We’re excited to welcome another new member to the Crimson Cup family of independent coffee shops. Congratulations to Kevin and Christy Scott and Matt and Julie Love on the opening of The Well Coffee House!
Thanks to them, travelers through Boston’s South Station train terminal can now enjoy handcrafted coffee for a cause. Staffed by volunteers from their East Boston church, The Well Coffee House opened Jan. 21 at 2 South Station, Suite A6. It serves delicious coffee beverages along with big helpings of compassion and charity.
The Well Coffee House is an outgrowth of The Church @ the Well, a nondenominational Christian ministry headquartered in the Old Firehouse at 260 Sumner Street. The ministry was founded by Pastor Kevin Scott, his wife Christy, and Associate Pastor Matt Love and his wife Julie, who moved from California to plant the church in Boston.
Their original vision was to incorporate a coffee house into the church, but finding a suitable space proved difficult. As they viewed the traffic moving through South Station, they conceived an idea for a separate coffee house that would raise funds for their nonprofit church and other area nonprofits.
To bring their vision into reality, the two couples completed our Seven Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program. Based on Greg’s book, Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry, our program teaches prospective owners everything they need to run a successful coffee house. From developing a business plan to choosing a location to hiring and managing staff, our trainers turn raw recruits into seasoned baristas and coffee house managers in a matter of months.
Unlike coffee franchises, we never take a one-size-fits-all approach to coffee shop creation. Because space is at a premium in the South Station terminal, our consultants designed a highly efficient layout for a shop that’s only 92 square feet in size. As a result, baristas can quickly craft drinks for time-pressed travelers.
We’re proud to help owners put their stamp on independent businesses that reflects their individual tastes and the needs of their local community. For The Well, that meant nurturing its faith-based community and other local nonprofits.
With a motto of “Coffee – Love – Community,” The Well Coffee House “combines high quality espresso based drinks with superior service, a friendly atmosphere and a love for our community.” Each month, The Well plans to donate a percentage of profits and contents of its donation jar to a new nonprofit, beginning with Boston-area youth music organizer Zumix.
Even though The Well Coffee House sits within 100 feet of half a dozen national chains that sell coffee, Matt Love has observed that Crimson Cup beverages outshine the competition. “People will walk by with their coffee cups, whether it’s a latte, straight coffee, or some other iced drink,” he said. “After just one sample of our coffee, we’ve seen them dump a full coffee drink in the trash and buy another one from us.”
The Well Coffee House is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Customers choose from a full menu of hot and cold specialty coffee drinks, including handcrafted espressos, lattes, cappuccinos and mochas, as well as frozen smoothies, hot chocolate and premium hot and iced teas.