Active Duty Sailors Who Forgot They Had Jobs
Okay, maybe they didn't forget. Maybe, just maybe, they drank too much of their own coffee and had way too much energy for ONLY defending our nation. They just HAD to show off and also start a successful business! *insert spirit fingers*
Ubora LLC is a coffee roasting company owned by two active duty sailors, Andre Leon and Phillip Weisner. Not only do they roast excellent coffee, they also provide a full service espresso bar in their Augusta, GA location.
Leon had always wanted to do something with coffee. It wasn't until he went to Australia and saw their coffee scene that he endeavored to roast, serve, and present coffee the same coveted way someone would treat wine or Scotch.
When asked about their successes, Leon points to their passion and the strong team they have assembled. They employ other veterans, and together their military backgrounds lend to flexibility and adaptability; two essential qualities needed in this time of COVID-19. Ubora's diverse and passionate team also enjoys a culture of creativity and ownership.
Under Leon and Weisner's leadership, their outstanding business was voted the #1 coffee roastery and shop in Augusta, GA! Ubora has also had the privilege of participating in fundraisers to benefit Alzheimer's and Cancer research.
Of course, becoming a competitive coffee roaster is not all sunshine and rainbows. Leon says their support system has consisted of the family and friends who believed in their vision. "Always have a plan Z," he says. "A lot of times Plan A through Plan Y simply don't work." Leon also shares that aspiring business owners should understand the importance of the commercial landlord-tenant relationship. Ubora understands from experience.
Currently, Ubora is collaborating with other businesses in the Augusta, GA area to help drive the economy. This may include shared spaces, giveaways, blood drives, and supporting community events.
Beyond Augusta, Ubora is open and excited to collaborate with complementary companies on online sales or bundles, such as their inclusion in Gifting With Valor's most recent gift boxes.
To see success like Ubora's, Leon says to "follow your dreams and passions." Do your research but don't suffer from analysis paralysis. You will never have all the information, but you will be able to face every day with the opportunity to improve.
Edited to add *** Walter Dyer is a former Owner/ Operator of Ubora Coffee LLC. According to Ubora Coffee LLC. he is currently an investor.