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Biggby Coffee, the fast-growing Michigan-based coffee shop chain, opened its first cafe in Crown Point — and another may be coming soon.

Daniel Tirado-Barbauld, a 29-year-old Crown Point native who has worked as a chef at Giovanni’s in Munster and the Briar Ridge Country Club, decided to go into business for himself. He originally hoped to open a food truck, but the coronavirus pandemic put the brakes on that idea.

He started looking at coffee franchises and opened first Biggby Coffee at 1601 E. 109th Ave. in Crown Point. Founded in East Lansing, Michigan, in 1995, Biggby Coffee now has more than 250 locations in 13 states, including stores in Michigan City and Chesterton.

“I looked at Dunkin’ (Donuts) and Starbucks and chose Biggby because I agree with what they believe,” he said. “Biggby stood out because they use 20 percent Fair Trade coffee where they pay farmers directly. They love people. By 2026, they plan to use 50 percent Fair Trade coffee. A lot of coffee is slave labor, but they take care of these farmers. If you love the world, the world will love you back.”

The coffee is also premium, he said.

“It’s farm-to-shelf,” Tirado-Barbauld said. “It’s served within two weeks’ time. There’s guaranteed freshness. It’s fresher than some of the produce you have in your fridge.”

The menu includes more than 80 different lattes that can be served hot, iced or frozen. It also has more than 60 different teas and Bragel breakfast, brunch and lunch sandwiches.

The Crown Point Biggby is located in a Citgo station on 109th Street, which is closed down because of construction through November. It seats 12 people and has a drive-thru.

“We hope to serve the greater city of Crown Point,” he said. “We’re for coffee fanatics. We’re on a mission. That’s why we’re the fastest-growing coffee chain in the country.”

Tirado-Barbauld said Biggby has a unique philosophy and approach to customer service.

“We’re a happy, positive coffee joint,” he said. “Customers aren’t just a number. They’re our livelihood. We’re aggressively friendly and it shows. You can go anywhere to get a cup of coffee, but we want you to come to us for the experience.”

Biggby Coffee is open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 219-323-3307 or find Biggby Coffee Crown Point on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok.

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