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Hidden Gems: Meet Kirsti Logan of The Sleepy Turtle Coffee Co

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kirsti Logan.

Hi Kirsti, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
There’s no such thing as a short story in my life. Hi. My name is Kirsti Logan and I am the owner of Sleepy Turtle Coffee Co in Colorado Springs, Co; a mobile coffee shop located in the heart of a 1974 VW Van. Ever since I was a little kid I would dream of being a business owner. My friends used to make fun of me and call me “Chef Kirsti”. When I was around ten I came up with the name “the Sleepy Turtle” and it just stuck. I was born in Denver, but grew up on the beaches of Florida. My dad rocked a VW Bus or a “hippy van” as we called it. He used to drive me and my friends around town and encouraged all our crazy antics. I remember him and I sitting in the VW watching the sunrise on the beach, drinking coffee from our favorite beachside shop. We would go early and watch the waves come in, and if we were lucky we would see dolphins, sharks, or turtles. We learned a lot about each other over the years, and that kind of stuck with me. Anytime I go to a new place, I search for three things. The best restaurants, bars, and coffee houses. I have spent countless hours in my life celebrating wins with friends in the confines of a coffee shop. Grieving losses, and brainstorming a better tomorrow. So the Sleepy Turtle began as a mere concept and thanks to the Pandemic, it turned into reality. I graduated from Rosen College of Hospitality in the heart of Orlando.

During that time, I was able to study abroad in the café capital of the world; Vienna, Austria along with a summer internship in Yellowstone National Park. I learned it all. I worked in tourism, catering, hotels, restaurants. My final gig in the sunshine state was managing Bubba Gump Shrimp Co on Universal’s City Walk. I moved back to the mountains three years ago to help my brother open up his practice, True North Chiropractic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I was down for the adventure. Immediately, we hit the ground running talking to people all over the city and marketing our mission. We wanted to help individuals find their true north by eliminating the pain that limits success in life. I learned everything I needed to know about opening a business, and the fire in my soul to do something more was sparked once more. So I spoke with a few friends who opened businesses across the US and made the step to wake up and start chasing my dream.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
This has been the craziest and funniest journey. I’m an adrenaline junky, so I’m all about risks. It all began with me taking a jump and buying a 1974 VW Van off eBay from a guy in Folsom, California. Every step of the way has offered new challenges, but has also introduced me to a wonderful community of small business owners, here in the Springs and abroad. Through such a unique business venture, I have been able to make connections with VW owners all over the world who have made their busses into various mobile businesses. So even though it’s not easy, I have had wonderful individuals reach out and offer their expertise and helped me along the way.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
The Sleepy Turtle Coffee Co is more than just a location, but an idea; a mindset. I chose to host this coffee shop in the heart of a 1974 VW bus, so I can access every corner of the state of Colorado to bring, not only exceptional espresso from organically sourced and fairly traded beans, but so I can personally meet the people in this city who have supported me from the beginning. The Sleepy Turtle encourages and inspires any person from any background to come out of their shell and keep racing to their dreams, no matter how slow the race may be. As I was planning my business model, I knew I wanted to make an impact. A footprint on people’s hearts while leaving the smallest environmental footprint as possible. I’m working with researchers to find the most sustainable products for my business, while still maintaining quality and excellence. Through this venture, I have met wonderful partners who have assisted me on my journey. CopperFox Coffee Roasters provides the delicious beans from farmers all over the world. They only choose fair traded beans from organic farms. Through their service to their people, they also donate a portion of their proceeds to fight human trafficking. My bakers are Blossom. Baking and Olde Owl Bread Co. These two sweet souls have a mission to feed the community with the utmost quality organic ingredients, while incorporating cyclical farming into their business models. The basil and tomatoes on the focaccia is plucked first thing in the morning to provide the most nutrients to the city. I may be in the coffee business, but I choose to see it as the “People Business”. This is more than just a profitable business venture. This is an attempt to connect individuals from every background to meet new people, experience new things, and start living life again. One cup of coffee at a time.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I love Colorado. Every inch. I love that people come from all over the world to live HERE. I love driving to work every morning and seeing the beautiful mountains. I love the dry climate. I love the four seasons. I love the snow. I love that my groceries don’t go bad after three days. I love that there’s no mosquitos, sharks, alligators, or cockroaches. I love that people here care about the environment. They care about their impact on one another and the world around them.

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Last Photo is thanks to Katie Klann @khklann from the @co_gazette

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