David Baker is co-owner and head of operations for Methodical Coffee, which now has three locations in Greenville, South Carolina. “We opened our first location in downtown Greenville on February 11, 2015,” he says, “with pennies in the bank and a line out the door.” In 2016, they began roasting their own coffee and haven’t slowed down.
Baker’s interest in specialty coffees began when he was living in Prague, Czech Republic, for five years after college. With some investors, he started up and ran a high-end hostel that hosted the Czech National Barista Championships. “We knew we were moving back to the U.S., and I couldn’t shake the idea of opening a specialty coffee shop,” he says.
There were a few barriers. “My passion was for the end product,” he says, “but there are so many steps to take before opening. We all got a crash course on construction, licenses, taxes and other startup hurdles that slowed us down. Even today, we are very driven, but there isn’t always a clear path to get to the next steps, so we’re constantly figuring out how to get where we want to go.”
And where does he get his inspiration? “My friends, dating back to my days at Clemson. I was always so inspired by the dreams and pursuits of those around me. It made moving to Prague and starting multiple companies par for the course!”
Baker and his two business partners continue to build their company on their three essential pillars: exceptional product, customer service and experience. Methodical sources specialty grade coffees from coffee farms in Africa and Central and South America, and they sell beans to over 100 wholesale accounts and coffee shops across the country.