High School’s Students In Springfield Start Their Coffee Business

As many coffee shops have been closed or their business hours shortened during the COVID-19 pandemic, two high schoolers have started their coffee business to fulfill locals’ coffee cravings. DMV Drinks is a coffee business founded by Lars Griffin and Josh Putz. It creates and delivers coffee and frappes to Burke and Springfield residents. People can order by messaging them on their Instagram or Facebook, and they deliver every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

From left: Springfield residents Josh Putz, junior at Lake Braddock Secondary School, and Lars Griffin, junior at West Springfield High

Putz of Springfield, a junior at Lake Braddock Secondary School said, “We realized with this quarantine that it would be a lot harder for people to get their daily coffee, and we saw an opportunity in a doorstep coffee delivery service.”

Griffin, a West Springfield High School junior and Springfield resident said, “We average about one order per day so far, but usually orders are two or three drinks. We get about seven to nine orders per week with about 24 drinks per week. We’re hoping for those numbers to go up once our website is functional.”

According to Springfield Connection, “According to Griffin, most of their customers are high schoolers, but a few adults have ordered as well. Many who have ordered from them have been happy with the quality of the drinks and delivery. They came up with the idea for DMV Drinks in April when they heard people complaining about coffee shops closing. Griffin and Putz are waiting for verification for their new website, DMVDrinks.org. They estimate the website will be functional by June 5. Griffin and Putz are enjoying learning how to run a small business, and they hope to expand their menu in the future.”

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