A junction is a place where two or more things meet or are joined. Coffee is a global platform where junctions occur.
Junction Coffee is a unique business who's purpose is to create community and hope, rather than just a profit.
We have two basic beliefs about people, (1) that everyone has great value and everyone deserves to know that value. And (2) often people don't know, or feel like they have value because of various circumstances or injustices in their lives.
Through being mobile, we will be able to create a community that extends beyond one physical location but that bridges different areas of the city, different demographics and different social situations.By conducting business in consistent locations in the city, we are able to use the platform of coffee to build an intentional kind of relationship that’s purpose is to generate community, express acceptance and worth within that community and engage the surrounding city in actions that express the same, while working against the systems that may express otherwise.
MORE THAN COFFEE
With the proceeds of coffee sales we will support local and international organizations that are concerned with issues of justice and mercy. (ie: human trafficking, the poor and homeless, AIDS/HIV, lack of fresh water, education etc.) But our partnership will go beyond financial transactions. By coming along side organizations that are already at work in these areas, we can physically participate as well by organizing activities, raising awareness, voting, attending activities and so forth.
Currently, downtown Oklahoma City is experiencing rapid growth among primarily young adults (ages 22-35) though other age groups are certainly a part of that growth as well. It also has a strong and growing food truck community (Oklahoma City’s largest monthly food truck event regularly has over 25,000 attendees). Oklahoma also has a large specialty coffee industry, with several small-batch roasteries in Oklahoma City, Norman and Tulsa.
A DOUBLE DECKER BUS?
Presently, we have purchased a 1974 Bristol Double Decker Bus. It is in wonderful working condition and is merely in need of weather stripping along the windows and a new paint job! As of 8/19/14 it is in the UK and set to board a freight liner within the week. Then, we will pick it up from Charleston, SC and drive it to OKC. At which point, we'll begin work on converting it to a mobile coffee shop!
Risks and challenges
Training and Quality Control.
We understand that we have very limited experience in the coffee service industry and therefore will need to be properly trained and rely on more experienced professionals, such as those mentioned in our Core Advisory team and Essential Relationships to advise, monitor and ensure quality control.
Permit and Licensing.
The mobile food service industry in Oklahoma City is ever changing. Because of this, we will need carefully monitor and continue to research the different permit and license requirements.
Though we are mobile, we will be serving the downtown Oklahoma City area. In this area, however, there are two major specialty coffee roasters with coffee shops. We intend to cultivate a relationship of mutuality that promotes non-competition and hopefully collaboration.
WAYS TO OVERCOME OBSTACLES:
We have brought around us numerous people with varied backgrounds to recourse us, advise us and assist us throughout this journey.
"Core Advisory Team":
Aaron and Brittany Bolerjack: Have, combined, over a decade of experience in professional coffee service, coffee shop development and coffee shop ministry in the US and in Europe.
Skip Cannon: Has an extended background in 501c3 and corporate accounting. He has also started and currently operates a faith-based Non-profit in Oklahoma that serves Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman and several smaller cities in rural areas.
Brent and Michael LaVine: Have extended experience in cross cultural ministry, local ministry, professional fund raising, and university education.
Rob Bollinger: Has started multiple for-profit businesses and founded a faith based international non-profit where he still serves as president. He has been employed as a CEO, Pastor, Missionary, Engineer, Divisional Manager and Independent Contractor in several industries.
Eric Sanchez: Has a degree and background in hotel kitchen management, and started and operated his own catering company for several years in Miami, Florida. He has recently served as Multicultural Pastor in Oklahoma City and is currently starting a House Church Network in Moore, OK.
Sonya Emmert: Started, with her husband, her own business that now serves several countries around the world. She also has experience in accounting, bookkeeping, financing and real estate.
The environment in OKC for this model is perfect right now-
Currently, downtown Oklahoma City is experiencing rapid growth among young adults (ages 22-35). It also has a strong and growing food truck community (Oklahoma City’s largest monthly food truck event regularly has over 25,000 attendees). Oklahoma also has a large specialty coffee industry, with several small-batch roasteries in Oklahoma City, Norman and Tulsa.
We have already begun building strong relationships with businesses and people in the coffee industry to recourse, advise, assist and partner with us.
Mariposa Coffee Roastery: Small batch coffee roaster based in Norman, Oklahoma. Operates mobile coffee unit in Norman. Distributer of espresso machines, espresso grinders, pour-over/individual brew equipment. Involved in social justice issues in the city and around the world (uses proceeds from coffee sales to build fresh water wells in coffee farming communities). Boyer’s Coffee Company: Coffee roaster, distributer and major coffee shop chain based in Denver, CO. Operates mobile coffee kiosk in the Denver area. Glenn Floresca: Executive Vice President of NBC Bank Oklahoma. Mike L. Loyd & Associates: Law firm based in Oklahoma City specializing in business law, real estate law, and contract law.
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