Who is J. Thaddeus?
Usually about the third time someone buys a package of J. Thaddeus Coffee they say "Why J. Thaddeus? Is that someone in your family?"
My mother Claudette was a fan of all things frog and toad. I grew up listening to Arnold Lobel's Frog & Toad stories and watching J. Thaddeus Toad Esquire drive a canary yellow gypsy cart. If you ever visit my home, you will see the frog tchochkes that belonged to my mother (just a fraction of what my 4 older sisters and I shared).
A few years back, on New Years Eve, my mother was flown to the Pacific Medical Center hospital in San Francisco. After a particularly disheartening night I did a quick map search to find the nearest Church we could light a candle in. What caught my eye was the Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus. I stared at my phone in disbelief; my sister Lorna had just been reading the Wind in the Willows to my mother. J. Thaddeus is also a saint?
Well it turns out that Jude Thaddeus is the patron saint of hopeless causes. Something we can all relate to at times. In fact, there is a famous children's hospital named after St. Jude Thaddeus. You've probably heard of it. My mother didn't recover, but J. Thaddeus became an honorary family member. When I decided to give my coffee roasting project a name; I knew it had to be J. Thaddeus. I plan to do great things for "hopeless" causes. Especially the causes that my mother would love.