One Year of Gutter Punk
It’s crazy to think about (for us at least) but we’re coming up on the one year of anniversary of Gutter Punk Coffee. It was back in June 2017 that we officially launched as the coffee vendor in South Minneapolis at the Whittier Farmers Market. Since then we’ve been in another farmers market, catered several weddings, corporate events and a dear friend’s backyard adoption fundraiser. We’ve employed four youth employees, two of whom will continue to work for us this summer. As we wrap up our first year of operation, we wanted to update you on some recent Gutter Punk Coffee developments, and map out what we’re planning for the next year or two.
The last couple months have brought two huge changes that have pushed the mission of Gutter Punk Coffee forward. First, Propel Nonprofits officially became Gutter Punk Coffee’s Fiscal Sponsors. This means we are a non-profit organization and we can accept tax-deductible donations.
Second, a roaster based in St. Paul began renting us space, which means we are now able to supply our own coffee for farmers markets and keep up with demand from private orders. In addition, we are moving into securing wholesale contracts from local restaurants, coffee shops and organizations, as well as churches who support our mission and need coffee for Sunday services. We’re always looking for more local businesses who need wholesale coffee so if you know one you can connect us with, let us know! These increased sales will help us as we raise funds for a permanent location, and will allow us to employ more youth employees.
Our top goal this upcoming year is to have forty employable hours per week to offer our youth. In addition to wholesale orders, we plan to do that in a few ways. The first is bike delivery. Both of us love biking, so one of our dreams has always been to have youth employees deliver our online orders by bike in the Twin Cities area. This would be fun, good for the environment and most importantly add available paid hours to our employees, who are stoked about this idea.
Second, we’d like to start bottling our Local Motive cold brew this year. We hear all the time how much our customers love it and want to buy it in larger batches. We plan to begin bottling and selling it in individual sized bottles and larger growlers by the time we launch at Farmers Markets this June.
Finally, our ultimate goal for Gutter Punk Coffee has always been a brick-and-mortar storefront. Our youth want to work, and we want to employ them! We’ve always known one of the best ways to do this was by having a full coffee shop that would provide the work hours our youth need and the time for us to invest in their personal development as employees. Now that we’re building the roasting side of our business, the next big step will be saving and fundraising for a commercial space. Stay tuned!
How you can help
There are several ways you can support us as we continue to grow and expand. One of the easiest, and we think best tasting options, is to simply buy our coffee. When you purchase our coffee you are providing youth experiencing homelessness with employment opportunities. You are also providing yourself with some great tasting coffee. Win-win. Here are some other ways you can help:
Consider using GPC as your coffee vendor. Do you attend a church whose Sunday morning coffee could use some improvement? Do you work at a co-op or restaurant that would support our mission? Know someone having a wedding or throwing a party who wants a coffee cart? Let them know about us or offer to connect us. The more orders we get, the more employment we can offer. If you’re interested in booking our cart at an event you're holding, head to our contact page and send us a message.
You can now donate to us online via Propel Nonprofits. Head over to our donation page and remember all donations are tax-deductible! Your donations go towards purchasing equipment and space, providing job training and paying our youth employees. A $100 donation pays a youth employee for a full day of work.
Spread the word. Donations are helpful but social capital is very important too. The bigger network of supporters we can build the better! There are many ways to do this, including sharing about us on social media, talking about us with your communities or reaching out to become a brand ambassador.
That’s all for now. We can’t thank you enough for being on this journey with us. Until next month!