My wife and I spent over four combined decades serving colleges, universities, independent secondary schools and college bound students and families throughout our careers. As an entrepreneur in the educational technology space, I came to a crossroads in my career looking to provide a great experience in a very different industry. After more than 28 years working with colleges and universities, I was ready for something new. I could have easily started another business in education. But along the journey and brainstorming process, my passions became clearer. And I devoted myself to starting something very different by the time I was 50. And that time has now come.
A fan of coffee since I was very little sitting on my mom’s lap and sneaking a sip of her black coffee when she wasn’t looking, I spent time in the early 1990’s helping a roaster in Berks County, Pennsylvania with their marketing and promotional materials. Since embracing this returning passion for coffee, I spent a year studying the art and science of coffee roasting and understanding the business model of a cafe with the guidance of other successful coffee business owners in the area. I was trained and certified as a roastmaster at the Vermont School of Coffee. And the journey began.
House Cup Coffee Roasters was launched formally in 2017. An important year in my life. A year when I sent my beautiful and talented daughter, Sarah, off to college. And when my wife and I welcomed our new born boy, Xavier, into this world (yes, you read that right). And I took another professional leap. Holding hands literally with my wife and figuratively with my friends, to bring this coffee vision to reality.
For both of us, giving back to the community is of utmost importance. While the quality of the coffee and other goods are the first priority, what we can do to support the local residents, services and businesses has to be embedded into the business model. Our goal is to create fresh roasted coffee for those looking for "a better cup of coffee" at home and at local restaurants.
We'll see what comes next. But we're excited about the future. Thanks for listening. And thanks for your support.
Brian Wm. Niles
Owner & Roastmaster
If you love our new organic Sumatra coffees, these are the women that grow it. What a treat to meet the family that grows such great coffees for us!
Introducing the Suspended Coffee
After World War II in Italy, many citizens could not even afford a cup of coffee or espresso - admittingly a strong coffee culture. What began was something called the “suspended cup”, the beginning of the “pay ahead” movement. House Cup Coffee is now a member of the Suspended Coffee organization to bring this program to our local community. Here’s how we do it:
Supplying Local Food Banks
House Cup Coffee provides bags of fresh roasted coffee to local food banks. We’ve launched our program in support of Hope Church Food Bank in Havertown, Pennsylvania who currently supplies needed products to more than 45 families once a month including canned goods, produce, supplies and now locally roasted coffee.
How can you help?
You can now purchase a bag of “Suspended Coffee” in our online store. We’re splitting the cost with you, so for $7.50 we’ll include a bag of coffee for the next food bank delivery. And as a thank you, we’ll put an additional 100 points into your reward program bank (learn more about this program here by clicking on the icon on the bottom left corner of this page. And you can do this as often as you want (you can even add it to a regular subscription too).