September 23, 2020

Suprema Coffee Shows Us Immigrants Get the Job Done

For our Community series, we’re asking our coffee shop partners to answer a few questions to help everyone get to know these delightful folks and their shops. We heart our partners, and we think you will, too. 

Up now is Philly’s Suprema Coffee, owned and operated by Stefan Radivojevic. Stefan emigrated to the U.S. in 2011 from Serbia and spent years working as a hotel manager. “The position gave me an opportunity to learn about customer service and experience, but there was one problem,” Stefan tells us. “I didn't enjoy the job.” 

The brightest part of his day, actually, was his daily trip to a local cafe to craft his own cuppa. Stefan turned that daily bright spot into a passion, a passion he combined with a business management degree to open up Suprema Coffee on February 22, 2020. 

Opening a coffee shop weeks just as a pandemic is beginning to sweep the country isn’t ideal, but Stefan’s resilience is reflected in his shop and staff. He gave us some more insights into what makes Suprema a truly special place.

Why did you decide to open up your shop?

When I thought about my future, I was scared of settling on a 9-5 job that I couldn't enjoy. I knew I’d rather invest my skills and energy into something that was mine, and I was excited to create an opportunity for myself to succeed on my own merit. Oh yes… and I love drinking coffee!

What makes your shop special?

Concept. And it’s very simple: good coffee in, good coffee out. No compromises. We focus on what matters and eliminate everything that doesn't, which can be seen in a clean aesthetics and minimalistic approach of the shop. Also, we have a small batch roaster in house roasting fresh beans almost every day.

What’s your staff’s super power?

I find it amazing to have people surrounding me that show as much passion and belief in the shop's vision as I do. That synergy is our super power and you can taste it in our coffee.

What do you love about your customers?

They want us to succeed as much as we do. Our customers have supported us throughout these difficult times—especially for a new business. They show us they care by coming back every morning and making us feel like we're a special part of the community.

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