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Coffee distributor to launch online orders for individuals

Fast Coffee Service Inc. owners Tandra and David Robinson discuss inventory in their warehouse in Burns Harbor. They plan to let individuals start ordering coffee online this year.

Caffeine junkies in Northwest Indiana could soon get their coffee fix directly from a wholesaler.

A gourmet coffee distributor in Porter County is looking to branch out into online coffee orders for individuals this year.

Fast Coffee Services, in Burns Harbor, currently distributes coffee to about 300 customers in Northwest Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. The 35-year-old company sells about 30 different types of coffee, teas and related products to restaurants, convenience stores and offices within a 50-mile radius of its office at U.S. 20 and Indiana 149. 

“This area, this location is ideal for commerce," owner Tandra Robinson said. "Everything is right here. The location is very advantageous for us geographically."

Fast Coffee Service also distributes spring water to offices and homes, and is looking to diversify its business by distributing to residential customers this year. It offers a variety of coffees, including a  Tandra C’s fine specialty signature blend, a Columbian median roast and Michigan cherry-flavored coffee.

“Once we define your needs, we can put together a plan that’s perfect for you,” Robinson said. “We’re not cookie cutter. Our customers never feel limited as we have a variety of options.”

For more information, call 219-787-JAVA (5282). 

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