Wildflyer Coffee is a Minneapolis-based coffee shop that serves to aid youth experiencing homelessness a chance to make a change to their lives via a jobs training programing in the coffee sector. Started by Sprudge Twenty alum Carley Kammerer in 2017, back when Wildflyer was only a coffee cart, the company has been offering an avenue to employment via their nine-month, paid Youth Development Academy to individuals who may struggle to find work otherwise. And now, Wildflyer is looking to double their reach with a second cafe, this time in St. Paul, and they are seeking funds via Indiegogo now!
Per the crowdfunding page, the second cafe would allow Wildflyer to hire on an additional 30 individuals via their program. For their St. Paul cafe, they have teamed up with RS Eden to take over a coffee shop inside the community organization’s housing unit. The build-out is expected to cost around $175,000, but luckily the company has already secured $150,000 of that thanks to “the generosity of private donors and foundations.” They just need help getting the last $25,000 to cross the finish line.
And what better way to help reach their goal than with a throwdown, during the same time as the US Latte Art Championship preliminary event at that! On October 21st, Wildflyer is teaming up with Spyhouse Coffee to kick off the prelim weekend with a good old fashioned latte art throwdown. Starting at 6:00pm, the $10 entry fee for the event will go entirely to helping Wildflyer reach their crowdfunding goal.
And for the rest of the world unable to attend the throwdown but still looking to help, hop on over to the Wildflyer Coffee Indiegogo page and donate. If you aren’t able to give, consider sharing the campaign with your social networks. For more information, visit the Wildflyer Coffee Indiegogo page.
Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.