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can save 30 minutes of commute time,
five days a week, for 50 weeks a year,
that adds up to 125 hours. That's the
equivalent of roughly three weeks of
full-time work per employee that
they feed. Not leaving for lunch
also helps employees reduce their
carbon footprint - with sustainability
front and center of many minds on
both a personal and corporate level
these days.
With selling fresh food, there's
always a concern about waste and
spoilage. Seventh Wave's philosophy is
that the better the food and the more
closely tailored it is to what customers
eat outside the workplace, the higher
the turns and the lower the spoilage.
Also, Seventh Wave's agreement with
the majority of the locations it serves
with fresh food is that the employer
absorbs the cost of all waste.
COFFEEHOUSE APPEAL
While the pandemic has certainly had
its impact on the number of employees
on site at many locations, a quality
coffee program is more important
than ever in the Atlanta market,
according to Saldaña. To reward those
who have returned to the office and
to entice back those who have not,
and recruit new ones, Seventh Wave is
finding many employers investing in
creating an experience that rivals the
local coffee house.
" Our mission is to create the
ideal coffee service space for each
Atlanta business partner we have, to
bring an oasis to the workplace that
will inspire and engage employees, "
Saldaña commented. " That means
that these break areas aren't massproduced,
but thoughtfully designed
to cultivate productivity and
community with advanced brewers
designed to create a cafe atmosphere
with specialty drink offerings. "
Seventh Wave can install any type
of solution, from Cafection bean-tocup
brewers, Starbucks, Newco and
cold brew coffee on tap, to an onsite
coffee bar with a high-quality espresso
machine complete with fresh milk.
Craft coffee is in high demand,
and there's no limit to the brands and
blends Seventh Wave can deliver.
Sustainability is also important to both
Seventh Wave Refreshments and many
of its customers.
" From bean to cup, we take pride
in partnering with coffee companies
that offer sustainability programs, "
Saldaña emphasized. " From livable
wages to less waste in landfills, our
partners are taking steps toward a
greener world with each sip of coffee. "
CLEAR CHOICE
Pure water is a vital component of
most workplace refreshment
programs, and whether it's a bottled
cooler or point-of-use filtration
service, Seventh Wave provides it.
Beyond the basics, Seventh Wave
offers Bevi and Lavit machines, which
allow users to add fruit flavors, sparkle
and sweetener to create a customized
drink. Many locations opt for these
machines both for the variety they
provide and because cups and bottles
can be refilled, which saves money and
cuts down on waste.
DREAM TEAM
To support Seventh Wave's rapid
growth, holding true to its
cofounders' employee-owned
commitment, the operators have
hired only family, friends and
friends of friends, none of whom
hailed from the industry. Their team
has grown to 30 strong.
" With everyone who has joined
us, they knew it was not just about
filling a machine or shelves, but to
do something real and big, " Saldaña
explained. " We have developed
amazing managers as passionate as
we are, and the customers have fallen
deeply in love with them. We can say
absolutely that our secret sauce to
our growth and success has been our
people in two-plus very short years. "
Saldaña also takes every opportunity
for her children, Lucas, 14; Jacob, 12;
and Yeselyn, 11, to do their part to
pitch in and feel personally connected
to Seventh Wave Refreshments and its
mission to deliver joy.
Additionally, she credits the longestablished
relationships the operators
had with suppliers, including Nestle,
Segafredo and Bevi that carried over
to their new venture, as being critical
to Seventh Wave's success.
Seventh Wave keeps the team spirit alive and joy at the heart of its own operation with
its monthly cookouts.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September-October 2022

Editor’s Note
Industry News
Recession? Choose not to participate and pour on the sales effort
State of the Office Coffee Service Industry Report
40 Under 40
Cold brew solutions in OCS
Bringing Joy to the Workplace
Classifieds
Social Hubs
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September-October 2022 - PCOV2
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September-October 2022 - 5
September-October 2022 - Editor’s Note
September-October 2022 - 7
September-October 2022 - Industry News
September-October 2022 - 9
September-October 2022 - Recession? Choose not to participate and pour on the sales effort
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September-October 2022 - 12
September-October 2022 - 13
September-October 2022 - 14
September-October 2022 - 15
September-October 2022 - State of the Office Coffee Service Industry Report
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