It was summer 2009. Nick and Mika Meyer were soon to be married, living in their camper while renovating their house. The couple had returned from a winter and spring full of forestry work abroad. Contract after contract, the aftermath of pine beetle infestation is dealing with a trail of “bugwood” in the Northwest.
Twilight dimmed their wooded property. A small campfire was burning bright as they sat on pine firewood rounds and discussed their future.
“I don’t want to work in the bush any more.” Mika confessed abruptly. “I need a job where I feel more connected to the community…I want to be home”
An Idea is Born
The pair had often dreamt of being entrepreneurs. Nick offered a solution. “We should start a salvaged wood products company, all value added Bugwood products, we can make moldings, furniture, spec buildings…” He continued brainstorming aloud.
“Lets just focus on something simple and doing it really well,” Mika contributed. “I don't want to reinvent the wheel, How about Coffee?” She paused in a light bulb moment, then continued. “Lets sell coffee from a Timber frame made of Bugwood! We'll deal in local products and call it…”
The flame from the campfire flickered. Nick smiled as he finished her sentence, “Bugwood Brew. ” The name has changed since then (only a little).
Thus the Bugwood Bean was born, an idea that harnessed young energy into the direction of a simple business that could add value to community. Starting out practically with a mobile espresso bar In snowy November 2010, the pregnant Mika began fine tuning her espresso drinks, sourcing products and networking .
The Business Grows
Fast forward a few years later, Nick and Mika’s family has grown with two children Ruby-Mei and Maxwell. The timber frame built with bugwood stands proudly in Smithers BC. Their team has grown and business has become known for its amazing espresso, fantastic service, and truly local products.