Tony Konecny, who co-founded Tonx Coffee (which eventually got acquired by Blue Bottle), is partnering with Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson's LocoL to present affordable $1 cups of coffee at the budding fast food chain. Konecny, who posted the news on Medium earlier today, teamed up with LocoL after Choi and Patterson reached out on how they could brew cheap, but tasty cups of coffee using the kind of quality one might expect at a typical Third Wave roaster.
The answer, says Konecny, was developing and producing the coffee beans in house instead of trying to get partnerships with established companies. Konecny is bringing on Intelligentsia and Tonx alum Sumi Ali to help spearhead the project, which should complement LocoL's breakfast program once that debuts. LocoL's first location opens in Watts come January 18, with San Francisco's Tenderloin outlet opening soon as well.
Maybe McDonald's should really be worried, because their celebrated coffee won't be the only cheap fast food option within a few weeks.