Our Story

Butler Coffee Lab was inspired by a simple desire to start the day with a good, flavor filled cup of coffee.  

Our journey started over a year ago with a conversation about the ways we could give back, at this stage of our lives, to the communities in need that surround us. We discovered a coffee shop in our area built to accommodate the talents and the desire for employment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  It’s a shop bursting with enthusiasm and people who are happy to be working. While the coffee shop is inspiring and successful, we decided to take BCL in a different direction – one that would not entail franchise fees, restaurant codes, or setting up another retail coffee shop in our area that would compete with existing local shops.

We returned to the idea of being able to provide good, flavorful, unique in-home brewed beverages.  Since past life experiences included making drink pods like those used in individual brewing machines – it seemed like a natural direction to create our own. After months of experimenting and coming up with unique suppliers, and a reinvention of the pod as a delivery system, we decided to start Butler Coffee Lab, a Pennsylvania non-profit Corporation. 

Today, we have true custom pods with unique flavors and additives built into the individual pod. For example, dark roast and espresso roast coffees with additives like non-dairy creamer, sugar, cinnamon, Carolina reaper pepper and turmeric.  Our experiments have wandered into teas, some with honey, peppermint, natural orange; hot chocolate with cinnamon, peppers, orange … and many more options that will be rolled out in our first year.

Our goal is to make the best quality single serve pods that we can, using the highest quality and sometimes, more expensive ingredients from trusted sources.

Now comes the best part – why did we choose pod making to start our business? Because…

  • It requires hand labor with minimal dexterity
  • We can employ a lot of people that need jobs
  • We can reinvent the way pods are used

We are hoping, by the end of year one, to employ over 75% of individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities including disabled veterans. – ALL Heroes in our book! Our profits, less typical expenses, will be donated back to the Hero communities that inspired us.

We’d love for you to try some pods to help support our mission. Your money will not be wasted, you have our promise. You will see our transparency as we continually add more information to our website, and as the business continues to prosper, we will add more offerings to keep our product line fresh. We can’t do it without you – we look forward to filling your first order and subsequent orders after you taste our recipes!

Thank you in advance for your kind support.

Butler Coffee Lab