|Citizen's Coffee Company|
The go to stop in the ‘verse for all your networking needs!
The Original Citizen's Coffee Company
The Citizen’s Coffee Company (CCC, CitCCo) got its start on Earth as a chain of coffee shop and bar hybrids during humanities initial expansion into space. CCC locations seemed to follow the space industry wherever large companies would set up manufacturing plants, often being the first place to go after a shift to meet up with co workers and associates. As space travel started developing for civilian use and cities established themselves as major space ports, the Citizen’s Coffee Company was quick to model its business plan to follow suit. A team of real estate agents were hired by the CCC to scoop up whatever spaces were available closest to all the major ports. Management developed a template for all future CCC locations, and began converting all purchased buildings into something that would be recognizable whether you were from Shanghai or Boston. Old churches, workshops, libraries and anything else close to a port was gutted out and filled with tables and booths, bars and stools, and in some cases small rooms were available to rent for overnight stays for long time customers.
When human colonies developed on other planets and civilian travel and business was authorized, the CCC began purchasing store fronts at just about every port. Rather than opening multiple locations in each city, the business model stuck with a single location ideally in walking distance from the port. The look of the Earth locations was replicated in each new establishment, giving the same experience to the customers throughout the galaxy. With locations spread throughout various systems and on dozens of planets, the CCC grew a considerable logistics fleet to keep all of its supply needs covered. As years turned into decades, financial issues forced the CCC to halt the majority of its shipping business and look into outsourcing work.
The introduction of the affiliate program
After consolidating its logistics fleet to a manageable number of ships and employees, the CCC began a program targeted at its frequent customer base. Many corporations and PMCs had accounts open with the Citizen’s Coffee Company for their employees to use while on business, and this led to the creation of an official affiliate system. Companies were allowed to sign on to the CCC as an official affiliate, gaining access to an internal network that consisted of hundreds of other businesses from mining groups to intelligence agencies. Affiliation came with benefits, including data running services and even the use of a team of bounty hunters working for the CCC should another affiliate use your public information to cause harm. Community events also became something that was offered to affiliated organizations in the form of tournaments and friendly competitions.
With the success of the affiliate program, the Citizen’s Coffee Company started to establish itself as the hub for contracting services throughout UEE space. As business owners and associates already frequented the CCC locations, a MobiGlass app was created that allowed affiliated organizations to post contracts for jobs they needed help with or just to browse jobs for their crews. The CCC never attempted to charge a fee for this service, it simply became another benefit of affiliation. All contracts were allowed as long as the job was within the limits of UEE law. A review system was put in place, where both parties working a contract together were encouraged to leave a 1-5 rating and brief description of their experience. This allowed other groups interested in working with each other to have an idea of who they were getting into business with before signing anything official. A major point that contributed to the success of the contract services through the CCC was that it has never been an official formal alliance. All contracts have always been strictly business and allow the cooperating organizations to go their own way upon completion.
Present and Future
The Citizen’s Coffee Company is owned by the expedition group ArmorEx (Armored Expeditions) and run in partnership with XES (Xenosystems Exploration and Survey) and DaiInt (Daedalus Initiative). The partnered organizations hold no authority over any affiliated organization, but simply dedicated time to help run the company and provide staff for events. We are open to accepting more organizations to join as partners.