Favourite local achiever
1. Jordan Cayer
2. Adam Fuhr
3. A massive tie
Favourite new independent business
1. Never Better Coffee
2. House of Wonders Recording
3. Kilter Brewing Co.
When asked what he would consider his greatest achievement of 2020, Jordan Cayer, voted as Winnipeg’s favourite local achiever under 30, said co-founding Never Better Coffee was by far the most remarkable.
As it happens, the specialty online coffee shop also took the cake in this year’s Uniter 30 as Winnipeg’s favourite new local business.
Earlier this year, Cayer founded Never Better Coffee with his business partner, Adam Kozuska. Having both worked in the same café before the COVID-19 pandemic started, Cayer and Kozuska wanted to find a way to stay connected to Winnipeg’s coffee community.
“When things closed down, it became pretty obvious that we weren’t going to be able to make coffee in the same capacity that we were (previously able to),” Cayer says.
Having talked about going into business with each other beforehand, he says COVID-19 allowed them to start from scratch and look at different ways to share their passion for coffee with the community.
“It’s really Adam and I doing it together. I wouldn’t be running this business without my business partner,” Cayer says.
Now, the duo hand-delivers specialty coffee to Winnipeg doorsteps every week. They also offer a subscription service, where Cayer and Kozuska curate a personalized selection of coffee beans for caffeine fiends across the city.
Cayer says the response from the community has been positively overwhelming.
“It’s been really cool to see how much support people have put behind local businesses,” he says. “You can really tell that people are looking to help small businesses and new businesses like ours get through this really weird time.”
While some of Cayer’s other projects as a musician have been put on hold due to the cancellation of live shows, he says he and Kozuska look forward to making Never Better a different presence in Winnipeg’s specialty coffee scene.
Published in Volume 75, Number 12 of The Uniter (December 2, 2020)