Lionheart Coffee Company
Created to be used as a space using coffee as the catalyst to bring our community together, Lionheart Coffee Company opened in May 2015. I had been in the coffee industry for over 10 years mainly working through management at several Starbucks cafes. When developing the concept of Lionheart and beginning the build out phase for the shop, I realized that although I had a lot of experience in the ‘Big Coffee’ industry. This meant that I had a limited network within the specialty coffee industry.
I discovered Bellissimo Coffee Advisors online, conveniently located in Portland, Oregon where I live. I attended the barista basics workshop and my outlook on coffee changed forever. The amount that I was able to learn in that short amount of time is something I cannot put a value on. This has become the basis of all of my in-store training for my staff. I am so proud to be able to confidently train my baristas properly with a level foundation that they can all grow with. Meanwhile, having continued access to more resources for their ongoing development.
Through Bellissimo I was also able to begin developing a network in the specialty coffee industry. Without this experience I do not know where my business would be today. We are a multi-roaster shop that serves specialty coffee roasted from all over Oregon. I am so proud of where my team of Baristas are at skill level wise and where we are at as a business has completely exceeded my expectations for our first year in business. Here’s to many more years of success for both Lionheart Coffee and Bellissimo!