In 2002, founder and owner Karen Ross, took her obsession with coffee to a whole ‘nother level by opening her own little coffee shop, Zanzabar Coffee and Espresso Bar on W. 25th St. across from the Westside Market. That small coffee shop made a name for itself and built a loyal following for its mocha “toddy”. Sadly, the shop only lasted a year but that dream of owning a coffee shop never died.
Fast forward (really, let’s fast forward) to 2016. That dream is coming back into focus but now everyone’s talking about COLD BREW COFFEE. After figuring out it’s the same process as her beloved mocha toddy, Karen decides to give it another try. She was inspired to start her business after watching the Cavaliers come from behind 3-1 to win the 2016 NBA Championship. Says Ms. Ross, “As I’m witnessing our team fight its way from a 3-1 deficit to tie the series, I said to myself if they win, I’ll do it!”
So, in 2017 she started making and bottling her own unique blend of cold brew coffee. What is cold brew coffee? It’s simply a process of brewing coffee without heat that produces a slightly sweet, less acidic coffee with lots of caffeine! She began selling bottles of cold brew coffee at local farmers’ markets and events like Laurel Live, and as the brand’s popularity grew, customers kept asking, “Where else can we buy this, it’s so good!”
In 2019 Karen got an opportunity to open a full-service coffee shop in Glenville as part of Mayor Frank Jackson’s Neighborhood Transformation Retail Incubator program, which was a dream come true! The coffee shop has always been a cornerstone of any community. At Cleveland Cold Brew Coffee & Cafe, we are your neighborhood coffee shop, offering a full lineup of coffee drinks from lattes and caramel macchiatos to Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, breakfast sandwiches, salads, grilled paninis, and desserts.
Our vision is to Empower our community with jobs, Encourage others with our example of minority and female entrepreneurship, and Embrace everyone – all are welcome!
We know we’re one more brand with the name “Cleveland” in it, but to us that name, this city, proves that dreams do come true, and nothing is impossible…with a little COLD BREW!