My college athletic career empowered me to pursue my NFL Dream. I was blessed and fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play for the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots. I was really happy and proud of myself for achieving my lifelong goal. However, into my second year of professional football, something started to come over me. One day at practice, I asked myself, “Is this all that you have to offer the world, Floyd?” I pondered for days about what to do, and into my second season, I made the decision that I would hang up the cleats and focus my energy elsewhere. At that time I had no clue what I was giving up my first dream for; I just knew God was telling me to do more.
Shortly after, I started training and mentoring youth and felt that I was somewhat of a role model to them. During that time, I picked up part-time work with a buddy who was managing a local coffee shop. I would stay late to help him out, and I had the chance to learn the shop equipment and prepare drinks. I saw what it would be like to have customers to serve at my own coffee shop. That feeling of serving a customer a quality product, and especially creating that relationship with them, was a feeling that I could not get rid of. It made me see the higher purpose of bringing a smile to brighten someone’s day. People often say that the smaller things in life are the things that are most important, and I could see that through my experience.
From there, I was driven to create a coffee brand with outstanding customer service and selfless employees. My mission is not just to sell coffee, but to create relationships, while providing a product I am extremely proud of.
“Creativity is being able to see what everybody else has seen and think what nobody else has thought so that you can do what nobody else has done.”