breaking news

Clark County approves 2 percent raise for workers

Cedarville businessmen to pitch coffee product on “Shark Tank”


A pair of Cedarville businessmen believe they’ve developed a way to have the perfect water for brewing coffee and will get a chance to show off their product nationally when they appear on “Shark Tank” this weekend.

Charles Nick and Taylor Minor launched the start-up in October last year that will focus on a critical but sometimes overlooked part of the brewing process — the water. Their product, Third Wave Water, will be pitched to the investors on the show that airs on ABC at 9 p.m. Sunday. It allows customers to add a packet of minerals to distilled water, creating a cup of water that tastes the same every time.

MORE BUSINESS NEWS: Historic Springfield site faced demolition, now may be $17M apartments

Both have years of experience in the coffee business. Minor owns Telemetry Coffee, a small coffee shop in Cedarville. Nick owns The Wright Cup, a coffee subscription company.

“We were trying to solve a problem that really both of us were facing,” Nick said. “I was traveling a lot for work and picked up on an issue my customers were having. Every city I went to, the water made a difference in the flavor.”

Minor is such a coffee aficionado his shop includes a custom water system and a laboratory. He was already selling his own water to customers to take home to ensure his coffee tasted the same at their home as it did in his store.

READ MORE: Clark County youth sports complex could be part of $15B industry

Their solution was to develop a combination of minerals that can be added to a gallon of distilled water. The start-up sells a box of 12 packets for $15.

“There are coffee nerds that make water already at home from minerals,” Minor said. “Our question was whether we can make it into doses for one gallon, and can we make it water soluble and easily duplicable?”

MORE: Springfield aircraft repair company might expand in Kansas

The duo has tweaked their product since, and now sells the packets in all 50 states and about the same number of countries, Minor said.

The “Shark Tank” episode has already been taped. They’ve also explained their invention at an coffee trade show and got a good reaction. But Minor and Nick hope the television show gets their idea in front of a bigger audience to see how the general public reacts.

DETAILS: Navistar, Volkswagen team up to build electric truck

“We’re waiting to see after the show what people think,” Minor said. “What’s the narrative after the fact? Do we look like a bunch of country bumpkins with this silly product, or does it come across as really cool and people want to share it?”

The business is also developing other products, including a system to make water taste more uniform in coffee shops and a product to make already-brewed coffee less acidic.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Pastor: Community ‘in shock’ after news about Good Samaritan closing
Pastor: Community ‘in shock’ after news about Good Samaritan closing

Hours after Good Samaritan Hospital officials announced Wednesday that the facility will close later this year, reaction about the community impact has been wide ranging. "It's devastating news, I was shocked" said Daryl Ward, pastor of Omega Baptist Church in Dayton.  His church is just down the street from Good Samaritan Hospital,...
Job outlook is promising for Good Samaritan employees, official says
Job outlook is promising for Good Samaritan employees, official says

After Wednesday’s announcement that Good Samaritan Hospital will shut its doors for good at the end of the year, many in the Miami Valley are wondering what will happen to the facility’s 1,600 employees. The hospital’s parent company, Premier Health, said its goal is to offer jobs to all those employees at its other facilities in...
Good Samaritan closing: What will happen to other local hospitals?
Good Samaritan closing: What will happen to other local hospitals?

After officials announced Good Samaritan Hospital will close at the end of the year, many people are wondering: Is my preferred hospital going to close next? The short answer: no. While the hospital’s closure will impact at least 1,600 employees, Premier Health does not intend on closing any other facilities in the region any time soon,...
PUCO: Part of natural gas bills will fall slightly
PUCO: Part of natural gas bills will fall slightly

A component of Vectren natural gas bills will fall slightly after the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) accepted the results of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio’s auction for default natural gas service. The auction secured natural gas supply for Vectren’s customers from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, setting a retail price adjustment...
DHL jobs to be cut, but workers could land with new employer
DHL jobs to be cut, but workers could land with new employer

Freight giant DHL will permanently lay off 229 workers in Lima by March 12, the company has told Ohio government. The layoffs will happen at the company’s 635 N. Cool Road location in Allen County, the company said in a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. But a DHL Supply...
More Stories