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Rising Stars: Meet Christian Weber

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Weber.

Hi Christian, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My business partner, Henry, and I started Stallion Coffee Company around the beginning of the pandemic. At the time, I was bussing tables and Henry was an art student in college. I’d been roasting my own coffee beans for almost a year at the time and wanted to start a roasting business. Henry was doing some freelance graphic design and offered to make me a logo.

Our conversations led to us becoming business partners and working everyday to grow Stallion into what it is today. We started very small with one roaster, one roast and only sold three bags our first week. We now have two roasters, six different roasts, two grinders, and have many amazing customers who enjoy our coffee regularly. I moved back in with my parents and we’re still working our other jobs, but we are getting closer to being able to build and run this full time. We’re nowhere near where we want to be yet, but we are very thankful for where we are now and all the support we’ve received.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
We definitely have obstacles starting a business at a young age with no money and no investors, but I try to look at the challenges we face as opportunities to get stronger and smarter. It makes us more resourceful and teaches us patience and discipline. This journey hasn’t been easy but it has always been worth it.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Henry Eads: I’m the creative director of Stallion, which is a fancy way of saying I manage how everything looks. I’ve known since I was very young that I was going to do something with art. By third grade, I was telling everyone I was going to be an artist. Up until junior year of high school, I had focused on taking every drawing class available, then I started taking computer art and graphic design classes and I got very into that stuff. I was making logos and graphics for t-shirts, skateboards, album covers, etc. I could make whatever I wanted on the computer so I really started to focus on getting good with the tools and whenever I could be on a computer, I was learning everything I could and building a crappy portfolio. I did a good amount of freelance work the last two years of high school and going into college, doing logos and stuff for friends and family, even a shoe boutique that ripped me off.

Sophomore year of college rolled around and though I was doing well in my art classes, I realized I didn’t love art the same way I used to. I liked to create for myself and doing it for a grade took the fun out of it for me. I got my associate’s in fine arts after two years and was finished with school while being a few months into working on Stallion with Christian. Stallion has elevated my art a lot, forcing me to constantly reassess what I do and make sure it holds up and if it doesn’t, I improve it. We’ve had three or four iterations of the coffee bags in under a year for that reason. I think I’m most proud of the fact that we haven’t let anything stop us from moving forward. We’re just two young guys with limited resources and we’ve managed to make this work. It seems crazy to us sometimes but we’ve both decided to put everything into this, and we have absolute belief in our ability to achieve whatever we set out to do.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Christian: Third Circle Theory, Purple Cow, MFCEO Project
Henry: Adobe illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, Bazaart, Splice

Pricing:

  • 12 oz bags- 1-$15 2-$30 3-$45 4-$55
  • 2.5 oz portion packs x30-$75 x50-$115
  • 2lb.-$37 5lb.-$70
  • 2.5 oz packs Regular coffee x30 and Decaf x30-$140
  • 2.5 oz packs Regular x30 Decaf x3o Flavored x30-$210

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