Peaks Coffee Co. Finds New Frontier

“We are Peaks. Built in the valleys.”

So goes the mantra behind Peaks Coffee Co. in Syracuse, New York. Founders Sam and Kelsey Bender met while Kelsey worked as a barista at Starbucks and Sam was a nursing student who studied there. As the couple fell in love over coffee, they also connected over their mutual experiences with anxiety and depression. Peaks was born out of a shared desire to build a space that welcomes all, celebrates with community during the peaks in life, and endures the valleys with them as well.

Peaks Coffee Co. first opened on October 3, 2015, with a small retail location in Nelson, New York, where they began roasting nearly 200 pounds of coffee for wholesale a day. The Benders recently moved their shop into a new space in Syracuse last week, with a continued focus on creating open conversations around mental health. The new location features a small seasonal menu that includes biscuits and jam, avocado toasts, a breakfast burrito, and a turkey and pear panini. A grand opening party will be scheduled for this spring.