Brook Eddy

Founder and CEO

Meet Brook
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Brook Eddy

Founder and CEO

1. What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)
On those brisk Colorado mornings, I love to have Bhakti original steamed with almond milk. Warmer days, I crack open a Bhakti Chai Coffee Blend or Semi-Sweet Ready to Drink daily. In the heat of August, I love to cut up fresh Colorado juicy peaches and scatter them over a bowl of Bhakti Chai Chip Ice Cream.

2. What inspires you?
Brave, Resilient, and Bad Ass People.
Poetry.
Stories of Struggle and Triumph.
Travel.
Progressive Political Thought.
My Children.
Soccer.
Innovative Businesses.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia’s President and First elected female head of state in Africa) is someone that stood up to constant opposition. She was able to turn Liberia from a state of constant violence to a country offering free education to all children, a balanced budget, instituted freedom of press, gay rights, and has set the tone and tenor to promote peace worldwide.

3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)
Pushkar, India.

This little town surrounded by water in Rajasthan hums with vitality and love. I would be writing in my journal, sipping chai in an open air cafe overlooking the ghats (stairs leading down to the water) people watching, meeting other travelers from around the world, and hearing the subtle sounds of sitar, techno music, singing, and chanting wafting throughout town. 

4. If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?
My mother. I would love to sit with her for hours over wine and talk love, politics, family, poetry, spirituality, and writing. Then, have Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Margaret Sanger, Mary Magdalene and Charolotte Perkins Gilman join us in the conversation!

5. What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?
I particularly resonate with any movement that works to empower and educate women and girls. I’m a huge fan of progressive nonprofits like the:

Urgent Action Fund – urgentactionfund.org

Global Fund for Women – www.globalfundforwomen.org

The White House Project- www.thewhitehouseproject.org

The Girl Effect – www.girleffect.org

World Pulse – worldpulse.com (a global network dedicated to bringing the voices, stories, struggles, and triumphs of women and girls around the world to the media.)

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Jacki Litz

VP of Sales

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Jacki Litz

VP of Sales

1. What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)
I love my Bhakti latte with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  Whenever possible, I like to enjoy unsweetened Bhakti with a hint of honey or coconut sugar.

2. What inspires you?

  • yoga at sunrise – well, yoga anywhere and anytime
  • riding my bike in the Colorado mountains
  • exploring new places and trying new things
  • people who have taken risks and made sacrifices to follow their dreams  and achieve happiness
  • inspiring others inspires me – it is always humbling and energizing to be told that I’ve somehow inspired someone

3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)
I’d re-visit France and spend time riding Velib bikes around Paris exploring more arrondissements; then travel the country through Dinan, Annecy and Chamonix; then catch some of the tour.

Closer to home, hands down in Telluride.  Its beauty and remoteness is so peaceful and inspiring.  I’d be enjoying my Bhakti latte from the Steaming Bean while strolling through the farmer’s market after a morning ride, run or hike.

4. If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?
My dad’s parents because I never had an opportunity to know them.  I would treasure even a brief moment to meet them and learn more about my heritage.

5. What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?
I support organizations that work to improve and impact our local community.  Some examples are Bicycle Colorado, Community Food Share, Greenhouse Scholars, Im’Unique.

GHS is a Colorado & Illinois based non-profit that provides mentoring and financial support to high-performing, under-resourced college students, cultivating the next generation of community leaders.

Im’Unique is a Denver based non-profit that strives to unite diverse populations and elevate communities through creative approaches to health and wellness education and experiential learning to promote individual growth and social change.  It was founded by the teacher who inspired my yoga practice about eight years ago.

I’ve also recently discovered The Representation Project.  It’s a movement and an organization that is focused on challenging gender stereotypes and creating cultural change so that everyone regardless of gender, race, class, age, or circumstance can fulfill their potential.

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Susan Graf

VP of Finance and Administration

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Susan Graf

VP of Finance and Administration

1. What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)
Sitting in a local cafe with good friends sipping a steamy Bhakti with foamy milk.

2. What inspires you?
Selflessness.  “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”   Dalai Lama XIV

3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)

On a sailboat in Tahiti watching dolphins surf the bow wave~

4. If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?
I would want to talk with Malala Yousafzai to discover where she finds the inspiration and strength to stand up and risk her life for education for girls in Swat, Pakistan.

5. What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?

Friendship Bridge and other non-profits that provide micro credit and education for women in countries like Guatemala.  They enable women to create their own solutions for poverty that change their lives, families and communities. Educated women change the world!

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Denise Day

Director of Marketing

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Denise Day

Director of Marketing

What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc) Hot! And I love sipping the Original Bhakti Chai with 2% milk on a cold Colorado morning in my living room looking out the window at the Flatirons. 

What inspires you? People in my life who have overcome things that seem so impossibly difficult and daunting, but somehow manage to be some of the most caring, loving, empathetic and respectful people I know. They inspire me daily. Also, any sport movie where athletes or teams overcome the impossible to win the game, make the team, or break a record. If it’s based on a true story, forget about it. I’m a blubbering mess. 

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country) I would be in New York City sitting in a coffee shop writing, reading and listening to great music, and embracing the rare moment to just sit and dwell on life.  

If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why? Without a doubt, my mom. She passed away suddenly five years ago and to this day, I still go to call her all the time. We used to talk about everything – life, love, passions, frustrations, experiences…you name it. So, when she died, I didn’t just lose a mother – I lost a very dear best friend and wonderful conversationalist.

What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement? I find that I am incredibly passionate about anything that feels like an injustice. My husband would say this is the thing he loves and probably hates most about me because I can become obsessed if I feel strongly about the issue. My top three are: 1) autism awareness and the search for a cause (Autism Society of America), 2) bettering the maternity leave for working women in this country, and 3) gay rights – I am so deeply happy for my family and friends affected by the recent Supreme Court ruling. 

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Allison Salvati

Event & Social Giving Manager

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Allison Salvati

Event & Social Giving Manager

1. What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)

I’m a purist so I love our original concentrate and 1% milk…hot or cold, depending on the weather.  Also love this same mix spiked with Belvedere vodka!  Talk about a pick-me-up!

2. What inspires you?

Being authentic. Being daring. Being optimistic. Being grateful for what we have. Being loved.

3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)

I would be on a sailboat off the coast of Thailand, relaxing and listening to Lenny Kravitz, sipping a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée champagne.  Heavenly.

4. If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?

I would just want to laugh with some of the funniest women on the planet so I’d invite Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, and Carrie Brownstein. There would be plenty of vino, cheese and kleenex to go around.

 

5. What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?

As a Mom, I am passionate about kids.  I love seeing my boys helping others and instilling in them the importance of giving back.  Stand up for Kids is a great organization that goes out to the streets in order to find, stabilize and help homeless and street kids improve their lives.

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Matthew Sessa

Production Manager and Engineer Specialist

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Matthew Sessa

Production Manager and Engineer Specialist

1. What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)
An ice cold coffee RTD right out of the Bhakti Fridge in the office.  Best way to start the work day, and only an arms reach away!
 
2. What inspires you?
Creativity.  Passion.  Devotion to an idea, belief, or cause.  And Phish, circa 1997.
 
3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)
At PDT in NYC sipping a Paddington and eating a Crif Dog with my fiancé.  Standing in the Bhakti freezer packing up orders is a close second, of course.

4. If you could share a Bhakti and conversation with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?
David Foster Wallace.  Or Jim Henson, but as Kermit the Frog.
 
5. What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?
Materials for the Arts in NYC.

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Morgan Messersmith

Regional Sales & Marketing Manager - EAST

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Morgan Messersmith

Regional Sales & Marketing Manager - EAST

1. What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)

As a sweet treat – alongside a dessert or shaken into a cocktail!

2. What inspires you?

Travel, friendship, food, art, music, literature, humor, spontaneity and believing in the magic that’s out there.

3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)

Strolling the beaches in Cuba and learning how to dance those salsa steps a little better at night.

4. If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?

I’d choose to spend time with someone really entertaining, like Tina Fey, a drag queen performer or a roving band of gypsies.

5. What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?

The backyard gardener’s and our youth’s return to farming and taking action in reclaiming our food systems. In addition, I love the DIY movement and fall guilty to the “I can do that” mentality too often!

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Austin Doll

Regional Sales Manager - WEST

Meet Austin
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Austin Doll

Regional Sales Manager - WEST

1. What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)

After a cool morning trail run or hike, steamed Original Bhakti Chai latte with whole cow’s milk (thin layer of foam).

2. What inspires you?

Grace.

3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)

Set at a long table in between farm rows, or in a prairie meadow, enjoying a handcrafted dinner inspired by the morning’s harvest in the company of friends and neighbors.

4. If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?

The most important person is always the person you are with, who is right before you, who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future?

5. What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?

Love146 — abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation.

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Kelly McCallister

National Food Service Sales Manager

Meet Kelly
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Kelly McCallister

National Food Service Sales Manager

What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? 
A hot, unsweetened latte with a touch of agave & coconut milk on my patio on an early, peaceful, summer morning.

What inspires you?

  • My family
  • Training for 10K/Half Marathons
  • Photography
  • Travel
  • Innovation in technology or food
  • New culinary experiences.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? 

  • Tokyo, taking the uniqueness of the food and culture and walking the streets in awe of how the culture has evolved.
  • Hiking Sanitas listening to music.

If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?

  • Steve Jobs, find out how his mind works regarding innovation, simplification, branding, and minimalism.

What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?

For several years in a row, I coordinated the Black Tie Event for the Boulder Homeless Shelter, in conjunction with the organization.   This event was instrumentally in fundraising for what is now the BHS facility. I believe in their mission to provide safe shelter, food, support services, and an avenue to self-sufficiency for homeless adults in our community.

My sister volunteered as an RN with Father Rick at St. Damien’s Children’s Hospital right after the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. Her stories of the experience will forever be ingrained in my memory and the people and children of Haiti will be in my prayers.

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Pete Kemper

Demo Coordinator and Sales Assistant

Meet Pete
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Pete Kemper

Demo Coordinator and Sales Assistant

What is your favorite way to experience Bhakti (hot, cold, flavor, fave cafe, etc)
Hot, semi-sweet fresh off the bottler. Or in a to-go mug on an early morning adventure.

What inspires you?
Getting out of my comfort zone, trying new things, and enjoying the outdoors.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing?
Exploring somewhere new!

If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?
To be determined.

What is your favorite nonprofit or social movement?
Conscious alliance, art that feeds.

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Jared Mandeville

Lead Brewer

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Jared Mandeville

Lead Brewer
1. What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)

1/2 unsweetened concentrate and 1/2 semisweet RTD usually does the trick.

 

2. What inspires you?
Music, sunrise/sunset, people who follow their passion and make the world a better place, my family, and Matthew Sessa AKA (Quality Assurance Extraordinaire).

 

3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)
It doesn’t matter as long as I’m with family and friends.

 

4. If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?

 

5. What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?

Calling All Crows, Fair Trade, Farm to Table

 

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Becca Chicoine

Regional Sales Development Manager

Meet Becca
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Becca Chicoine

Regional Sales Development Manager
1. What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)

I love a traditional brew of hot Bhakti Chai blended with organic whole milk. Yum. Recently, I enjoyed and shared with friends a delicious thermos-full of Bhakti Chai during an epic sunrise at the Temple in Black Rock City, Nevada.

 

2. What inspires you?
So many things inspire me! Nature, Music, Love, Kindness, Yoga, Ayurveda, Burning Man, Creativity, Connection. People who are visionary, generous, joyful, authentic, and playful!

 

3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)
Right here. Right now. Surfing…!

 

4. If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?
Wow, that’s a tough one. Right now, in this moment, I’d have to say…past, my paternal grandmother, who I’ve never met and present…Amma. But there are SO many!
5. What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?

The Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz, CA. They’re amazing!!

 

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Amy Baggett

Accounting

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Amy Baggett

Accounting

1. What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)

1/4 chocolate coconut milk, 1/4 coconut milk, and 1/2 decaf chai topped with coconut whipped cream

2. What inspires you?
 
My husband and children, music, acknowledgement, people who do what they love.

3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)

At the beach with my family. We would be building sand castles, splashing in the waves and exploring.

4. If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?

Suze Orman – she fascinates me. I would love to know what to do in every scenario with my money! Also Candace Olson – I need some decorating ideas so I can spend all the money I make with Suze’s advice.

5. What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?

Environmental Movement and Farm to Table Movement

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Kialah Smith

Boulder Delivery Guru

Meet Kialah
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Kialah Smith

Boulder Delivery Guru
1. What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)

Hot. Dirty. Extra Spicy.
2. What inspires you?
People willing to speak truth to power.
People willing to sacrifice their own comfort in order to help others.
… and MUSIC, obviously.
3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)
This question makes my head spin… The possibilities are endless.
4. If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?
I’ve found that some of the most interesting conversations come at the times you’d least expect…by engaging with people you normally wouldn’t have.
5. What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?

Justice. Equality. Progress.
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Mark Troutman

Tuk Tuk Tour Manager

Meet Mark
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Mark Troutman

Tuk Tuk Tour Manager

What’s your favorite way to experience Bhakti? (hot/cold, flavor, favorite cafe, etc)

Unsweetened concentrate with homemade almond milk, raw honey. Served warm.

What inspires you?

Meeting people & new places.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and what would you be doing? (city/country)

The Tuk Tuk 2015 with Ginger!

If you could share a conversation or moment with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?

Steve Job, circa ’75

What’s your favorite nonprofit or social movement?

Western Yoga

 

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