INI Sips

Company: INI Sips

Location: New Britain

Company/organization description

INI Sips is a community centered coffee & tea husband-and-wife ran business that is proudly veteran, & family owned. They offer several USDA Certified Organic coffees & over 25 different tea blends. INI Sips created a giving program when they closed their café to the public amidst the pandemic in March 2020. Their customers shared the word and they have proudly donated over 200 lbs. (and counting) of coffee to community heroes. INI Sips currently offers online ordering and local store pick up.

Tell us about the milestones your venture accomplished in 2020

INI Sips began with the mission of being a community-centered café within the New Britain community. Despite their café closing to the public due to COVID-19, they have now become a national go to brand for tea and coffee lovers alike. They have donated over 200 lbs. of coffee in the community & have been part of several national & international corporate giving packages & subscription boxes. Also, their coffee can now be found in 8 Big Y’s & 5 local family-owned businesses around CT.

Does your venture generate revenue or are you pre-revenue?

We HAVE generated revenue

What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources have helped you succeed?

The unique small business culture in Connecticut lends itself to meeting & networking with people that are dedicated to the success of small, locally owned businesses. INI Sips is proud to be the official coffee of West Hartford Coworking. We are also glad to have had the opportunity to network with the members of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, New Britain Downtown District, City of New Britain and the UConn EBV. INI Sips is also listed on the SHOPBLACKCT.COM directory.

Nominator Justification

Veteran and family-owned business in New Britain, they have premium organic, direct trade coffee and flavorful blends of loose leaf tea. This past year, they've been giving away bags to first responders and healthcare professionals and they've had significant growth into local stores - Big Y, Angelo's, Essential Health, others. Very involved in local community, particularly this year due to COVID. And building a popular (and tasty) business. Its their 2nd entrepreneurial venture

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