Big Changes At Coffeeco Market Square

Tonight I convened a staff meeting at Coffeeco Market Square to inform our team that we have successfully completed an agreement to sell our location at 322 King Street East on Market Square.  The purchasers are the same team who acquired our Kingston Centre location, and will similarly rebrand the location “Kingston Coffee House”.

An important part of this sale is a long term coffee supply agreement to guarantee our existing customers access to the highest quality and freshest coffee in Kingston, Multatuli and North Roast Coffee.

Another important factor is the fact that we are retaining the Coffeeco name which will represent a new “Mobile” coffee concept we are currently building and will introduce at our new larger roastery next door to our existing location at 721 Progress Avenue.  This new concept will see a full functioning espresso bar placed within a custom shipping container capable of being dropped on any vacant lot, parking lot, special event or in our case, within the walls of an existing building.  I’ll post some pics tomorrow of our container in the process of being constructed.

Last, our new larger roasting plant will feature a completely open concept to make the roasting and packaging an interactive process for customers who want to know how their food in made.  We will also have a professional barista training station to permit us to train or upgrade the staff of existing customers, and to hold training events for aspiring home baristas.

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Last Week At Kingston Centre

This is our last week of operating our Coffeeco Espresso Bar at the Kingston Centre location.  We have enjoyed 8 1/2 years of profitable operation in this busy location, but have decided that we would not be renewing our lease when it expires in 2018, and instead focus on our wholesale roasting operation.  

As mentioned in my previous post, we have agreed to sell this location to a long time employee and her husband, who will operate under the new name of "The Kingston Coffee House".  Rest assured that the new owners will continue to offer our fresh, fair trade organic coffee exclusively, and to continue to bake on site, and offer only organic milk for every drink on the menu.  All customers who have accumulated loyalty rewards points at this location can still use their Gift Cards at either Coffeeco in Market Square, Multatuli Coffee on Progress Avenue or online.  

I expect to be making an exciting announcement regarding the relocation of our Wholesale Roastery, and the creation of a Regional Centre for coffee roasting, coffee equipment, hands on coffee education and espresso training in Kingston.

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