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Meet Charon Thompson of Black Drip Coffee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charon Thompson.

Hi Charon, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Dan Smith and I are entrepreneurs that started several businesses and we drink a lot of coffee. Since we drink so much coffee, we wanted  start our own coffee product for everyone to enjoy. So, I went online to order some whole beans  and buy a mini roaster.  I was thinking  the whole house is gonna smell like coffee. Nope, not from roasting coffee beans. It smells like burnt popcorn. Two weeks I was in the doghouse from my wife because of the smell. I don’t want to be in trouble anymore, so  I jumped on LinkedIn in hopes of finding a roasterie  that could help us with this issue. So I reached out to Issac Hodges of Messenger Coffee. He said, yes I can help you so we did a collaboration with Messenger coffee called Renegade.

We did a coffee cupping, which is a tasting for coffee. From one cuppings session, nobody told us to take sips of the coffee at the cuppings so we was drinking them all.  David Webber and Nick from messenger coffee, told us to take sips. Dan and I should’ve listened, because I was up three nights in a row and all day without being tired.

We made it through the process of finding the right blend of coffee with Guatemala, Brazilian, and Colombian. With notes of chocolate and citrus fruity, it’s a very premium coffee.
Dan and I came up with the perfect blend and it is exactly what we were looking for and the name fits it black drip coffee.” Coffee for the culture”.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
So far, it’s been smooth; we are still in the trial and error phase but so far, it’s been a smooth ride. Actually seems like everything is being updated with new bags and designs on the way. We just got ground bags.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
So we are a coffee product that is in a few selective locations. We are black-owned and we try our best to give the reach aspects of the coffee world. We are not gurus of coffee. We just know what we like and wanted to share with the hard-working entrepreneurs that this coffee is for you to stay awake on those long hard working days. Besides being for entrepreneurs, it’s for everyone to experience great coffee. That’s why we named it coffee for the Culture. Brand wise, we wanted something slick and smooth like the coffee so thats why it looks the way it does. We are proud to call this coffee ours and it takes a lot of hard work to run coffee shops. We are not to that point as of yet but our coffee will be featured in Kinship cafe on the Ks side, Aya books and coffee, KC Daiquiri shop in Overland Park, Black Pantry, Sunfresh, and some other prime locations. We are very selective with our coffee.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Never roast coffee beans in your house! 


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