Since its October 2020 opening, Kahvi Coffee House + Café has brewed a unique blend of coffee, Scandinavian mindfulness and Fika at 3830 Talmadge Road in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
“Kahvi is Finnish for coffee,” said Co-owner and Manager April Becker. “It’s easy to be mindful while drinking a smooth cup of coffee!”
New Anniversary, New Mobile App
To celebrate its first year in business, the independent coffee shop launched a new mobile app.
“Get ready to fall in love with Kahvi all over again when you download our brand new mobile app,” April said. “Earn free drinks and merchandise, get exclusive offers, and scratch that Fika itch!” ⠀⠀
A Partnership Based on Community and Scandinavian Roots
April, former owner of Hope Tree Family Therapy, started the venture with several partners from the Eau Claire business community.
Cody and Molly Filipczak own C&M Real Estate. April’s mother-in-law Chris Becker is C&M’s managing broker. And Scott Knepper owns Trillium Commercial Realty.
Inspired by Wisconsin’s Scandinavian heritage, the group designed their shop to build a sense of community and act as a gathering place.
“We wanted to combine urban chill atmosphere, terrific coffee and Scandinavian roots,” said Cody Filipczak.
“Our mission is to satisfy our neighbor’s need for coffee and community by providing high quality, direct trade coffee that we all can feel good about.”
Although Cody had the initial vision, he didn’t have the time to run day-to-day operations.
“Cody approached me and thought it would be a good fit to work together,” April Becker said.
Connecting with Crimson Cup
After reviewing information about our 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program, she gained confidence to move forward as manager.
Through this proven program, we have helped over 300 entrepreneurs in 30 states achieve their dream of opening a coffee shop.
The program is based on the book Seven Steps to Success: A Common-Sense Guide to Succeed in Specialty Coffee by Founder and President Greg Ubert.
“As an entrepreneur myself, I thrive on helping other entrepreneurs open profitable coffee shops,” Greg said.
“Kahvi Coffee House + Café is a delightful example of how independent shops can be as unique as their owners and the communities they serve. We’re thrilled to help them reach their first anniversary!”
7 Steps coffee shop startup consultants guide new business owners through every step of opening a profitable coffee house, from writing a successful coffee shop business plan and choosing a location to training staff and creating a marketing plan.
As part of the program, a 7-Steps trainer with extensive experience conducts on-site training in the week leading up to opening day.
Ongoing Support Drives Success
“If we didn’t have Crimson Cup, I don’t think we could have made the leap to do this,” April Becker said. “Following the 7 Steps streamlined and simplified everything.
“To put it simply, Kahvi Coffee House + Cafe wouldn’t be in business today had it not been for our partnership with Crimson Cup.
“They have kept their original promises by walking with us from the starting vision all the way through our first year. We can’t imagine partnering with anyone else.”
Coffee Wins Local Fans⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Roasted by Crimson Cup, the coffee has earned rave reviews from local customers. “People love that there’s no bitter, burned flavor,” said Chris Becker.
One of the shop’s most popular drinks is the Fika mocha. This caramel-infused white chocolate mocha can be ordered hot, blended or over ice.
The Meaning of Fika
Often translated as “a coffee and cake break,” Fika is a concept and state of mind embedded in Swedish culture.
“Many Swedish companies schedule time every afternoon for staff to come together over coffee and pastries,” April said. “We are excited to bring people in Eau Claire together in this way.”
Adjacent to several walking paths, Kahvi Coffee offers a dog-friendly patio and snacks for pups. Designed by C&M real estate, the urban cool interior features airy spaces and ample seating.
The shop caters to coffee lovers on the go with mobile ordering, a pick-up counter and a drive-thru.
The shop also carries a unique collection of pillows, wall hangings, small bags and other thoughtful gifts.
Cody Filipczak says this is only the beginning for Kahvi. “We have really big goals and high expectations and hope to open many, many more stores!”
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