We are a family who wanted to solve a problem.
Coming from a large family with eight children, taught me to earn what you want; and value it once accomplished. For me, that was being able to afford braces at age 19. After 4 years of paying for my smile, I wanted to keep my smile-investment in tip-top shape. So, as my love for coffee grew, I started using straws to protect my teeth from stains. It seemed simple and logical enough.
One day my simple solution came to a screeching halt as I (finally) paid attention to what was clearly written on a straw wrapper: “not for use in hot beverages” (!) I was stunned. There is a reason when a simple straw has a usage warning. (bpa, lead, and other things I shouldn’t need to worry about when enjoying my coffee). I tried a metal straw but I kept thinking I’m going to chip my teeth while trying to avoid staining them! Not to mention the metal tasting coffee & the heat traveling up the straw feels like you’re burning your lips. That was a short-lived solution. I took notice to others and their similar use of plastic straws in their hot coffee. I wasn’t alone wanting to prevent stains. And it seems others also didn’t read the wrapper to understand what the trade-off could be when using plastic in a hot beverage.
I searched for ‘the alternative’; a non-toxic product that met the reason why so many people use straws (soft, flexible, & passes the front teeth). I landed on needing a silicone straw. Silicone is known to tolerate extreme cold and hot temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Currently, silicone straws are marketed towards frozen drinks. That said, these silicone straws on the market are usually quite larger in diameter than an average straw. With milkshake-sized silicone straws, I was flooding my mouth with coffee; and defeating the purpose of the straw. I also couldn’t fit them in my travel cup lid.
I needed a coffee straw! I got to work with my son Joey and my nephew Charlie designing a 100% silicone straw that would meet my growing checklist of the perfect hot liquid straw. 3 years later and we're thriving as a business.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU To my first born son, who became my first business partner:
If someone would’ve said to me, hey – this little genius boy who loved to chat from the moment he could speak would grow up to be this amazing young man, full of energy, full of goodness & generosity… I would have said OF COURSE! NO DOUBT!!! That’s Joey. Engaging, awesome, fun, smiling, sweet, and makes me proud every time I see him!!!!!
If they would’ve said to me, hey – this genius boy will someday work with his cousin and you on an idea that you thought of for YEARS and were completely stalled on bringing to life. I would have said WHAT?! (lol)
And yet here we are. I’m still saying “WHAT”!!!! I’m still speechless. So I thought I'd update our About Us page to thank him.... as we start our 4th year of KoffieStraw
Joey, THE GIFT of your talents, time, and heart that you eagerly gave (and continue to give to KoffieStraw and your momma) cannot be repaid. The gift is priceless. The partnership is permanent! Even as you go on to your Law career in the real-world, please know how forever grateful and amazed I am at YOU. Thanks to you, we now have a PATENT on our unique straw; and you've even reworked our packaging to be home-compostable! May your talents continue to take you further than KoffieStraw.
KoffieStraw fits travel cups, gives freedom to our friends in the disabled community & has received accolades from dentists for keeping your pearlies white. A proud family product indeed.
Introducing Koffie Straw! Your stylish secret weapon to enjoy your coffee & love your smile and cut our planet a break (it's reusable, and can be burned into biodegradable ash after years of use!).
Our business is growing quickly, but we still make every effort to personally respond to your questions. So if you have something you want to ask, just ask! If you are a coffee lover, then we consider you part of our family.
NY Mag #1 Pick: http://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-reusable-straws.html
Koffie Straw at Pennsylvania Women's Conference with QVC http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2015/11/20/pa-conference-women-qvc-shark-tank.html