Jetplane Coffee was founded in 2018.

We began with a series of pop-up cafes around Durham, NC as we worked towards securing a permanent home. Finally, after a lot of work, we were ready to build-out our brick-and-mortar business in 2020, and we found a funky older building in the Old Five Points neighborhood that was just perfect.

We all know what happened next: just as we were prepping to open, COVID-19 hit. We tossed our plans, scaled back, and, on a grey morning in March, moved our portable coffee cart into an otherwise empty building at 810 Mangum Street. No tables, no chairs, and only a small espresso menu to offer. Would anyone come?