Crimson Cup Welcomes Lincoln Perk Independent Coffee House in Lincoln Park, Michigan

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Lincoln Perk coffee house in Lincoln Park, Michigan has joined the group of independent coffee shops, cafes and bakeries supported by Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea. Owner Rudy Cianfarani, Manager Candice Hildebrandt and their team learned how to open a coffee shop through the 7 Steps to Success coffee shop franchise alternative program.

Lincoln Perk coffee house, Lincoln Park, Michigan

Lincoln Perk coffee house, Lincoln Park, Michigan

We’re pleased to welcome Owner Rudy Cianfarani, Manager Candice Hildebrandt and their team to the Crimson Cup community. Helping entrepreneurs like Rudy open their own unique independent coffee shops drives our success as an award-winning coffee roaster and coffee shop franchise alternative.

Columbus coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea recently welcomed Lincoln Perk to the group of independent coffee shops, cafés and bakeries it supports in 37 states. The shop at 3461 Fort Street is one of 16 new independent coffee shops that opened in 2018 through Crimson Cup’s 7 Steps to Success coffee shop franchise alternative program.

“We’re pleased to welcome Owner Rudy Cianfarani, Manager Candice Hildebrandt and their team to the Crimson Cup community,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “Helping entrepreneurs like Rudy open their own unique independent coffee shops drives our success as an award-winning coffee roaster and coffee shop franchise alternative.”

After a 38-year career with MichCon, Cianfarani said he thought it would be fun to open up a coffee shop. “Of course, I also wanted to make money!” he said.

He and Hildebrandt learned how to open a coffee shop through Crimson Cup’s 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program. Based on Ubert’s book, Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry, Crimson Cup’s 7 Steps program has helped hundreds of independent coffee shops in 37 states open and stay and business.

After working through the 7 Steps, Cianfarani said he found Step 6, “Focus on Customer Service,” most helpful in opening their coffee shop. “Make sure you hire trustworthy employees!” he said.

Crimson Cup assigns a 7 Steps trainer to guide the coffee shop owner and team through a successful opening. “We love working with Jennifer Kerchner because she ran a coffee shop,” Cianfarani said. “This gives Crimson Cup a leg up on most competitors.”

Cianfarani looked for the right location for years. “There was nothing here that was in-and-out on the way to the expressway,” he said. He developed Lincoln Perk as a drive-thru coffee shop. Four lanes sit on the north side of the former bank building, prepared for the morning rush of java drinkers

Lincoln Perk serves a full menu of hot, iced and frozen espresso drinks – including mochas, lattes and cappuccinos – as well as iced coffee and tea, cold-brewed coffee, hot chocolate, fruit smoothies and other custom drinks. An assortment of fresh baked goods rounds out the menu.

Hildebrandt said local java lovers love the coffee, which is roasted by Crimson Cup. Her favorite drink is the Lincoln Perk Mocha, which melds white chocolate and caramel sauces with espresso.

Crimson Cup coffee has been judged among the best in the nation. The roaster was named 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year by Roast magazine, the flagship publication of the specialty coffee industry. Its Ethiopian Kossa Kebena coffee won a 2017 Good Food Award and was a finalist for a 2019 Good Food Award. Crimson Cup coffees have also brought home trophies and medals from the America’s Best Espresso competition and Golden Bean North America roasting competitions.

Cianfarani shares Crimson Cup’s focus on coffee and community. “Now that we’re open, we want to be a part of the community, serving local businesses and giving back to local people,” he said.

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 craft coffee in small batches, sold directly to consumers and as wholesale coffee beans. Through its 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program, the company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses. By developing a coffee shop business plan, prospective entrepreneurs gain insight into how much it costs to open a coffee shop. Crimson Cup coffee is available through more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 37 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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