VIDEO: Coffee and ‘Sooshi?’ Business is booming for one creative entrepreneur
Ia. (CNN) — Forced to change careers due to the pandemic, an Iowa man is making the best of his new venture.
Chris James launched Buffalo Brew Coffee Roasting in his basement. In a matter of months, he was able to buy a new roaster that increases his productivity from 1 lb an hour to 60 lbs an hour.
But, what really made him stand out from the crowd is how he delivers his coffee.
Once an order is bagged and ready, James hops on his bike with the delivery and his 11-year-old pug, Sooshie, in tow.
Sooshie has difficulty moving her hind legs and is blind. James says this way she gets out to safely enjoy some fresh air.
“Getting outdoors enjoying the sunshine… being with Sooshi, waving to the neighbors. It’s a great time!” exclaimed James.
James explains that his customers have also taken a liking to the strapped-in, helmet, and goggle-wearing pug.
“They want to take photos and selfies with Sooshi, they want to pet her, Sooshi eats it up.”
Local customers, like Todd Oakes, say Buffalo Brew checks a lot of his boxes.
“We are coffee lovers…. the fact it is local we love to support local businesses as well so it kind of checked a couple boxes for us there,” said Oakes. “The fact they have a dog checks another box because we are dog lovers as well.”
James says as his new business continues to grow, he will eventually have to say goodby to making deliveries on his bike.