Posted by: Kiersten | January 1, 2013

The very last post.

Well beautiful people, it’s been a year and a half since the last post on this blog.  In that time, Kat & I have launched a business, worked our tails off, experienced success, failure and every grey area in between.  After three years of devoting all our creative energy to our business, we closed our doors in the Spring of 2012.

The latter half of 2012 was spent mostly in rest and recovery.  So many amazing things came from this project, and both Kat & I are very grateful for the experience.  We will forever be grateful to the wonderful family and friends who supported us in starting the business, running it, and shutting it down.  There is a special kind of love and gratitude you feel for people who support you in the project in which you’re investing everything.

What we take from all of this is really too much to summarize.  Yes, we’re still living here on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island.  We’ve moved to Tofino, we have jobs we enjoy, we feel blessed every single day.  For all the excitement, joy, frustration and heartbreak of starting and running a business, we learned so much.  We’re grateful for the opportunity and the experiences.

I wanted to take a moment to write this final little blog post.  It started in 2009 with a dream, an aspiration and a whole lot of enthusiasm.  It wasn’t easy, but it got us to where we are now.


And for me, it was worth it.

Happy New Year, everyone.

kat & me under a tree

Posted by: ukeekat | August 10, 2011

New Blog

Hi Folks,

I just wanted to invite any That’s the life followers who may be checking in to come and visit the new blog for our business, at  I’ll be taking over the blogging helm, so I’ll be doing my best to fill Kiersten’s shoes.  I hope you’ll join me.

Posted by: Kiersten | June 15, 2011

The End… Or is it?

With all endings come new beginnings. I’ve been wondering whether it’s time to put this blog to rest… for now.

Thatsthelife was about cashing in all our chips to move across the country from Toronto to Ucluelet. It was about the excitement and challenge of starting over, the cultural differences between big city TO and small town Ukee, the uphill journey of starting our own business.

And here we are. Our business license is still in it’s envelope, waiting for a frame. We’re putting all of our energy into the roastery. There is no time for blogging.

Not just now.

Our story continues. When things settle down, I’ll catch you up.

Thank you for reading, commenting and emailing. Next time you’re in Ucluelet, look us up.

Posted by: Kiersten | June 4, 2011

I really should be doing something else.

This is my inner rhetoric, which seems to be on an infinite loop right now.  No matter what I’m doing, there are other things that need doing too.

Our coffee is taking off, which is great.  People love it.  It’s so gratifying.

We just tried one of Kat’s first blends, which is pretty spectacular.  She’s working on three right now.  Blends can be tricky – like blending colours on an artist’s palate, you need to know which elements complement each other, and which will just muddy the flavours.

My father came to visit last week, which was great.  He stayed next door in the very B & B Kat and I occupied for our first 9 months in Ukee.  Dad spent most of his time helping us: he tuned up our computers and installed new software, he taught me how to change the oil in our car and we changed the brake pads together.  He paid for a new exhaust and water pump for our 30 year old toyota tercel, aka Karma Car, giving it a new lease on life.  He gave me a new camera – yay!

Here Kat & I are on the Wild Pacific Trail – I’m the tired looking one.  I was still pretty beat from the drive to Nanaimo the day before.  I borrowed a friend’s truck, as our little tercel wasn’t in any shape to make it to Nanaimo at the time.

The truck was great, except when the brakes seized just outside of the airport and I spent a half hour at a gas station pouring water over the caliper and tapping it with a hammer, coaxing it to release.  I greeted my Dad with dirt up to my elbows and grease under my fingernails – quite a change from the city girl he knew in Toronto.

I got to drive my Dad back to Ukee in this truck, all the while trying to avoid using the brakes… in the mountains.  The owner of the truck told me he “doesn’t tend to use the brakes to save $$$ on brake pads, so the caliper isn’t usually a problem” – OH THAT’S REAL COMFORTING!!!

In the next few days, Dad helped me fix up the tercel, and he bought us new tires.  Thanks Dad, we appreciate your help so much.

Actually, it’s a good time to thank all of our family, yet again, for their continuing help and support.  We are so grateful, thank you so much.

And a huge thank you to the Ukee & Tofino locals, who are embracing our coffee so enthusiastically.  Samples are getting passed around, our customer list is growing.

Well, I’d better get back to the list of things I should be doing other than blogging.

I’ll let you in on a secret:  today’s the first day Kat & I have had off together in 6 weeks.  It’s going to be sunny and 20 C today – so we’re going to the beach.  We deserve it, we’ve worked very hard.

Let the summer begin!

Posted by: Kiersten | May 16, 2011

Happy & Sad

We’ve noticed a pattern in our lives – something good happens, then another challenge pops up immediately, as though to remind us to celebrate our victories before the next battle begins.

This winter we have relied heavily on our friends Dan & Stacey for help, for friendship, for transportation and that pesky chimney. The very day Stellar Coffee gets its business license, Dan gets a great job offer — in North Carolina.

Just as we’re so happy, we’re heartbroken too.

Thus, we pass another milestone in Life in Ucluelet; saying goodbye to dear friends who move away.

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