A loan of $5,000 helped secure specialty-grade coffee, general liability insurance and barcodes which will enable us to partner with established gourmet food stores and bring our beans to a wider audience.


Robert's story

Hi, I’m Robbie. Ten years ago, my mom and I worked in a coffee shop in Culpeper, VA called Cameron St. Coffee House. My mom was a manager and a coffee roaster, and I was a barista. We were passionate about coffee and treating customers with friendly, small-town affection.

When I was in college, the coffee shop was bought out by a big restaurant, and the owners sold their top-of-the-line roasting equipment to my mom. They loaded the coffee roaster onto a truck and drove it to a studio beside her Culpeper home. My mom has continued roasting ever since then but has never had the time or the team to market her coffee and transform her passion into a thriving business.

In 2012, three friends and I started Commonwealth Joe to help my mom bring her coffee to a wider audience. We started by selling only one coffee variety in mason jars. Our family and friends supported our efforts and we were pleasantly surprised to sell out before Christmas. We reinvested the money into the business and doubled our efforts, and a lot’s happened since then. We expanded our coffee offerings and participated in farmers’ markets. We partnered with a local chocolatier to infuse our coffee into his chocolate, and with retailers who sell our coffee in their stores across the state. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we feel we're off to a good start.

Thank you so much for supporting our family passion!



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About Commonwealth Joe

Industry: Retail
Years in operation: 1 year - 3 years
Website: commonwealthjoe.com

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