Breaking Beans Coffee & Market is already a hit

Craig Lamb and his friends were the inspiration behind Breaking Beans Coffee & Market. (WNWO)

TEMPERANCE, Michigan (WNWO) - About a month ago, a Michigan mother and her son opened up a new business in Temperance. Already, Breaking Beans Coffee & Market is a hit.

“I would have to say hundreds of pounds," said Tammy Lamb, owner of the shop. "It seems like I’m ordering 100 pounds every week."

Breaking Beans is a bit different, the market is staffed with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The idea started when Lamb and her son Craig, who has down syndrome, realized they were pretty good at making coffee.

“We started to sell to friends and family… it went crazy,” said Lamb. “To where we had to go get a wholesaler license.”

Breaking Beans is a part of the Breaking Barriers Foundation. Lamb started the nonprofit to help assist adults with developmental disabilities.

“We’re just providing opportunities to those adults with disabilities,” said Lamb.

Craig told his mom he wanted a spot where he and his friends could work.

“This is the social club for all of them, they love to be social,” said Lamb.

Craig and the crew have become pros at making the perfect cup of coffee. They measure out the beans, grind them up, and bag them to go. Or, they can whip you up one of the 15 flavors in the shop.

"Here they can come in, skill build, train, and go seek out employment elsewhere,” said Lamb.

It's not just the friendly atmosphere that makes the spot different, and it’s not just Craig and his friends!

“Our beans are air roasted versus drum roasted," said Lamb. "So, less acidity and less bitterness to the coffee."

The store also has clothes, candles, wall hangings, and many other products made by people with disabilities.

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