After a year of research, networking, paperwork and other behind-the-scenes maneuvers unbeknownst to its patrons, Morning Bell Coffee Roasters has become the first worker-owned cooperative in the state of Iowa.
“It was incredible; a huge project,” Morning Bell Coffee Roasters Founder Nadav Mer told Daily Coffee News. “It was made even bigger in Iowa because we were the first.”
Beginning Jan 1, 2022, Morning Bell, a progressive specialty coffee cafe and roastery in the heart of the college town, officially became a property of the five new worker-owners: Kari Storjohann, Max Westlake, Beth Grimm, Tabbi Thompson and Ella Voloshen.
Those people hold 100% control of the business with a “one vote per worker share” model, according to the company.