All posts tagged: vegan

Humans of coffee: Heidi Richter

Who is Heidi Richter? In a nutshell,  a Canadian West coast dweller who thrives living as close to nature as possible with her husband, 3 year old son and a quirky French Bulldog. I am a deeply creative individual with a love of whole, nourishing foods, organic gardening, simple living and photography. I hold a great respect for nature and do my best to honour it every day through small, thoughtful choices; I have chosen to eat a vegan diet for about 12 years and it continues to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Ironically,  I also have a very nerdy side that loves computers and can watch Star Wars (the original trilogy) or Lord of the Rings on repeat.  My dream home is a Hobbit hole, but I am quite content with our current house… for now, I suppose. What is your favorite childhood memory? There are too many to list, but one that jumps out would be my very first visit to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  I was about ten at …

Humans of coffee: Joanne Lee

Who is Joanne Lee?  Joanne Lee is the daughter of two Korean immigrants, Jae and Sun. Jae and Sun were both born in what is now known as “North Korea.” Both of their families fled North Korea during the war and found refuge in the villages of South Korea. Jae and Sun immigrated (separately) to the United States in their 20s and ultimately started a family in Chicago.  More specifically, though, Joanne is a product of her mother’s choice to come to the United States with almost no money, no job, no family, and no English and begin a career as a nurse in Chicago.  Joanne is also the product of her father’s choice to give up a college degree from one of the most prestigious universities in Korea to pursue the American Dream.  The choices of her parents continue to influence her own choices, every day, and those choices – whether to go to law school, to start a blog, to get a divorce, to go vegan, to take a photo, to run a …