line with this, we expect our supplier partners to do the following: maintain books and records that reflect all transactions in an accurate, honest, and timely way; employ appropriate quality audit and compliance processes for matters such as product and food safety, worker health and safety, and labor and employment; to enable traceability, disclose the location of facilities and known origins of materials upon request/audit.

When screening potential suppliers, we screen for the following:
  1. Compliance with all local laws and regulations, including those related to social and environmental performance
  2. Good governance, including policies related to ethics and corruption, as well as diversity and inclusion
  3. Positive practices beyond what is required by regulations (e.g. environmentally-friendly manufacturing process, excellent labor practices, performance to the Core Commitments, etc.)
  4. Third-party certifications related to positive social and/or environmental performance (B Corp certification, Bird Friendly, etc.)
  5. Local suppliers should be given preference (within 250 miles of Factory)
  6. Suppliers owned by underrepresented populations should be given preference

Jessica Sheridan, Director of Coffee 

Ally Coffee
Alto Cold Brew
Amazon Business
American Solutions for Business
Atlas Coffee
AUI Fine Foods
Badger Distributing of Milwaukee LLC
Bodum USA
Boelter Companies
Britevision Media
Cafe Imports
Caravela Coffee
Carmo Coffee
Champaign Coffee Company
Chemex Corporation
Clover Distribution
Complete Office of WIsconsin
Component Design
DWC Specialties
Economy Lamp Co
Englehardt Dairy
Espresso Parts
Evolve Snacking
Exclusive Coffees
Flair Flexible Packaging Corp
Genuine Origin Coffee
Good Land Supply Co
Gordon Food Service
Gravity Marketing
Great American Spice Company
Greco & Sons
Green Bay Packaging
Halo Soap LLC
InterAmerican Coffee
Kallas Honey Farm
La Marzocco USA
Long Miles Coffee Int Ltd
Magellan Promotions, LLC
Marich Confectionery
Meadowlark Organics
Milwaukee Candle Company
Natures Flavors
NKG (Neumann Kaffee Gruppe)
Occhetti Foods
Olam Specialty Coffee
Omanhene Cocoa Bean Co.
Online Labels
Orchard Street Press
PBFY Flexible Packaging
Plant Guru
Polaris Specialty Coffee
Premium Water
Rishi Tea
Royal Coffee
San Miguel Single Origin Coffees (Green Power Trade Inc.)
Sassy Cow Creamery
Shared Source Coffee
Sleeve A Message
Spice House
Sysco East Wisconsin
Tapped Maple Syrup
Terra Spice
The Chai Company
The Chef's Warehouse
Tony Machi Fruits & Vegetables
V. Marchese
Valley Bakers
Fiscal Year 2020
  Benefit Director - Eric Resch

Owners (owning >= 5% of the shares of the benefit corporation): Melissa Perez, Eric Resch

Letter from Benefit Director

Social obligation is a founding principle of Stone Creek Coffee and acts as an ethos for our business. With this obligation comes responsibilities and commitments. At Stone Creek Coffee, we are committed to keeping those commitments. In line with this, this past year, we became a benefit corporation with the state of Wisconsin by amending our articles of incorporation in order to further promote and uphold this commitment. 

As a benefit corporation, we are required to share a Benefit Report at the end of each fiscal year that outlines the work we have done, as well as any potential drawbacks or challenges we have faced, to work towards the specific benefits we have committed to serve. Though 2020 was full of challenges as we all lived and worked through an unprecedented time, we are humbled by the progress we made and continue to make towards creating benefit for our community, the environment, and beyond. We are profoundly moved by the continued work and assistance of our stakeholders to achieve these goals, as well as to create new ones. We look forward to the work that lies ahead of us in 2021. Together, we are better.

On we Go.

- Eric Resch, Benefit Director, Managing Director and Co-owner

Stone Creek Coffee officially became a benefit corporation with the State of Wisconsin on June 5th, 2020. A benefit corporation is a legal entity that formally commits to serving general and specific benefit(s) to the public and the environment by writing social and environmental values into their articles of incorporation. At the end of each fiscal year, benefit corporations publish an annual report that outlines what they have done to serve these benefits, as well as any challenges we have faced in the course of doing so.

Specific Benefit Purposes in Our Bylaws

The purposes for which Stone Creek Coffee’s benefit corporation are formed are as follows:
  1. To create a general public benefit.
  2. To create the specific public benefits of: 
    1. Providing individuals or communities with beneficial products or services.
    2. Preserving the environment.
  3. To do any and all other lawful activities or business permitted under the laws of the United States, Wisconsin, or any other state, territory, or nation.
Major accomplishments:
  1. Became a benefit corporation with the State of Wisconsin.
  2. Officially kicked off our ‘Brewing Change’ initiative, which speaks directly to our commitments to provide stakeholders with beneficial products or services and to preserve the environment. 
  3. Implemented formal policies across the company that benefit our stakeholders (employees, customers, suppliers, community) and the environment. These policies are listed more specifically in the section, Stone Creek Coffee’s Efforts to Create Public Benefit.
  4. Completed the B Impact Assessment as our third-party standard to assess our performance to our commitments, as well as to guide our work. The B Impact Assessment is a free, comprehensive, and transparent tool for assessing overall corporate social and environmental performance. 
By and large, the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge for us as a company and as individuals. However, rather than allowing the pandemic to become a hindrance to our mission to create benefit, we used this difficult time as an opportunity to pivot our business, as well as take on more projects that seek to benefit our stakeholders, the community, and the environment, which is clearly outlined in the following sections. 

Stone Creek Coffee’s Efforts to Create Public Benefit:

We updated our Articles of Incorporation with the State of WI and officially became a benefit corporation. Being a Benefit Corporation formally demonstrates our commitment to the public and the environment.
  1. Drafted and shared formal SCC Breastfeeding Policy to support lactating employees across teams, no matter their position, location, or employment status. (Officially added to the Employee Handbook in 2021.)
  2. Maintained insurance costs for hourly employees, keeping in line with our commitment to make healthcare accessible for our employees.
  3. Formed our Employee Council. This group consists of one representative from each of our cafes, bakery, and production teams at Stone Creek Coffee. This representative is nominated by their team to meet with Eric, Managing Director and Co-Owner, every other month to discuss items that can be improved within their work spaces or the company as a whole as it relates to day-to-day operations. Specific work items generated through the Employee Council include but are not limited to: requesting mental health days as an added benefit, exploring expression of personalities through more flexible dress code and music choice in work spaces, updating shift drink benefits to include non-dairy products, increasing our vegan and gluten-friendly food menu, greater access to coffee equipment for cafe teams, such as a third espresso grinder, improvements to employee training and access to online HR and benefits tools, and added opportunities to celebrate employees, such as on their birthday.
  4. Employees paid in full during COVID-19 shutdown in order to guarantee wage security. 
  5. Social Justice Donation Matching: Over the course of Summer of 2020 and in line with Stone Creek Coffee’s social obligation to our community, all employee donations made to social justice organizations were matched by Stone Creek Coffee. Employees were encouraged to make donations to local social justice organizations making change in our community such as Wisconsin Voices and MKE LGBT Community Center.  Over the course of the summer, 21 employees donated $5,077.46 to different social justice organizations across Milwaukee and the US that were matched by Stone Creek Coffee. Together, with our employees, we have donated $10,154.92.
  6. Increased amount of paid sick time for all employees (16 hours/year)
  1. Donated food and beverage items to employees during COVID-19 shut-down.
  2. Supplier Screening Topics implemented across the company. This premade list of screening topics serves to better screen our potential suppliers to ensure that they do things such as: follow all laws, possess good governance practices, gives preference to local suppliers, and more.
  3. Supplier Code of Conduct implemented across the company. This document outlines how we expect our partners and suppliers to conduct themselves and their business in an ethical, legal, and socially responsible manner including, but not limited to, their commitment to the environment, their employees, and the community. 
  4. We made a formal commitment to our local community and hiring. In doing so, we have committed to serving our local community by making a commitment to serve local customers, hire locally, and choose local suppliers when possible.
  5. We made available a list of our significant suppliers on our website.

  1. We began monitoring and recording our energy use via a master spreadsheet.
  2. We began monitoring and recording our waste production via a master spreadsheet.
  3. We made the switch to renewable, wind-powered electrical energy at all of our facilities. 
  4. We implemented a Hazardous Waste Disposal Policy across the company.
  5. We implemented an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy. 
  6. We implemented a Travel Policy Addendum which limits corporate travel.
  7. We made a formal policy statement about our commitment to the environment.

  1. COVID-19 Shut-down Donations: To keep all of our employees and customers safe, we shut down our cafes in mid-March due to the spread of Coronavirus. Since we weren’t going to be serving customers and our cafes held perishable products, we donated them to local food pantries and shelters around Milwaukee and Lake Country. Donations included hundreds of gallons of milk, fresh bakery items, bottled beverages, and more.
  2. Social Justice Donations: In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement happening across our country and the tragic murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other innocent people around our country, Stone Creek Coffee donated $2,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative and Radio Milwaukee and their ‘Community Stories’ initiative to help them tell our history.
  3. 10,000 Thank You’s for Teachers and Staff: The 2020 school year looked different for many of us. We understand the challenges that regularly come with teaching, but 2020 came along with more barriers to overcome. To show our appreciation for those members of our community, we committed to make this donation. By the end of 2020, we donated 5,724 pounds, although this project is continuing into 2021 until it is seen through completion. As of March 4th, 2021, we have donated 6,726lbs. 
  4. 1,000 Pounds of Coffee: Stone Creek Coffee partnered with local food banks in March and April 2020 to donate 1,000 pounds of coffee to those in need in our community. In addition, Stone Creek Coffee highlighted community resources and food banks on our social media platforms to spread awareness of assistance available to those in need and to potential volunteers that were willing to help out. 1,000 pounds of coffee was donated to five Milwaukee area food banks including Hunger Task Force and UW-Milwaukee Food Center and Pantry.
  5. Neighbor Loaves: Stone Creek Coffee utilized its unused oven time and our many talented bakers to give back to our community via the Neighbor Loaves program. By purchasing Neighbor Loaves, freshly baked bread was donated directly to the Riverwest Food Pantry. We partnered with the Artisan Grain Collaborative, Meadowlark Organics, and Lonesome Stone Milling to make this program happen. We sold, baked, and donated 711 loaves of bread for the Riverwest Food Pantry. In 2021, we are continuing and expanding this project to a “Buy a Loaf, Give a Loaf” program in our cafes.
  6. Community Fridge Milwaukee: Stone Creek believes that a cup of coffee has the power to heal. In this spirit, we are now supporting the Milwaukee Community Fridge. Each month, a donation of 30, 2.25oz fractional packs of coffee is donated to the Community Fridge. This is an ongoing project.
  7. Community Coffee Donation Boxes: Stone Creek Coffee takes pride in supporting organizations that make our community a better place to live, work, and play. Our goal is to extend deeper within communities in which we operate, by partnering with and supporting organizations that share our values and goals. Stone Creek Coffee offers donations of brewed coffee and gift boxes for raffles. We do not make cash donations unless we are closely involved with an organization. Groups that take priority are non-profit 501c3 organizations, local schools, youth organizations, and businesses we regularly work with. Stone Creek donates a minimum of 9 gift boxes (valued at $40) each month. 
  8. Bake the Vote: Bake the Vote is an international bake sale effort under the Bakers Against Racism banner to raise money for organizations working for fair elections. Our Bakery team made and donated pastries to this citywide bake sale, and proceeds from the sale were donated to Wisconsin Voices, an organization “supporting creative ways to mobilize and empower people across the state.” Our Bakery team made 100 fruit galettes that were donated.
  9. Love your Parks: To support Milwaukee County Parks and their ‘Love Your Parks’ campaign, Stone Creek Coffee teamed up with our friends at Milwaukee County Parks to create a half pound bag of coffee called Love Your Parks. $2 of every purchase of this short run coffee was donated to Milwaukee County Parks. We sold 1,706 bags of Love Your Parks and were able to donate $3,413 to the Milwaukee Parks Department as part of this Brewing Change collaboration. Our goal was to sell 500 bags of Love Your Parks coffee and donate over $1,000 to our County Park system, but with our customers’ support, we surpassed that goal. 
  10. Rally for Ally: For each half-pound of the short-run coffee Rally for Ally sold, Stone Creek would make a donation to the Alyssa Anna Pape Endowment Fund. We were able to donate $956 to this fund, which helps support the Herma Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
  11. Participated in Dressember: Human trafficking is a global problem, which doesn’t exclude Milwaukee. Dressember is now a global event where you commit to wearing a dress or tie everyday in the month of December. For every pound of coffee sold on December 4th, 2020, Stone Creek donated $1. In total, we raised awareness for human trafficking as well as donated $397 to the Dressember movement.
We look forward to continuing to benefit those around us in 2021! 
Skip to content