Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea Welcomes Kairos Coffee in Wilmington, Ohio

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Kairos Coffee in Wilmington, Ohio has joined the group of independent coffee shops, cafes and bakeries supported by Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea. Owners Robyn and Larry Morris learned how to open a coffee shop through the roaster's 7 Steps to Success coffee shop franchise alternative program.

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“We found all of the Seven Steps invaluable in opening Kairos Coffee. We also receive excellent on-going support, products and customer service. I can’t emphasize excellent enough.

Columbus coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea recently welcomed Kairos Coffee to the group of independent coffee shops, cafés and bakeries it supports in 37 states. Located at 1593 Rombach Avenue in Wilmington, Ohio, Kairos Coffee is one of over a dozen independent coffee shops expected to open in 2019 through Crimson Cup’s 7 Steps to Success coffee shop franchise alternative program. The shop held its grand opening June 18, 2019.

“We’re pleased to welcome Owners Robyn and Larry Morris and Managers Ciera Hayes and Nick Daulton to the Crimson Cup community,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “Helping open unique independent coffee shops is a big part of our mission as an award-winning coffee roaster and coffee shop franchise alternative.”

Kairos Coffee was five years in the making. “It all began in 2014 on a trip back to Ohio from Kansas City, Missouri with a group of Wilmington College students who said that Wilmington needed a coffee shop and yogurt shop,” said Larry Morris. “The dream blossomed from there.”

The Morrises have been running non-profits since 2003. “We felt that a for-profit coffee shop would not only be a great addition to Wilmington, but could also eventually help to fund our non-profit ministries, as well as to provide another ministry outlet to our community,” said Robyn Morris.

Martin Mann, owner of Jitters Coffee House in Millersburg, Ohio, introduced the couple to Crimson Cup. “Our friend Martin told us to not even bother trying to do it on our own, but to start with Crimson Cup!” said Larry Morris.

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

“We found all of the Seven Steps invaluable in opening Kairos Coffee,” Robyn Morris said. “We also receive excellent on-going support, products and customer service. I can’t emphasize excellent enough.”

Kairos Coffee 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.

Robyn Morris said her favorite drink alternates between a Raspberry White Mocha or a KC Mocha, customized to her tastes. “I like to add an extra shot of espresso or extra cold brew when iced or frozen,” she said. “I like the extra!”

Local java lovers have become big fans of the coffee, which is roasted by Crimson Cup. “They love our coffee!” Robyn Morris said. “Over and over again we hear that it’s better than the coffee served by the big national chain that opened in our local grocery store just two months before we opened Kairos.”

Larry Morris said that people kept asking the couple of they were afraid of the coffee chain. “Our answer was, ‘No!'” he said. “They’re a coffee chain in a grocery chain with no relationship in the community and no drive-thru! We’ve lived in this community for 23 years, are well known, and have a drive-thru! We’ve won over many of the die-hard coffee chain fans.”

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.

Asked to give advice to entrepreneurs who are thinking about opening a coffee shop, Larry Morris said, “Don’t do it alone. Partner with those who are in it to win it – Crimson Cup!”

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 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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