Crimson Cup Welcomes Conversations Coffee Bar in Wylie, Texas to its Growing Community of Independent Coffee Houses

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Pastor Gary Taylor, son Sam Taylor and son-in-law Chris Funk have opened Conversations Coffee Bar at 304 N. Ballard Ave. in the historical district of Wylie, Texas. The high-end specialty coffee bar serves coffee from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, Roast magazine's 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year.

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“It’s a real pleasure to welcome Gary, Sam and Chris to the Crimson Cup community. Training entrepreneurs to create unique, independent coffee shops is a big part of our success as a specialty coffee roaster and coffee franchise alternative.

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year, recently welcomed Conversations Coffee Bar in Wylie, Texas to its growing community of independent coffee houses, cafés and bakeries.

A high-end specialty coffee bar located at 304 N Ballard Ave. in the historical district of downtown Wylie, Texas, Conversations Coffee Bar is the creation of Pastor Gary Taylor, son Sam Taylor and son-in-law Chris Funk. The serial entrepreneurs also operate three other local businesses: Taylor & Son Services, Taylor & Son Properties and Taylor & Son Ice House.

“It’s a real pleasure to welcome Gary, Sam and Chris to the Crimson Cup community,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “Training entrepreneurs to create unique, independent coffee shops is a big part of our success as a specialty coffee roaster and coffee franchise alternative.”

The goal of the three entrepreneurs was to create a coffee business that would spark conversations between the staff and customers, as well as between customers, in the North Dallas suburb of Wylie. To learn how to open a coffee house, they turned to Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, which offers comprehensive training through its 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program. Based on Ubert’s book Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry, the program provides everything new business owners need to open and operate a successful coffee house. Through this coffee franchise alternative, Crimson Cup has helped hundreds of independent coffee shops develop thriving businesses.

“Over the past year alone, we have helped a dozen new business owners realize their dream of running an independent coffee business,” Ubert said.

“Our Seven Steps program offers all the support of a coffee franchise – and more – but without franchise fees, royalties or business restrictions,” he added. “Our consulting services, which include coffee shop business plan development, site evaluation, on-site training, marketing materials, menu ideas and much more, are all designed to help reduce costs, increase profits and eliminate potential headaches.”

After completing their 7 Steps training, the trio opened Conversations Coffee Bar on May 11. In addition to a full menu of hot, iced and frozen espresso beverages and premium specialty teas, the coffee bar also brings some new and exciting things to the table – including Crimson Cup’s Nitrogen Infused Cold Brewed Espresso that is poured on tap? It also features a 30” tall glass brewing tower that cold-brews coffee at a rate of one drop per second and produces what staff lovingly call “the smooth bourbon of coffee.”

The coffee house features several screens in the dining room that display questions and video clips of funny or amazing things happening – all with the intent of giving people something to talk about with one another.

“As part of the Taylor and Son family of businesses, Conversations has gone to great lengths to make sure you get the best coffee and tea experience available,” Gary Taylor said. “For that reason, we have partnered with the 2016 “Roaster of the Year” - Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea!”

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced specialty and craft coffee in small batches. The company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses through its coffee franchise alternative program, which includes a coffee shop business plan. Crimson Cup coffee is available through a community of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 29 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com.

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