It has been a bit of an interesting few months for me and my family. I have some bad news, some good news, and a challenge for all my coffee fans.
Let's get the bad news out of the way. The big beautiful coffee shop/roastery combo that I was working on with a restaurant company in Richmond hit some major funding issues. The project was delayed by 6 months, and their cushy startup capital has dwindled. So, Blockhouse Coffee & Kitchen is moving forward as a small, simple coffee shop. And I am no longer on the payroll as a coffee consultant/barista trainer. Also, my roastery is staying out in Fulshear, at least for the immediate future. We are sad to see this opportunity pass, but we are hopeful for our future.
So that leads me to the good news. We now have new options. Our goal is, within the next year, to open a roastery/coffee bar combo somewhere in Fort Bend County. This also gives us time to focus on expanding our core business. We are quickly coming up with new ways to offer products to you. Abby is making some awesome pillows from our coffee bags. I am working on making custom pour-over stands. As well, we are greatly expanding my brewing equipment offerings. We are also actively pursuing new businesses to carry our coffee.
So here's the challenge. Fort Bend Coffee Roasters is doing great, but it is not bringing in enough to pay our bills. It is close, and so we are willing to make sacrifices in order to keep bringing you amazing coffee. But, we need your help. Here are some ways you can help us make FBCR a successful business:
1. Buy coffee: Obviously, if you love our coffee, make the effort to get a bag. We are trying to make it available in as many places as we can to make it easy for you. Also, make us your one-stop shop for gifts for your favorite coffee lover this holiday season (Holiday Blend 2016 will be available November 1!).
2. Tell your friends: We know there are many people who would be our customers if they just knew that we existed. We need your help to spread the word.
3. Help us find opportunities: Do you have a favorite restaurant that has terrible coffee? Tell them about us. Do you have events in your community that we could serve coffee at? Do you know someone who is thinking about opening a coffee shop? Once a shop chooses a roasting company to go with, it is difficult for them to switch, even if they find a better option. Do you know a commercial property owner that would love to have a roastery/coffee bar combo at their property?
4. Be ready to give: Once we do find the right spot for a roastery/coffee bar, we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for equipment and build-out. You will have the chance to help us make it happen, and you will get some awesome gifts in return.
In the end, we want you to know how thankful we are to all of our fans! We could not do this without you and we hope to be your local coffee roaster for many years to come.