Each day brings with it an opportunity to live the life our soul seeks. We dream at night, and wake with thoughts of what the day may bring us. 2020 brought a wave of sleepless nights and challenges of navigating the uncertain.
Still, every morning, we woke with a fire in our belly and a tug of the heart to rise above the adversity we were experiencing. Coffee became the beloved starting point of our daily journeys. The process of pouring each cup, a cherished moment of normalcy. Between each delicious sip, we shared our daily goals, wishes, fears and gratitude.
The process alone of the standard Cup of Joe was healing, in a way that is unique to coffee. It has a Mythical power to it .... invigorating the body while providing peace to the spirit. We are one. Mythic Goat was created for you.
WHO WE ARE
Mike Bowen is a native of Arizona and a proud supporter of small businesses. His love for coffee began as a child when he would sneak sips from his mom's coffee mug while she got ready every morning. This blossomed into his first gig in the industry as a Barista at a local Mom and Pop shop in Phoenix called Mama Java's. After learning the tools of the trade, and fully immersing himself in coffee shop life, Mike moved on to work in multiple fields within the industry; barista, wholesale delivery driver, manager, apprentice roaster, as well as sales. Mike even helped a few coffee shops open from the ground up, training new baristas, and setting up shops with a proper working flow and quality ingredients.
Aside from coffee, Mike has owned and operated two successful recording studios and AV companies for the last eight years. Unfortunately, with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, both of these companies have been frozen until further notice. Rather than waiting for things to turn around, Mike and his absolutely wonderful partner, Johncie decided to test their resilience and take matters into their own hands. Combining their deep love of coffee with their passion for creating wonderful guest experiences, they built the company you see before you today. Born out of uncertainty, executed through experience, operated with integrity. Mythic Goat Coffee was made for you.
Johncie Leigh Thomson is a fun, passionate, hard-working, and kind-spirited woman. She is deeply driven by the need for equality, compassion, protection, justice, representation, and humanization for all. A woman of action, she is an organic organizer, and volunteer with Vote Save America and local AZ campaigns. To keep her soul singing, Johncie spends time with the humans who make her better, the rescue animals that make up The Farm, and talking sports with anyone who will listen!
Professionally, Johncie is a seasoned bartender and has been featured on several radio shows, news segments, and magazines over the course of her career. After garnering the attention of senior executives as a bartender, she was promoted to Corporate Beverage Manager, training and establishing some of the most successful bars in the state. The challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic allowed Johncie to pivot her devotion to impact-through-beverage by making something special for YOU!!! The coffee that you order, drink, get excited for, and compost afterwards is a true extension of her soul.
Johncie’s ultimate wish is that with each sip you take, you realize the superpowers you have within you. Your active, conscious consumerism is powerful, and we are honored to be on this journey with you.
Take a sip and find your own mythology.
MYTH OF THE GOAT
Legend says the goat herder, Kaldi, first discovered the potential of these beloved beans.
The story goes that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the cherries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the cherries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing fruit began to spread.
Similar theories exist, some entertain the thought that the monks were originally displeased with Kaldi's findings. They threw the cherries in a fire to spite him, however after the pits of these cherries roasted in the fire, a pleasant aroma swept the room. The roasted beans were then scooped from the fire, and coffee was born.
At Mythic Goat, we choose to celebrate and pay homage to the true discoverers. The happy dancing creatures, who stumbled upon possibly the world's most precious gift.
Huzzah to the goats!