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entrepreneur's corner

Benchwarmers Coffee & Doughnuts

www.benchwarmerscoffee.com

A Conversation
with
Adam Kenderdine
Ellen Albright, Greater Reading Chamber

Ethically sourced coffee, and handmade,
customized doughnuts appeal to most anyone with
a sense of taste or smell. In fact, every time I near the
Penn Avenue storefront, I have an overwhelming
craving for a latte or cold brew - not to mention
a glazed doughnut topped with whatever I choose
from sprinkles, to marshmallows, to blueberries!
The word is officially out, and having just opened
in 2016 - we can only imagine the great things in
store for Benchwarmers in the future. But to better
appreciate the present, let's learn a little bit about
the making of Benchwarmers...

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EA: Adam, throughout your process as a business owner, what
do you find unique about your specific line of work?

he Greater Reading Chamber celebrates the role of
entrepreneurs in our community each and every day. We
work with these business owners to provide counsel, deliver
solutions and expand their networks. But behind each of these
businesses lies an untold story of diligence, aspiration, and most
importantly - the story of the individuals responsible for creating
vibrancy and innovation in our region.

EA: Well, they're not just any doughnuts, that's for sure! And
your coffee has certainly saved more than a few of my early morning
meetings! What else might someone be surprised to know about
you or your business?

Benchwarmer's Coffee & Doughnuts was formally established
in 2016. However, long before that, Owner Adam Kenderdine
began his crusade for quality coffee in a world of overly-sweetened
kitschy beverages and bitter coffee that resided on a burner for most
of the day. For years, Adam had been roasting coffee as a hobby, and
from that grew his interest in making chocolate from bean-to-bar.
Next came the biggest step in his culinary journey - learning the
delicate art form of hand-made doughnuts; a skill that would play
into his business much more than he had ever imagined!

AK: Doughnuts were never part of the original plan. I only
learned how to make a doughnut the week before we opened. A fryer
was left behind from the previous business, so we took advantage of
it and dared to be different from every other coffee shop. The plan
was to make a few doughnuts each morning, and then serve other
pastries and desserts. Our customers came in for the doughnuts, so
much so, that we never had the time to make anything else. We are
a coffee roaster, but the market determined we were a doughnut
shop. We let the market guide us.

Get the full story below in the conversation below between
Commerce Quarterly and Adam Kenderdine, Owner - Benchwarmers
Coffee.

EA: Well, your secret is out now! But, that just goes to show that
your resiliency and adaptability as an entrepreneur has made you
successful! What are some other memorable moments you've had
as an entrepreneur?

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AK: I am continuously intrigued by how much a simple cup of
coffee and a doughnut can impact someone's day.


http://www.benchwarmerscoffee.com

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