HOLLY POND, Ala. – Cullman County newcomers Bo and Katie Johnson are like so many others who sat at home during the COVID-19 shutdown, bored and trying to think of things to do. They decided it was a great time to cultivate an idea, so they started the Alabama Mud Coffee Co. at their home in Holly Pond.
The Johnsons moved to Alabama in 2019. They said they knew they wanted to move to Alabama, and after a couple of visits to Cullman County, knew they had found their new home
Bo Johnson said, “We looked online at all the cities in Alabama and Cullman just stuck out to us. We visited a few times to see how we liked the area and then we bought a house here.”
The couple lives in Holly Pond with their three children.
The Johnsons both love coffee. Bo Johnson said it’s been a big part of their life since their high school days.
As for starting a company, he explained, “It’s an idea we had while sitting around during the coronavirus thing. We had some family in Florida that started one. I looked into how to do it myself and it kind of went from there. I have a good wholesaler in Brooklyn (New York); he does my roasting for me also.”
The Johnsons started a Facebook page, and they have quickly gained a loyal following.
The couple has also decided to give a portion of each month’s proceeds to an Alabama nonprofit chosen by their Facebook followers. For the month of June, fans voted for Saving Forgotten Warriors. They are currently taking nominations for July’s featured nonprofit.
Alabama Mud Coffee Co. currently has four different flavors of coffee available. Bo Johnson described each:
- Swamp Mud- a dark earthy roast with a slight fruity flavor
- Black Belt- espresso, finely-ground coffee made for espresso machines
- Rocket City- super-caffeinated dark roast
- Choccolocco Fudge- medium roast with a chocolate fudge flavor
The Johnsons grind the coffee to each customer’s specifications and prepare it in their approved facilities. They package the coffee and sell it in their online store. Alabama Mud Coffee is also sold at The Man Cave Market in South Vinemont and at the Holly Pond Cafe.
Expect to see some new flavors added in the future. The Johnsons said they have thought about some cinnamon, peach cobbler and, of course, pumpkin spice for the fall.
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