- BLUE SPARROW COFFEE -
We have always believed in doing the right thing whether it's providing a great product for a great value, sourcing products from reputable partners, providing benefits for our employees or paying them fairly. This page is dedicated to highlighting what's important to us and if we're doing good job at it or have room for improvement.
- UPDATED APRIL 10th 2020 -
COVID - 19
Before the City of Denver, or State of Colorado mandated closing of non essential businesses, on March 16th we made the decision to voluntarily close our doors during these trying times. We believe in the health of our staff and our community that we're a part of, and we decided this was the right decision for everyone. We love coffee, but we love our staff and our customers more. The government gave us the option to remain open, serving to go only, but we once again made the decision to remain closed for everyone's health.
Unemployment is rising at a rate our country has never seen--the food and beverage industry is one of the hardest hit with our POS provider sharing that overall sales are down over 85% and climbing. We have chosen to retain our entire staff of 32, and continue to pay them their average weekly pay during this time. We made that decision, and wrote checks before the government could even react with a stimulus plan.
Many of our friends and neighbors have been asking how they can help. You can show your support by purchasing a gift card now. Our sister company, Room for Milly is hosting virtual happy hours for you and your friends and accepting tips through Venmo. Mainspring_TipFund.
Most of our products we buy come from other local businesses who are hurting just as much. If you want to support them as well, you can purchase coffee online from our local coffee partner Sträva Craft Coffee.
The people of Denver have spoken, and as of January 1st 2022 the new tipped minimum wage will be $15.87 for hourly employees, and $12.85 for tipped employees. Before this was voted into law we asked our customers what they thought and 80% said they support $15 / hr. minimum wage. We then asked a follow up question asking what they would be willing to pay, 76% said they would pay .50 or more per drink in order to pay our baristas accordingly. We currently pay $10.55 / hr. or $2.47 more per hour than the tipped minimum wage along with tips that average much higher than the industry average.
This is what our customers, our neighbors, and our baristas want, and we don't see any reason to wait until 2022 to give them what they want. Effective January 1st 2020 we will be paying a minimum of $12.85 per hour plus tips for all of our hourly employees. In order to fund this while still maintaining a sustainable business we have increased our prices 11%. Some items have gone up as high as .75 with the majority being around .50 and a few select items not changing.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
We believe we have always done the best we could, and this is just the first step in building our company's transparency report. We're currently expanding on our annual transparency report that will outline issues that are important to us and how we're doing regardless of how it reflects on us, positively or negatively. Check back for future updates as transparency and doing the right thing will forever be an ongoing project