About the OC

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Craft-Roasted Coffee for the People of Raleigh.  

Raleigh is full of coffee lovers, so we thought it was time we had our own coffee, freshly roasted right downtown.  Memorable coffees, sourced directly from farmers in Central America and Africa.   We think as the people of Raleigh, we deserve our own coffee, roasted here in the neighborhood, and provided in a way that makes us all proud of our city.   Our long term goal is to make a positive impact- both in our community, and in communities where our coffees are grown.  We started out with three world-changers in our lineup with more on the way.    Its all part of our mission to “Love Locally, Love Globally.”

Love Locally, Love Globally

We're taking a spin on the phrase "think globally, act locally."  It's not just about good tasting coffee, we're in this to make a difference in our city and the world.

Locally:  Starting inside our own company, we're including adults with special needs in our packaging operations.   We think that's a way to be a compassionate part of our community.   We're not the first to do this, but our vision is that working in this way will encourage many community businesses to join in.  We’re creating a company for impact by structuring in compassion.  In the long range, we see a new kind of business involvement with the community - through direct startup support for other small businesses in under-served and hurting communities.  Stay tuned to our blog for developments in Raleigh and abroad.  We want to inspire connection, pride, and all around awesomeness inside this company and throughout Raleigh.

Globally:  It's possible to pay farmers directly for quality coffees, and at rates above fair trade prices. That's how to end poverty - and ending poverty changes the world!   It's possible to do this and still make a profit.  Our goal is to prove what's possible by structuring generous trade practices into the metrics for the company.    In coffee growing regions where we do business, we're already supporting microfinance and community development projects that create opportunities and improve the quality of life.  By dealing directly with farmers, we hope to give even more opportunities where none existed before.  We're starting something.  You'll be hearing more about that as time goes on, but there's only one way we see this business ending up- benefiting everyone we do business with.   

 

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The Simple Business

We provide a reliable supply of freshly roasted, exceptional coffees from around the world to wholesale and retail coffee lovers.  

Wholesale

We are simply about your success.  We are here to support your company's vision by providing memorable coffees and in-store signage and messaging. You'll find us extremely responsive, with weekly deliveries of freshly roasted coffee:  high quality single origins, and special blends to meet your needs, and private custom labeling for your coffee as well.  

Retail:  

1. Order from this website - with Free Delivery inside Raleigh!    We deliver on Fridays only.  Thank you for your patience  :-)

2.  Saturday Farmers Markets at the North Hills Mall.  Wednesday Farmers Market in Downtown Raleigh on City Plaza.

3. On fair weather days, we'll open the garage door - usually Saturday afternoons. If weather's iffy, better call to be sure... sorry for the inconvenience...

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Our bottom line... 

We roast because we believe something.

We believe we can change the balance...  by putting more goodness into the equation.  In every way we can do that.  From filling the air of Raleigh with the cheerful aroma of roasting coffee, to creating opportunities, or directly addressing poverty here and abroad, we're adding good.  

Coffee is the world's most shared connection.  Can it be a medium for cultural exchange?  For understanding?  For compassion?    We believe it can.  

 

Will our coffee make the world a better place?  

 

We think so.

 

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  * IN THE NEWS *  

2016

July 2016 - Vimeo - Our super cool Nitro Video!

 https://vimeo.com/177704569 

Jan 4, 2016 - News & Observer - Covering the vision of CITY CUPS

https://bitly.com/1PHIKdV

 

 

2015

WNCN - NC company delivers local coffee to your doorstep

http://bit.ly/1zaHrY3

 

 

2014

Dec 01, 2014    WALTER Magazine - The Raleigh Coffee Scene

http://bit.ly/11KGjB5

July 24, 2014     News and Observer  -  Duke Energy Grant

http://bit.ly/UqbspQ

July 23, 2014      Triangle Business Journal - Image of the Day

http://bizj.us/zklev/i/1

June 13, 2014    Triangle Business Journal  Care Cups article

http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/2014/06/how-raleighs-oak-city-coffee-plans-to-use-k-cups.html?page=all

June 13, 2014   News & Observer  Care Cups article

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/13/3934844/oak-city-coffee-roaster-aims-to.html

     And repeated in Bloomburg Business Week

     http://buswk.co/1rAMIup

May 5, 2014   News & Observer  Farmer's Market article

http://www.midtownraleighnews.com/2014/05/05/3837111/downtown-raleigh-farmers-market.html

April 1, 2014  Fun!  A mention in All about Beer Magazine

http://allaboutbeer.com/raleigh-beer-scene/

 

 

2013

July 16th - Nice article by Katherine Blunt after interviewing me.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/15/3027494/backstory-roaster-brews-up-business.html

April 25- Day after first Downtown Farmers market

http://www.wral.com/triangle-restaurant-openings-and-closings-april-25-2013-/12377041/