Boketto Cold Brew on Broadway doesn’t just serve cold brew coffee – it also specializes in cold-brew and loose-leaf teas, great for helping you detox.
Talking with Ben Wesley, Boketto’s owner, it becomes clear almost immediately why his café devoted to changing the flavor of cold brew coffee is so successful: Boketto not only differentiates itself from other cafés with its delectable brew and artisan teas but its ability to partner with other local businesses. Ben stresses the importance of manifesting success for not only Boketto but for its neighbors as well.
HOW IT STARTED:
Ben started as a head concierge at an office building downtown, where he would eventually be given an old espresso machine and the idea to weld an espresso cart to go with it. Inspired, Ben began contacting all of his barista connections and eventually linked with an award-winning roaster from Australia, who offered Ben the best cup of coffee he had ever tasted.
Shortly after, the two got to work brewing 15-20 pounds per week.
Ben set his cart made from a vintage bicycle up on movie sets where he worked the graveyard shift, gave restaurants in his building free kegs of cold brew, and would eventually put cold brew kegs in the spaces of much larger corporations and companies.
He marketed his espresso cart to the best of his ability with the support of his boss and business partner – in fact, Ben’s boss owns the building the café is in and helped build space to have a business.
Excitement was building as Boketto blossomed into a business, the transformation described as “really kind of serendipitous” by Ben, whose innovative ideas for Boketto’s future had only just begun. The 5-foot space soon became home to some pretty momentous energy, a place that would not turn anyone away.
Boketto Cold Brew and its neighbors are proof that small business is going to go farther for you; when small businesses show love to their community, the community will support them right back. So, support your local businesses! Your purchases will mean more, and we guarantee the brew at Boketto will be worth it.
Ben works with his roaster to make a special blend of beans that is ordered on Friday, gets in on Monday, cold-brewed on Tuesday, and ready to serve on Wednesday. Boketto’s cold brew even has more caffeine than anyone else’s, because of the lighter beans used.
Fortunately, the café was never dine-in, so this became its advantage during the pandemic, as it is unaffected by any indoor dining bans.
HOW IT’S GOING:
Boketto sends customers home with is reusable. Ben created his own ready-to-serve cold brew pouches that are 100% recyclable and hold 54 ounces of cold brew; Coffee lovers can purchase their own re-fillable coffee pouch subscriptions through Boketto’s website. www.bokettocoldbrew.com
Boketto carries apparel, skateboards, accessories, books and art from the most minority and women-owned brands and gives free rein to local artists to paint and showcase their art outside of the café, keeping 100% of profits earned. Boketto is constantly moving forward and attracting other energy to build with.
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