In the first of a new series of Inspiring Talks at XPLANE, we invited Charley Austin of Happy Cup Coffee Company to share their story with us, as well as sample some of their great tasting coffee brewed on the spot (see pictures)!

XPLANE is an award-winning, global business design consultancy that uses a visualization-based, design thinking approach to help organizations innovate and perform better. Our methodology enables organizations to think differently, resulting in practical solutions that achieve better results in less time. Using this approach for the last 20 years, we’ve earned the trust of leading organizations in virtually every industry, including American Express, Proctor and Gamble, The Economist, Gates Foundation, Intel, Microsoft, Nike, and the U.S. Marines. We serve our clients from our U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon and from our European headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Happy Cup creates jobs for individuals with disabilities (unemployment rates for this group top 78 percent) while bringing great ethically-traded coffee from small farms around the world. The business operates several Portland stores and an online store at Every bag of coffee is packaged and prepared by adults with disabilities and 100 percent (yep, that’s right – not a typo) of Happy Cup profits go towards programming for the disabled! Check it out and enjoy!