Welcome to the Coffee Studio! One of the Treasure Valley’s independent coffee shops that opened in August 2012. It is located at 6360 N. Saguaro Hills, Meridian, ID 83646.
We asked owner Lyndsey Hopkins why she launched the Coffee Studio and why she loves what she does. She said with great enthusiasm and joyful smile, “Every car is a different story!” That is a testament to the value they put on customer service which she says must be, “110% connecting with the customer beyond coffee.” Lyndsey is creating a coffee studio where customers experience, “a home away from home, someplace where you need to get away, to get stuff done or not get stuff done, someplace that is comfortable, clean, happy, bright, positive, and pleasing.”
Lyndsey and her staff make it a point to listen for the stories that are part of each order at the drive through or front counter and then getting to work like a baristartists and hand crafting each drink as if it were a specialty order. Eighty percent of the return customers are recognized with little details of their life story and as Lyndsey says, “It all starts with a cup of coffee.” One of the great moments of the interview was Lyndsey thinking through what it has taken to be at the place where the Coffee Studio is, what they are trying to accomplish, where they are headed, while acknowledging a couple of the customers she knew with a wave and smile. For a moment everything appeared to come into clear focus and she said with a confident aha, “You know, we offer … a cup of peace.”
A teacher and coach with a passion for connecting with people, Lyndsey says about her ‘best staff you could ask for,’ “A team that develops together well, works (and plays) well together.” One of the bold colors of this studio is the enjoyment of hiring employees without any experience, who are passionate about life and show dedication (to almost anything). Lyndsey spends two weeks training them on how to be a barista and three months on the language and passion of excellent customer service. “Teaching them how to talk to people, using positive engaging words, and inspiring employees to just love people,” is a hallmark of this coffee house. Lyndsey says, “To sell something you have to like it,” and to that end she is committed to sharing her knowledge and wonder of coffee to her employees, vendors, customers, and interviewers. Coffee Studio, like many independent coffee shops in the Treasure Valley, create their own amazing blends based on customer input and satisfaction and a refined imagination.
About the Coffee Studio’s future, she said with entrepreneurial focus leaning into the entrepreneur’s obsessive story line of, ‘what’s next,’ “We are giving this everything we have for the next ten years and open two more stores.”
Welcome to the Coffee Studio where you are sure to be given a little peace and enjoy a handcrafted cup of joe.
Dr. Tom Lobaugh