This Mobile native started his entrepreneurial journey in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. John Serda graduated from the University of South Alabama and was working towards his Masters Degree as he studied abroad. During his time in Costa Rica, John and the son of his host family saw a need and fulfilled it. They opened a coffee shop and internet cafe in 1999. It was extremely popular with tourists and other students. The partners were able to procure and serve local high end coffee that visitors to the area enjoyed. That, in turn, spurred a demand for their Costa Rican coffee after visitors returned home. John built a website and was able to enhance his business with online coffee sales. What started out as a six month stay for Serda turned into two years. John eventually returned to Mobile and sought traditional employment. His underwhelming search led him back to coffee and self employment when he opened his first coffee shop in Downtown Mobile in 2008.
Serda’s offers traditional cappuccinos, lattes, frozen cappuccinos, iced coffee drinks with frozen coffee cubes and a great selection of fresh roasted coffees from around the world utilizing a state of the art on-site roasting facility. They also offer a great selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads, smoothies, Italian gelato, and craft beers along with domestics and imports, wine and liquor.
This past November, Serda’s Coffee Company opened a second location in Daphne. The Eastern Shore location mimics the same business model of the flagship store with added enhancements. The new construction of the building allows more flexibility in the kitchen arena which has inspired a chef driven menu offering cooked from scratch. In addition to meeting your morning caffeine needs, the Daphne location can get you fueled with breakfast specialties that include Columbian pancakes, biscuits & coffee gravy, breakfast bowl and sandwiches, omlettes and benedicts. The menu transitions into lunch with soup, salads, sandwiches and sides.
The spacious surroundings host Tuesday night trivia, Thursday night bingo and Saturday game night, all starting at 7pm. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 5pm until 7pm with half off drafts and $1 off wine. It’s buy one, get one free coffee on Monday evenings and Wednesday evenings, enjoy two for one gelato.
Make plans to stop by the new Daphne Serda’s – there truly is something for everyone!
Serda’s Coffee Company, 1539 U.S. Hwy 98, Suite 203, Daphne • (251) 517-3963 • Facebook “Serda’s Coffee” • www.serdas.com