Attention all coffee lovers… I want to introduce you to a small business that is brewing up something special in the heart of Cincinnati. Solo Coffee is a small business founded by Hannah and Ryan Hill, fueled by their passion for coffee and their desire to create a sense of belonging and connection among people.
But first, let’s get to know the founders. Hannah, a coffee aficionado, has been in the industry for over a decade. She is not only a skilled barista but also a devoted wife and mother to her son Skye, as well as two furry companions. Ryan, on the other hand, comes from an engineering background and previously worked for the renowned company Tesla in California. He is a loving husband and father, who loves coffee!
Their journey to establishing Solo Coffee began when they decided to move back to Cincinnati, where they had their roots and the support of family and friends. After spending some time in California, they realized that their hometown lacked the vibrant coffee culture they had experienced in San Francisco…
Solo is inspired by a charming coffee shop they stumbled upon in California—a walk-up window without seating—Hannah and Ryan decided they wanted to bring this personal and intimate coffee experience to Cincinnati. They wanted to escape the fast pace often associated with coffee shops and create a more meaningful connection with their customers. After thorough research, the duo realized that starting with a mobile coffee cart would allow them to showcase their passion while introducing the San Francisco/California vibe into the local coffee scene right here in Cincinnati, OH.
SOLO is a mobile espresso coffee bar that caters to a range of events, including weddings, corporate gatherings, parties, fundraisers, and pop-ups. Based in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, the business is also willing to travel to Lexington, Louisville, and Dayton. Their goal is to create a personalized coffee experience that adds a touch of luxury to any occasion.
In early 2023, Hannah and Ryan started brainstorming and launched Solo Coffee in June of the same year. With a mission to make people feel known, loved, and seen, their vision was to create a place for community, where people could indulge in excellent coffee without the need for a designated space.
For their coffee offerings, Solo Coffee partners with Deeper Roots, a local coffee roasting company known for its quality and diverse selection of beans. From espresso, cortado, cappuccino, and lattes to mochas, Americanos, homemade lavender, vanilla syrup, and hot chocolate, they have an array of options to satisfy your taste buds. They also provide hot tea, chai tea, matcha, and customizable drinks like cold brew.
What sets Solo Coffee apart is their attention to detail and personalization. They offer unique add-ons like providing bridal parties with custom stamps for their cups, featuring stamps of their beloved pets for weddings, and the ability to customize and decorate the cart according to the theme of your event.
When asked about their favorite moments, Hannah expressed her love for weddings, as they allow her to meet new people and stay busy. Her go-to drink is an oat milk cappuccino with a touch of honey, while Ryan’s favorite is a cortado. They both greatly cherish the opportunity to work together as a husband and wife duo, as it allows them to bond while fulfilling their shared entrepreneurial dreams.
Owning a small business brings immense joy, and for Hannah and Ryan, it’s all about serving customers, building relationships with kind-hearted individuals, and making connections within their community.
To book Solo Coffee for your next event, their availability is flexible, and they require a minimum of two weeks’ notice. You can even secure a booking up to a year in advance. Simply visit their website and fill out the inquiry form. Hannah will personally reach out to discuss the details and provide you with a customized quote based on timing, location, drink preferences, and the number of guests.
Looking ahead, Hannah and Ryan have big dreams for Solo Coffee. By the end of 2024, they aspire to open their own coffee shop, where they can continue to operate their mobile cart while also serving customers in person. Their journey continues, and they can’t wait to bring the Solo Coffee experience to even more individuals in their community.
Join Solo Coffee on their quest to create moments of connection, one cup at a time. Discover the taste of SoCal in the heart of Cincinnati.