Veteran-owned coffee stand brews up business amid pandemic

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HANFORD — Getting a good cup of joe during a pandemic is hard, running a new business during one is even harder, but one local bike-powered coffee shop is providing caffeine and thriving.Down Range Coffee, run by Shawn and Seanaci Burks out of Lemoore, is celebrating its first year in business on Oct. 19, and the couple said with adjustments to the business model, it’s “never been as alive as it is now.”Shawn said after pitching a number of million-dollar ideas to Seanaci, she agreed that a mobile, specialty coffee cart that also sold home-made baked goods was a good business. After the singular coffee shop in downtown Lemoore closed, the only coffee in town was provided by big chains, said Allen Fortune, Down Range Coffee’s marketing specialist and customer.“Our mission from the get-go was ‘create something better than Starbucks,’ especially the drive-thru in Lemoore because everybody gripes about it,” Shawn said. “Honestly, the coffee flavor sets us apart from all the other places, it’s very fresh.”The cart features freshly and locally roasted coffee and home-baked goods by Seanaci that are made with as many local and organic ingredients as possible, the Burks said.Before …

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