Kao Jai Coffee's Team

Bio: Meg grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland where she was active in sports, girl scouts and playing the trumpet and quads in marching band. She headed to study health science at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania before finding her true passion serving three years full time with Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in Johnson City, Tennessee. Through serving with ASP, a home repair organization helping low-income families, Meg was able to meet many families with different stories and backgrounds opening her eyes to a different way of life and struggles many face in our own country.

Inspired to learn more about the people around her, leaving the country was the next step. Getting her passport stamped for the first time, Meg found herself in Chiang Rai, Thailand using her health science degree for the first time teaching high school biology (in English). Meg is most excited about helping others to understand the process behind our daily routines and to inspire others to strive to understand that just like coffee, each person we interact with each day has their own story that we can appreciate.

Most Memorable Experience in Thailand:  "Watching the improvement in my student's English and Biology skills."

What it Means to Understand Others:  "To fully put yourself in someone else's shoes no matter who they are, what they do, or where they live allowing us to see the world from their perspective."

Favorite Quote:  "Aerodynamically the bumble bee should not be able to fly, but it doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway" -Mary Kay Ash

Favorite Coffee Drink:  Iced coffee with a smidge of cream.

Bio: Kyle was born and raised outside of Boston, MA (the term "outside" is used very loosely) but decided to study entrepreneurship at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. During his four summers at college, he worked with the Appalachia Service Project as a project manager overseeing home repair projects.

After being impacted by his experiences while serving others in the United States, Kyle decided to move to Thailand to teach English. One day while preparing for the upcoming school week at a local coffee shop, Kyle was taken aback by the unique flavors of the delicious coffee that was produced in a country typically not known for specialty coffee. He was so intrigued that he invited himself to visit the farm to harvest coffee alongside farmers in the village.

Fast forward 6 months. Kyle is now committed to working directly with our farmers, producing the highest quality Thai coffee, and finding ways to bridge the gap between our farmers and coffee lovers like you.

Most Memorable Experience in Thailand:  Being invited into the home of one of our farmers who is the same age as me and enjoy a homemade meal overlooking the village on his deck.

What it Means to Understand Others:  "To completely let go of all preconceived notions and take on someone else's lifestyle as your own no matter how uncomfortable it makes you."

Favorite Quote:  "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

Favorite Coffee Drink:  Black coffee to start the day or a latte if feeling fancy.