In 2015, 1951 Coffee Company burst onto the cafe scene with its barista training program for refugees, but it is now facing tough times.
As many businesses struggle with closures and changing public health guidelines, 1951 Coffee Company is no exception. The cafe’s three locations have been reopening gradually. The College Avenue location reopened May 20, and the one on Channing Way — the company’s first location — reopened July 15. The Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union location, however, is still closed, as students are not on campus.
According to co-founder and CEO Doug Hewitt, business is down by about 80%.