Learn from our community entrepreneurs! In this interview, Sarah Buzby shares the story of building and growing Mainely Coffee, located in Millinocket, Maine, USA
We are specialty coffee roasters and tea blenders who specialize in using cascara (aka coffee fruit) in our signature blends. Our customers tend to be those who prefer quality over quantity when it comes to their hot beverages.
Roger's brother first introduced us to roasting coffee at home by sending us a Ziploc baggy filled with beans and no explanation. After clarifying that he wasn't just dividing bags of coffee among the family, he sent us a link to the $1k+ machine he bought to roast coffee in. We couldn't afford that, so we jumped on YouTube and found we could roast coffee with a popcorn popper, and we never looked back. We are constantly in pursuit of the perfect cup, whether it be coffee or tea.
I would say that growing our company to the point where we no longer require an outside source of income has been our biggest accomplishment to date.
The financial stress is the worst. Will we sell enough to pay the bills and pay ourselves? What can we do to ensure that? These are the things that keep us up at night.
1. Do your due diligence; make sure you know what you're getting yourself into.
2. Be sure to do everything by the books, don't cut corners or dodge regulations.
3. Never stop learning and never be afraid to ask for help.
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