I love people in this state. Last week I reached out to Mandy from Boston Stoker. They are an Ohio-based, gourmet coffee roaster with 9 locations around the Dayton area with one located in Columbus. I told Mandy a little bit about the Be Ohio Proud initiative and asked if she would be willing to meet up. Not only was she willing to meet, she also pulled in Henry, the Vice President! That tells a lot about the type of company Boston Stoker is. They are successful and growing yet they have time to meet with new businesses.
So I drove up to Vandalia this morning to meet with them. As we sat down I proceeded to tell them the story behind Be Ohio Proud and show them the product. Within 15 minutes they agreed to start carrying our stickers in several of their locations! They loved the story, the stickers and the mission.
After "business" was conducted, Mandy took me on a tour of the roasting facility. The aroma was pure bliss and the passion was as evident as the smell. She told me about the farms where they order their coffee beans from and they visit, in person, once a year. She showed me how the roasting process happened and pointed out their "roast master" who was clearly hard at work. Every batch is tasted by the roast master to ensure perfection!
What a great morning! Look for us in your local Boston Stoker very soon!