Stephanie Yant has wanted to own her own business since she was 17. She met her husband, Jordan, nearly 10 years ago while both of them were working at the Avon Chick-Fil-A. Fast forward to this past Memorial Day weekend, the couple opened Cabin Coffee Company, giving their tale a happy ever after.
Cabin Coffee is an upscale coffee shop and roastery that also boasts freshly made food. Its menu includes breakfast all day, such as bagels, biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, and burritos. It also serves soups and sandwiches for lunch. Beverages include fresh-brewed coffee and tea (hot and iced), Italian sodas, and smoothies.
It’s known for its signature white coffee, a special kind of coffee that runs through the espresso machine. It has the most caffeine, and the most mystery, out of all the drinks on the menu.
“We don’t even know the recipe,” Stephanie says. “None of the franchisees know. It’s very secret and specific to Cabin Coffee.”
She says many non-coffee drinkers actually love the taste because it has a sweet, nutty flavor. Cabin Coffee offers two handcrafted versions of it — the palomino and the tumbleweed.
Stephanie says that a lot of her business skills originate from her and Jordan’s time at Chick-Fil-A. She fell in love with the fast pace, the people, and the warm, family-oriented service. She became general manager and did a lot of marketing in her eight-year stint there, even serving a marketing internship at corporate, learning under Dan Cathy.
“A lot of our culture comes from there,” Stephanie says of her experience. “We had been looking at a couple different franchises, and Cabin Coffee was a perfect fit. They loved us for our operations backgrounds, and we loved them for their company culture.”
After living several places around the U.S., Stephanie and Jordan wanted to move back to the west side of Indianapolis and open a franchise of some sort — they just didn’t know what, yet.
While on an anniversary trip to Breckenridge, Colorado, they were in search of warm drinks and food after a snowshoeing trip. They stumbled upon a Cabin Coffee Company and were enamored with their experience, from the delicious coffee to the warm, friendly service. They especially loved the signature white coffee.
“We went home and raved about it,” Stephanie says. She and Jordan filled out the application to own a franchise that day, received a call from the owner the next day, and two weeks later drove out to Iowa for an interview.
“We just knew there was a need for a place like this in Avon,” Jordan says. “The culture of Cabin Coffee matches what people are looking for here.”
The store itself is located in what used to be Ritter’s Frozen Custard. The Yant’s expanded it to more than double its original square footage. It is spacious and homey, almost like an overgrown living room.
The decor includes oversized seats, a fireplace, windows looking out over U.S. Highway 36, and even a Kids’ Corral, a small corner with toys. All decor on the walls can be purchased, and Cabin Coffee will simply replace it.
The two highlights of their store, Jordan says, are their roasting room and their meeting room.
The roasting room can be seen from the lobby and houses their roaster and their cases of ready-to-roast beans. Cabin Coffee has bean accounts for businesses and delivers fresh-roasted beans on a weekly or biweekly schedule.
“Fresh roasted is just better,” Jordan says. “We’ll periodically do Coffee 101 classes and explain why. There are so many benefits to it and a better taste.”
Their meeting room is offset and can be private with space for 30 people and a 65-inch TV that can be hooked up for presentations. The room can be reserved, free of charge.
“This isn’t just about us making money,” Jordan said. “We want to serve people. We want people to come in and have life-changing conversations right here on the couch. We want people to try our product that’s different and fresh, and we want them to feel like they’re at home.”
They have already started getting involved in the community by becoming members of the Avon Chamber of Commerce, with plans to join the Danville Chamber as well
“When a customer walks through those doors, you don’t know what’s going on in their lives,” Stephanie said. “They could be getting married next weekend or going through a divorce. We want to be able to be that light for people, even if just for a few minutes, no matter what they’re going through in life.”
And if that wasn’t enough, their patio is canine-friendly, with good spacing between hitching posts so dogs have enough room to enjoy themselves as well as their owners.
Cabin Coffee Company is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are closed on Sundays. It’s located at 5530 E. U.S. Highway 36 in Avon. For more information, visit them at cabincoffeecompany.com.