Local Business Success Story – Rampage Coffee

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Coffee, Mmmm… that delicious, warm, fragrant, bean juice that wakes us up in the morning and keeps us going throughout the day. Many people would not expect to find locally roasted coffee in Saskatchewan, however, look no further than Rampage Coffee Company who is leading the industry of micro batch coffee. What’s even better, it is roasted locally here in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan! I’m sure you are very curious about this successful coffee roasting company, so let’s find out more about how Rampage got started, who they are, their coffee, and the success they have experienced since starting up in December, 2018.

How They Started

Dustin and Lauren Blanchard, the owners of Rampage Coffee, were tired of the same old stale coffee they were drinking. Dustin, who was already the owner/operator of another business with many projects on the go, found that he had a hard time keeping himself alert and fueled throughout his busy days. In search of a strong, smooth coffee that was healthy and would give them an extra energy boost, the extremely busy entrepreneurs and new parents decided to start their roasting journey from their home in Martensville, SK. With months of research and development, followed by tasting hundreds of cups of coffee, they were able to create the perfect blend they had been looking for. They discovered the key to their perfect blend was micro batch roasting specific varieties to blend together – which is how the Rampage Coffee brand came to be!

In January 2019, with the perfect blend roasted, Lauren and Dustin began their soft launch by handing out 100 bags of coffee for free and asking consumers to simply like and share on social media. Using social platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest, Dustin and Lauren then began to seriously advertise in March of 2019.

About Rampage Coffee

Rampage Coffee Co. is a locally owned business operating out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Lauren and Dustin originally started Rampage Coffee as an online based, E-commerce coffee business where consumers would order their coffee online, have it freshly roasted locally here in Saskatchewan, then shipped anywhere within Canada and the USA. Now Rampage Coffee Co. has an official location located on Millar Avenue in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, along with many retail wholesalers that are selling their delicious, locally roasted coffee. Oh, and by “freshly roasted”, they really do mean freshly roasted. Rampage does roast-to-order, meaning only once they receive the order do, they roast the beans to ensure they ship it fresh!

Their Products

Currently Rampage Coffee Co. has 4 different signature coffee blends along with merchandise, and also offer different bundles. Their sampler pack, which includes a sample size of all 4 coffee blends is a fantastic way to try all 4 of their strong yet smooth blends. Here is the description they give for their signature blends:

    • RIOT – Medium Roast

In our RIOT blend you will find premium coffee beans sourced from South America that are medium roasted. You can expect mellow acidity and a strong caramel sweetness with a nutty undertone. This coffee is roasted to perfection in Saskatoon SK.

    • CODE BLK – Dark Roast

In our CODE BLK blend you will find premium coffee beans sourced from Central America. It’s dark roasted to create intense flavor with a toasty, nutty, low acid and bittersweet chocolate after tastes. This coffee is roasted to perfection in Saskatoon SK.

    • C-4 – Smooth Extreme Caffeine Blend

In our C – 4 blend you will find premium Central American and South Asian coffee beans specifically blended in a way that will punch you out of your morning slippers. Be careful with this blend as it is our highest caffeine blend and it has been known to start wild, out of control RAMPAGES! This coffee is roasted to perfection in Saskatoon SK.

    • IGNITION – Premium Espresso Blend

In our IGNITION blend you will find premium Central American, South American and South Asian coffee beans specifically blended for espresso. Ignite your day with this ‘must have’ crema rich blend. Add it to your arsenal of beans because it is so delicious that there’s no doubt it’s a lethal weapon! This coffee is roasted to perfection in Saskatoon SK.

Success

Dustin and Lauren have worked extremely hard together over the last couple years, and it has definitely shown that those 12-hour days paid off! With perseverance and some hard work, here are some of the success points they have achieved:

The Beginning

    • December 2018 – did a giveaway of 100 samples to the first 100 people that commented on their social media posts. First samples were sent out!
    • The following first few months of 2019 they had their first sales. Lauren and Dustin were very excited to see people purchasing and enjoying their coffee.

Success

Dustin and Lauren have worked extremely hard together over the last couple years, and it has definitely shown that those 12-hour days paid off! With perseverance and some hard work, here are some of the success points they have achieved:

The Beginning

    • December 2018 – did a giveaway of 100 samples to the first 100 people that commented on their social media posts. First samples were sent out!
    • The following first few months of 2019 they had their first sales. Lauren and Dustin were very excited to see people purchasing and enjoying their coffee

Packaging

    • They used to label each of their bags, which became quite time consuming
    • Once Rampage achieved enough growth, they were able to switch over to printed packaging. Lauren and Dustin consider it a big milestone to reach the point of having their own printed packaging!

Employees

    • In the beginning Dustin and Lauren did everything themselves from packaging the coffee, to marketing, and administrative work – which meant 12+ hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Once this became too much and they were burning out they took the leap to hire employees, and it was well worth the investment

Growth

    • In the first 2 years of business Rampage has grown 25%

Rampaging Success

Clearly Dustin and Lauren have been greatly using their fresh brewed energy towards their rampaging success! In just 2 years they have gone from handing out free bags of coffee asking for social media promotions, to roasting and operating out of an official location in Saskatoon, SK! As Lauren says: “It’s been a crazy experience to see where this business started and where we are now!” In their search of a healthy, strong and smooth coffee Rampage Coffee Co. has shown us if you want to get the job done right you may have to do it yourself. In that job they have succeeded, creating delicious micro batch coffee blends that are helping people stay energized throughout their day all around Canada and the US.

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