Once the fast-growing local coffee brand closed

The former Convergent Coffee Co. headquarters at 1716 Rhoadmiller St. (Mike Platania)

A local coffee brand has stopped after three years of activity.

Convergent Coffee Co., which launched in 2015 and sold canned cold brew coffee as Confluence Coffee Co., is ceasing operations.

Company president Avrum Elmakis confirmed the closure, which took effect at the end of 2018. He also sold equipment and the remainder of his lease at 1716 Rhoadiller St. last month.

Attempts to reach CEO Steve Ball were unsuccessful on Thursday afternoon.

The shutdown comes about a year after Convergent began planning a national expansion, for which it had raised $2.3 million in venture capital funding.

A year prior, it had expanded to the 10,450 square foot Rhoadmiller Street warehouse and distribution facility near The Diamond.

convergent coffee cans

Convergent sells several flavors of canned cold brew coffee. (Converging)

At one point, the company distributed to over 300 stores along the East Coast and also had an office in Denver. All of its coffee was infused with nitrogen gas and sold in cans and kegs, and included no dairy or sugar. It sold four main flavors: House Blend, Coconut, Vanilla, and Mocha.

Its 2017 name change to Convergent Coffee Co. was done to avoid a potential legal dispute with Iowa-based beer maker Confluence Brewing Co.

Other regional players in the canned cold brew coffee scene are Charlottesville-based Snowing In Space Coffee Co. and Nitro Cold Brew, a joint venture of local coffee roaster and brewer Black Hand Coffee Co. and Triple Crossing Brewing.

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