“As I started to discover really great coffee, the model kind of popped out from wanting to share that experience,” he said. “You’ve had those cups of coffee where you’re like, ‘Man, that’s so good.’ But you haven’t been able to duplicate it.”
The entrepreneur says the model also promotes Ohio roasters, by spreading awareness of local coffee.
Nick says the company is just now getting out of the incubation period, and intends on entering the acceleration phase now — meaning, he’ll search for more capital. He bootstrapped to get the startup off the ground, using his own money.
According to the National Coffee Association, consumers spent $74 billion on coffee in 2015, and the total economic impact the coffee industry was $225 billion that same year.
Nick said the Dayton entrepreneurial community is innovative and embraces new ideas. He often works out of Nucleus CoShare, a communal working space in the Historic Oregon District.
“It’s 100 percent about finding the right people to ask the right questions to. Dayton has so many people like that,” he said. “I really stumbled into being part of the start-up crowd here. They’re going to help me and be honest. Don’t find yes men. Find people who will give you good healthy feedback.”
Nick hopes to continue expanding the startup while "propping up Ohio coffee and helping roasters find new markets." His favorite local coffee right now? The Rwanda Peaberry by Dayton-based Twisted River.