Montreal, Quebec-based roasting and retail company Dispatch Coffee has raised $1.26 million (approximately $960,000 USD) in seed funding to support growth plans throughout Canada.
Founded by Chrissy Durcak in 2012, Dispatch began as a bike delivery service for cold brew, then rolled out a coffee truck before opening a roastery in 2014, followed by two other brick-and-mortar cafes in Montreal.
With those mobile roots and a mission to bring sustainably sourced coffee to more consumers, the Dispatch brand has been consistently inspired by the transportation industry. Thus it’s fitting that the new cash injection will be used to expand Dispatch’s relatively new direct-to-consumer subscription service beyond Quebec.
“Retail was already changing pre-pandemic,” Durcak said in an announcement of the funding round today. “Now demand for e-commerce and home delivery is exponential. I think in challenging times like these, we’re looking for ways to stay connected, safe, and diversify the experience of being at home.”
Led by private investment firms Anges Quebec and 0MC, along with other private investors, the investment is notable in that it supports a company that prides itself on sustainable sourcing with some measure of transparency.
The company works with numerous U.S. and European coffee importing companies focused on the specialty segment, and each of its single-origin offerings includes extensive detail about the cooperative or farmer group that produced it.