Help Rebuild Small Coffee!

$1,823 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 26 months
Andru Greenwood
on behalf of Richard Greenwood

We are devastated to announce that our six week old business Small Coffee Big Taste, a two year concept that took us seven months to build, went up in flames on Cinco De Mayo day. We are so extremely happy that no one was hurt and we hope that from the ashes, we can rebuild our family business again. We invested everything into this family business, built it ourselves, deigned our website and logo, worked 84 hours every week, cashed in two IRA's - there is no plan B. Even my grandparents believed so much in us that they invested some of their life savings into our business. We normally ask nothing from anyone because we take care of ourselves, however - in this time of need, we are asking for your support to help us rebuild our business.

This was, and still is a family dream, everyone has worked day and night for this to be a reality and just at that moment when our business was starting to become something special - it was destroyed.

While our business was up and running, we served arguably the best cup of coffee in the nation - seriously.

We sourced espresso beans from local Baton Rouge, LA coffee roaster Cafeciteaux that was considered "Specialty Level" with a cupping value above 80+.

Most coffee shops do not do that.

Me and my father trained for two years to perfect the art of making espresso drinks and become experts - we even discovered some secrets that helped to make our coffee superb.

Most Barista know next to nothing about coffee.

Before we entered into our adventure with coffee, me and my family did a lot of traveling over the course of 5 years.

Out of 36 States, Canada and the UK, I threw away nearly 500 cups of espresso based coffee drinks because of how bad they were.

We found approx. 10 good cups of coffee at smaller cafes here and there in that time period, which only accounts for just 2%.

The whole reason we started this business was because the majority of coffee shops in America has been and still is sub-standard.

Unfriendly, lack of knowledge, poor hygiene, low quality.

Anyone who visited our trailer or spoke with us can tell you how clean, professional, friendly and knowledge able we are about our craft.

When you donate to help rebuild Small Coffee, you're not just helping "Some coffee shop" - You're helping to rebuild what might possibly become the greatest coffee establishment in the nation - Right here in Baton Rouge.

Hundreds of people have told us how much they love our coffee - those that lived in Italy have said we are the only coffee shop to ever serve a cappuccino that tasted just like they had in Europe.

Our vision with Small Coffee was never just to serve coffee out of trailer, but to use that trailer as a means to expand and grow to provide the absolute best coffee experience everywhere!

If you are disappointed with poor quality coffee shops and want to drink a latte worth paying for, this is your opportunity to make a difference.

Our Initial 3D design

A couple months into the conversion

Two and one half months

Five months

Six weeks after opening

Six months into conversion

Six weeks after opening

The most devistating thing about all of this is that we were only six weeks old.

Whenever you start a new business, you never earn anything until you pay yourself back. We haven't even begun to see profit, we had to put it back into the business and pay bill just to survive. 

This trailer was our ONLY source of income - working towards a stand alone location.

Now we have nothing but a burned truck and trailer.

The very ship we built to stay afloat had an engine fire, sunk into the ocean and here we are clinging on to a piece of drift wood asking for a lifeboat.

We have truck insurance and partial insurance on the trailer, but there is absolutely no way that it will cover even 1/4 of our losses. As with most budding businesses, our primary concern was liability insurance and the risk of loss of contents in an espresso trailer (no cooking - thus no grease fires possible) is extremely LOW! We never dreamed anything so devastating could wipe out our entire inventory and appliances! Our concession trailer was amazing - we have incredibly happy memories in there! To loose so much so quick is mind boggling to say the least. It took us all of our resources; months to get the trailer to where it was - and will take us many more to reestablish. We need all the help we can get and we will truly cherish your much needed support!

You can also help out by donating restaurant equipment, coffee supplies, refrigeration, 10kw generator, food trailer, tools - whatever you think will help - even volunteer work! We need all the hands we can get!

Thank you to everyone who has already shown their support by donating. We greatly appreciate you, will never forget your kindness and hope to one day give back to our community and pay it forward!

-The Greenwoods






Small Coffee is a Baton Rouge, LA based business that's dedicated to providing the best possible coffee with beans of a cupping value above +80!

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Thank you to all that have shown their support by donating!! We have located a replacement espresso machine and grinder and will use the donations to put towards the cost to purchase. We will share pictures when we pickup the equipment and thank you all again for your wonderful support! We love you!! <3
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Happy late Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers in the world, and especially the abundance of incredible mothers (and ladies) in Baton Rouge!  Your warmth and love can thaw the biggest iceberg, and your cooking can tame the wildest beast. It’s been ten days since Small Coffee Big Taste went up in flames - I thought I’d never understand why.  Maybe I still don’t know, but one thing is for sure - the tremendous outpouring of love my family has felt from the children, ladies, and men of Baton Rouge has changed our lives forever.  There is LOVE in this world.  No matter how much negativity we all hear about from news, social media, and word of mouth; I know first hand that there’s way more good than bad!  Small Coffee is up and running again - we went from Small to Tiny, but - we’re steadily making our way back.  Mothers Day was the first day we’ve had off since the fire.  I wish I could personally thank each and every one of you - write every name in this update - but, there’s too many to list!  I’m overwhelmed and so incredibly thankful to be surrounded by such a superhuman community of warm, loving, talented individuals.  From sweet little Camille and her never-ending love of our hot chocolate to Jeff (“Mr. Cappuccino”) downtown - we love each and everyone in between.  We remember your orders because you’re part of us - we are all Baton Rouge!  Inspired by the love of our Baton Rouge community, Saturday night - I wrote a song after nine long months of concentrating exclusively on Small Coffee.  It's not by any means finished yet, but Brae & Mom insist I share with you - how your outpouring of love has inspired me! Happy Monday - and remember - you are loved!!
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As some of you might already know, we successfully completed the construction of our coffee cart and was able to attend Hot Art, Cool Nights on May 12th. We want to thank everyone who attended to show their support and let you all know that we are still working to get back on the road. Hope to serve you coffee at our next event at the Women's Clinic off Airline this Wednesday very soon!
Father and Son of Small Coffee at event.
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We just added some reward levels! For those who already donated please send your address so we can send you your rewards or let us know if you will be at Hot Art, Cool Nights on May12th!
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$1,823 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 26 months
Created May 5, 2017
Bronze Level
1 x 16oz Latte Drink Voucher 1 x Sexy Tipper Sticker Handwritten Letter
Silver Level
2 x 16oz Drink Vouchers 1 x Sexy Tipper Sticker Handwritten Letter
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1 x (Tell Size) Choose Either: Small Coffee Logo or My Favorite Coffee Trailer Burned And All I Got Was This Stupid Shirt + 1 x Drink Voucher & Sticker
Silver Level 2
Same As Silver Level: + 1 x 16oz Drink Voucher + 1 x 12oz Bag of Cafeciteaux Coffee Handwritten Letter
Gold Level
2 x 16oz Drink Vouchers 1 x 12oz Bag of Cafeciteaux Coffee 2 x Sexy Tipper Stickers Handwritten Letter
Platinum Level
4 x 16oz Drink Vouchers 1 x 12oz Bag Cafeciteaux Coffee 4 x Sexy Tipper Stickers Handwritten Letter
Sponsor Level 1
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8 x 16oz Drink Vouchers 2 x 12oz Bag Cafeciteaux Coffee 4 x Sexy Tipper Stickers 1 x Small Coffee T-Shirt Shout Out on Facebook Page Handwritten Letter
Sponsor Level 2
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10 x 16oz Drink Vouchers 2 x Bags Cafeciteaux Coffee 4 x Sexy Tipper Stickers 1 x Small Coffee T-Shirt - Tell Size Social Media Mention - Handwritten Letter
Sponsor Level 3
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Same Rewards as Level 2: + 1 x Small Coffee T-Shirt - Tell Size Private Coffee Event for 10 Guests Small Coffee Bumper Sticker Sponsor Badge on Website
Sponsor Level 4
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Same Rewards as Level 2 & 3: Private Coffee Event for up to 50 Guest
Elite Sponsor
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Same Rewards as Level 2, 3 and 4: Private Coffee Event up to 100 Guests + 2 x Small Coffee T-Shirts Original Painting of Marylin Monroe by Ryc Greenwood
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Denise Brasseaux
22 months ago
Theresa Nguyen
25 months ago
Brandi Catoire
25 months ago

We wish you much joy in your family business and hope for a quick rebuild. Keep pushing forward and remember even durning the hard times, love what you do!

25 months ago
Stephen Bowling
25 months ago
Jeff G
25 months ago
Evelyn Fox
25 months ago

Your family has been an inspiration to me since the first day I met you. I feel like we are friends. My prayers to you each - don't get discouraged!

Beau Champion
25 months ago
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