Amy was sitting in a college dining hall, on a college visit. Brian, with one year remaining in the military, was walking the streets of Cambridge England.
Amy, do you want to start a coffee business with me?
I think I laughed because I was sixteen and my brother who lived across the pond was proposing a business.
The conception of Colebrew occurred in the late summer of 2016. The idea was based on coupling connection and coffee by having people in communities blog on words, and these words be stickered to coffee cups. After 4 months the blog was set, however there was still no definite place to sell, and no target market; seemingly Colebrew was at a stand still.
Amy and a friend were driving to Bible study and talking about Colebrew. They began dreaming how it would be so cool to have a coffee shop in their high school Broad Run. The dream was to set up a corner in a classroom and have tables and rugs where people could enjoy coffee and each other.
PEER, a student council class, was constantly addressing the idea of a student lounge as a way for students to decompress from stress. The theater director at the school offered up his room during some lunches to be a place for students to come and lounge. Amy had a coffee business.
How could the dream of a coffee shop in school tie the three together?
Brian was able to console the 501c3 foundation on how the model of selling coffee in schools and giving to the community, all while sharing life giving words, could fit a non-profit model. After clear, concise, and persistent communication about the vision, it was determined a 20-minute phone call with a subject matter expert would be the final decider on being able to incorporate as a non-profit. 17 minutes into the call there had been no progress until the idea was presented to simply enable high school students to entrepreneur a coffee shop in their school to provide opportunities with the revenue.
ColeBrew became an entrepreneur ambassador program that allows students to become eligible for an end-of-year scholarship based off revenue accrued from coffee sales in a student lounge. The entrepreneur ambassadors have the option to defer the scholarship and use the coffee shop income to fund a law enforcement officer to be present in their school or another that is in need. Tips go to an approved local charity and life-giving words are shared with communal perspective.
November 10th, 2017, one year and three months since Colebrew’s conception, opening day for the Broad Run student lounge arrived. The “B” (name of the student lounge) was open during the lunch block of school, which is seventh period, for two hours. When the bell rang and seventh block began, the helpers showed and the lounge was fully operational. The day flew by with improv performances, excited students eager to see the lounge, and many thirsty costumers.
One of the students commented, “I have never felt more relaxed and happy to be at Broad Run than in the B student lounge.” That made it all worth it. Amy was hoping and praying for was an atmosphere where students would be safe to have fun and be a community… and a community is exactly what happened. God has blessed this and has taught Amy what it looks like to honor Him through work.
Greater things have yet to come
Meet THE TEAM
There are many aspirations in the free-spirited heart of Amy Cole, many of these only possible by her taking a road less traveled. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, she is the youngest of four and remarkably the wisest. She finds excitement in the unorganized, spontaneous adventures of life and loves spending time with just about anyone. After excelling as an honors student at Broad Run High School and working three jobs as a Nanny, Barista, and CEO of ColeBrew INC, she has deferred college for a year to continue in entrepreneurship and introspective growth.
President of the Board
Entrepreneur, Kaplan University Online
Brian is where the dreamer and doer meet; he dreams and then he does. He went straight into the United States Air Force after graduating from high school. During his six years of active duty as a Pararescueman, he earned his bachelors degree through Kaplan University, experienced different cultures by living in multiple countries, and taught himself piano. In the end of his time in the military, he dove into entrepreneurship with the mission of increasing both physical and spiritual safety through KCSL (Keep Calm and Save Lives) and ColeBrew. What sets Brian apart is the way he dives into the community and situation surrounding him. He is also really good at hyping up a wedding if the dancing is dying.
Treasurer & Secretary
Math Major, University of Alabama
Air Force Pilot, David Cole is a proud member of ColeBrew’s Board association. If you recognize his last name, that’s because he’s the proud older brother of Fellow board member BrianCole and ColeBrew President, Amy Cole. Prior to becoming a full time Air Force Pilot, David attended the University of Alabama, where he graduated with a Bachelors in Mathematics and more importantly met his wife, Ashley, and together have a beautiful daughter named Kate.
Board Member/Sales Representative
University of Alabama
Brittany is a Tennessee native living in the great state of Texas with her fluffy Australian/Golden mix, Nash. Not only does she care for this furbaby, but Brittany also fosters other dogs until they have found their forever homes. When these pups aren’t occupying her time, she enjoys the therapeutic art of crafts while knitting, weaving, and painting. Brittany excels when she gives her word, and off that principle and the exceptional product she produces has been an asset to every organization she works with.
Enterprise Account Executive, Universidad De Costa Rica
Jose Soto is an incredibly hard working man of God who has recently laid his new found roots in Seattle Washington. He moved there approximately nine months ago in a leap of faith in hopes of finding a new job and a faith family. The Lord has richly blessed Jose since his relocating to Seattle, as he works as a regional manager selling software security systems as well as being connected to a Church family and friends. He also serves on the ColeBrew board and enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Crossfit Senior Trainer, James Madison University.
Brittany is skilled in a variety of talents and continues to be inspired and motivated to learn more. After spending a year in Uganda as a missionary, she moved from her home in Virginia to Waco, TX and has since become a Crossfit Coach and a muffin baking master for the local farmers market. Brittany’s next step is attending PT school at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX where she also hopes to refine her dance moves, learn the Texas two-step and hopefully adopt the largest lap dog that she can find.
Entrepreneur, George Mason University (GMU)
Business Analyst, James Madison University.