“I connect people with an awesome cup of coffee.” That’s how Michelle Phillips-Nystrom, co-founder of Clearwater County Coffee Company aptly describes her business.
This lovely boutique coffee wholesale and retail business is located in a quaint hamlet in the Province of Alberta.
Michelle and her husband Mark Nystrom established the business two years ago, in order for her to be independent from the grinding 9-5 work schedule, be her own boss, and create a sustainable source of income for their family.
Michelle has a great passion for coffee and for sharing coffee culture with people and telling them all about the multifaceted aspects of what it takes to make a great cup of coffee. In fact, her passion for coffee drove her to travel around the province, before covid-19 disrupted our lives, and visit different markets to display and sell her gourmet coffee while telling people the fascinating stories of coffee life, the many different tastes of coffee, and the various strengths and boldness of great coffee.
With covid-19 going on full force, Michelle and Mark resorted to promoting and selling their gourmet coffee online as ecommerce retail to individual consumers, in addition to selling it wholesale to few coffee shops and boutique gift shops.
They also offer their quality gourmet coffees to help with community causes through fundraisers and special events, as well as a private label wholesaler to businesses that would like to give out the coffee under their own branding as corporate promotional gifts, A.K.A SWAG.
For Michelle this is not just another business, this is a family legacy. A legacy that she would love to hand over to her children one day. This is a proud family run business of premium quality coffees offered in competitive prices, and provided with great customer service.
One day in the near future, Michelle is aspiring to open an eclectic little coffee shop where you can go and enjoy the atmosphere while sipping a great cup of premium quality, tantalizingly tasting hot coffee, and while the fantastic smell of great coffee being roasted in house.
Michelle’s sage advice to fellow small business owners: “Just keep going. Sometimes it's a little tough, sometimes you can't see your next step. it's easier to change direction for a ship that's in motion than it is to get it started. And, hang out with people who are successful and now how to build a successful business.”
Clearwater County Coffee Company is always open for a ‘virtual cup of coffee’, so go and try out their premium coffee today.
Courtesy of Alberta Chambers of Commerce