Posts tagged Roasted coffee
Roaster Update and Blog Format

The last week was a bit chaotic. As if single dad life while starting a business in a new place wasn't all enough to juggle, I lost my wallet, our hot water heater has stopped working twice, and our dishwasher went out so I had to uninstall it and install a new one, which I've never done. My wife will be fully moved here from Denver at the end of July and I'm definitely taking a small vacation then.

But, enough whining. I also got a night off Friday, thanks to my sister in law, and was able to spend some good time at the Trappe Door and just enjoy downtown Greenville. Now, I'm currently sitting at one of those yellow tables with a cool breeze blowing while drinking some of our new Guatemalan coffee, which we'll be releasing next week, and everything gets put into perspective. I love what I'm doing! 

We have updated our pricing in general and are having a sale this week to celebrate the 4th of July. Pop over to our store and use the code word Freedom to receive 20% off. As I mentioned, we'll be adding some new beans by next week. Check em' out!

Roaster Update

We recently obtained a large wholesale client that requires we step up our roasting and production capacity. Thankfully, Jon found a great space to do that in Anderson. It will begin solely for our back end operations. However, we may open it to the public a few days a week with a small coffee bar setup and roasted bean sales. But that largely depends on how quickly we're able to get the main store front up and running, so no promises. We'll keep you posted on that!

Blog Format (UPDATED)

We are now around 4 months into this from the actual formation of the partnership between Jon and me. Our collaboration around what we intend Bridge City Coffee to be roughly began at the beginning of March. The first couple months were mostly spent figuring out how to viably make it work...and if we actually could. So the fact that we now have a roasting location secured, are working on nailing down our first storefront (more on that later this week), and have our first big investor on the hook is amazing! We are incredibly grateful.

We want to keep the posts as close to real time as possible. I say "as close" because it is difficult at times to find an hour to hammer out a decent post in the midst of everything going on. If I had a personal scribe things would be a little different and you would receive actual real time updates. But alas, I don't have a scribe, yet. I will try my best to write at least one post weekly for the next couple months while so much is going on. It will continue to be some combination of general updates and information focused on our unique business model - sourcing, employment, community involvement, coffee quality, etc.

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June 1 - Brief Update

Personal Update

Where to begin? I’ll start by explaining the gap in entries despite much happening with Bridge City. The past month has been insane. Not in a bad way, just in a completely chaotic and overwhelming way. I learned at an early age that though we can often blur the line between bad things that happen out of our control and generally difficult situations, there is a stark difference between the two. The past month has been comprised of much of the latter for me. That was mainly due to selling our Denver house, buying one in Greenville (with a lot of unnecessary uncertainty and difficulty), and moving our lives and family across the country.  Though stressful, all the effort and energy has been put into something positive and worthwhile and, thankfully, has yielded good results

Bridge City Update

Jon has been a champ with keeping our momentum going while I was consumed with wrapping up client engagements in Denver, packing, and moving.  We secured our first order of raw beans with Yepocapa Coffee, Jon and Kenzi launched our online sales, the groundwork was laid with a huge potential investor, we made good progress in finding a store front location, and also secured a larger temporary place to roast until we are able to find a permanent one. Kudos to Jon for handling much of that on his own!

I’ll be doing more detailed updates over the next couple weeks on where we are with Bridge City. But I wanted to at least get something posted to let everybody know we’re still around and moving forward!

April 20 - Roasted Coffee Sales, Raising Capital/Investment, Mobile Cart

Soft Launch of the Pop-Up Cart

Jon successfully ran our first pop-up cart in collaboration with Textile Hall. There was more excitement and buzz than we anticipated. He had great conversations about the business and employment model we're working to build as well as chatting about coffee in general. Multiple people commented that our model sounded similar to Purple Door, which was awesome! I'm working with Mark, Purple Door's executive director, to figure out how I can continue serving on the board after moving to Greenville as well as how PD and BC can partner together in the future. It was encouraging to Jon and me that people know about Purple Door across the country in Greenville in general, but that they also connected our model to it. All in all, our first event was a success.

Where We Are In Building Bridge City

As mentioned above, we had our soft launch for the coffee cart last week. In the immediate future we will be focusing on 3 things...

1. Wholesale and individual accounts for roasted coffee  Info for wholesale and any of our beans for individuals will be on the website soon. We are very excited and proud of the sourcing model we're building. Typically, in the coffee world, beans can pass through as many as 8 different parties before reaching your cup (farmer, co-op, washing/processing, exporter, importer, distributor, roaster, shop). While this is definitely necessary in a variety of contexts, it isn't always. We're in the process of finalizing some key relationships. However, by late 2017 all of the coffees, yes all, you will have the chance to experience through Bridge City will be sourced and handled in ways that we trust by people that we know, trust, and support. Our goal is to always provide full transparency with our coffees and our sourcing model is designed to minimize the number of hands that touch every bean we use. This will maximize the profit our farmers and their communities receive, allow us to maintain more direct and authentic relationships with them, and in the end create a better product with real community through it all. We'll talk more in depth about how we do this in future post. Or you can reach out and ask us for more details, we'd love to tell you about it!

2. Raising capital and exploring investment opportunities To get our physical shop location and the employment model up and running we need a substantial amount of capital, substantial to us anyway. The good thing is that as our wholesale and general accounts increase, the amount of investment we need decreases. While this is a positive thing we would rather have the shop up and running as soon as feasibly possible. Thankfully, we recently obtained our first investors! This was a big deal for us both tangibly and intrinsically that people believe enough in what we're doing to invest. Thank you, you know who you are! Having said that, we still have quite a bit to procure to get the shop up and running and this will be a focus for both Jon and me in the foreseeable future.

*Update We are currently talking with a huge potential client that would speed things up for purchasing a bigger roaster and warehouse space.

3. Continuing to utilize the mobile cart  We plan to continue this at different events throughout the Greenville and Anderson areas (Jon lives in Anderson). We'll post a schedule on the website as we solidify more events and you can also stay up to date via Instagram @bridgecitycoffee