How did you get into the industry?

Foxtail Coffee Co. was created in 2016. While young, it has deep roots. The company was founded by Alex Tchekmeian and Iain Yeakle, whose friendship began years ago while in the same kindergarten class. Alex, a successful music business entrepreneur who primarily focuses on the business development and design for Foxtail Coffee, and Iain, a roaster of quality coffee known for creating unique coffee concepts in Florida, reconnected to combine their experience and create a neighborhood café that approached coffee roasting as a craft.

Their vision began to take shape when the State Auto Body Shop, which stood in Winter Park for over 70 years, closed its doors. Shortly after, in this same location, Alex and Iain opened their first café and roasting facility and began roasting coffee on-site, kegging cold brew, and supplying wholesale coffee to local restaurants.

Foxtail quickly established a following of coffee lovers and now has cafés throughout Central Florida that serve its fresh-roasted coffee. Whether you are spending time in one of Foxtail’s neighborhood spaces, taking a cup to go, or are bringing a bag of beans home, Alex and Iain hope their passion for craft coffee shines through and that you enjoy the “Foxtail Experience” each and every time you visit.

What’s New in the Business or in the Franchise Model?

We’re always working with new farms to bring the freshest most eco-friendly and ethically sourced roasted coffee to communities in America.

Where do you See Opportunities or Challenges for the Franchise/Business Moving Forward?

There’s opportunity around every corner to better impact our local communities. Every cup of coffee is a new chance and challenge to open a conversation that may spark new ideas.

What is your Goal for the Business Moving Forward?

To bring fresh roasted coffee and convenient workspaces to more areas in America and to also impact and support ethical coffee farming practices. We have a goal to shift the way we think about the coffee and the industry one cup at a time.

Talk to us About Training and Support, How Do You Deliver?

Coffee is a mix of science and art. We bring our training staff out on-site to work with franchisees and their teams to ensure we’re putting out a product that we’re proud to share with our community. 

Your most difficult moment at the Franchise Business?

Our most difficult moment was choosing the right location for our flagship store in Winter Park, Florida. We decided to become involved in an adaptive reuse project for a closed auto body shop and worked through the challenges of building our concept in an old auto body garage.

How is your Franchise Model Structured?


What does Your Franchisee Do in the Business Every Day?

Smile and service their community with high hospitality standards and serve great products.

Who is the Ideal Franchise Candidate?

A franchisee with a love for the craft of coffee and sharp hospitality skills.

What Goals Do you Have for the Franchise Model in the Future?

To ensure every guest experience is a memorable one and to positively impact the world through responsible practices in sourcing and producing the best quality products out there.


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