Since the beginning of Columbus Café, our aim has been to deliver a unique coffee experience… An Anglo-Saxon look mixed with our French style delivering a quality coffee blend but more importantly sharing strong values…
The Laurette Fugain association
Since 2003, we have decided to be socially engaged with Laurette Fugain charity. The Laurette Fugain charity strives against leukaemia and deficiency (see www.laurettefugain.org). This charity is informing and raising people awareness through donations because everyone can change sick people’s life and destiny. The goal is to give sick people a chance to get an effective treatment.
It turns out that we share some of our values with Laurette Fugain charity:
– Generosity : the generosity in donation but also the generosity in our muffins and products
– Authenticity : which is one of the core values at Columbus Café. We believe our concept is unique and authentic, such as every human being.
– « The sharing value » idea : we are sharing the greed so why not sharing or taking the time to make a donation and change someone else’s life?
Three action areas have been thought and developed between Laurette Fugain charity and Columbus Café & Co:
Once a year, Columbus Café & Co is organizing a promotional event to raise people awareness about blood donation. This is the Columbus café & Co supportive month!
THE FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE
During Christmas time, we are selling teddy bears with the charity colours’. All the money raised fully goes to Laurette Fugain charity.
To celebrate Columbus café & co’s 20st anniversary, all stores have sold raspberry and blueberry muffins which wore the charity’s colours! €0.30 of each muffin sales were donated to the charity. We would like to thank all our customers who rose €4,140!
THE DAILY LIFE ACTIONS
All employees at Columbus café & Co headquarters have participated to charity events.
- 2013: Participation to the « Course des héros » in Paris and Marseille and the « corrida des pères noel », where they raised €2,510 for the charity.
- September 2014, Columbus café & Co has supported ESSCA business school students fundraising actions by offering them several endowment?
On March 21st and 22nd 2015: Participation to the « Glisse en coeur » at Grand-Bornan in France: a 24 hours ski relay race with few sleeping hours but in a good mood: the team ranked 122 on 144 but the most important fact is that we raised €259,116 for Laurette Fugain charity.
IDTGV (French railway network)
Breaking news! Columbus café & Co is boarding IDTGV trains!
Columbus café & Co is ensuring the IDTGV railway networking catering for our food lovers!
Get ready to book your tickets and let’s meet up to enjoy Columbus café & Co hot drinks, muffins and more!
In every Columbus Café & Co, we welcome you for a gourmet break in a cosy and friendly atmosphere and with a special French touch! On-site or to go, you can enjoy a large selection of hot and cold drinks prepared in front of you and made from coffee, tea, chocolate, fruits. Do you like coffee? Our « Barista blend » is a unique and exclusive coffee blend developed by Columbus Café. Are you craving for American pastries? Enjoy a greedy pleasure with our homemade signature muffin, cooked on-site in every Columbus Café & Co. You can also enjoy our cookies, donuts and cheesecakes. If you are more in a mood for a salted snack, our original toasted bagels and club sandwiches recipes are also proposed to satisfy each of our customers! In our Coffee Shops, we are pleased to offer free Wi-Fi and smartphones’ - tablets’ charging stations. If you have an artistic soul, feel free to express your creativity by filling up our "wall of expression”! Our slogan « Take time for yourself », and most importantly: indulge yourself!
We want every customer to experience the best moment of the day!
Our ambition is to become the 21st century social coffee shop, a place with a two-way of communication flow, where our customers can meet, share and connect with each other.
Columbus Café in three words :
1 - Indulgence
At Columbus Café & Co, we love delicious moments. Our customers can fully indulge themselves by discovering new flavours through our original recipes and Columbus Café & Coʼs savoir-faire. The aim of Columbus Café from its creation is to offer a unique coffee experience. Our homemade flavorous muffins stick to our values and enable our customers to experience a gourmet moment at Columbus. Take time for yourself!
2 - The authenticity
The authentic French coffee shop atmosphere is one of our fundamental values: the zinc counter, the croissants and the espresso coffee blend are reflecting the French touch and the typical Parisian coffee shop style. That is what makes our difference.
3 - Cosmopolitan
Our Columbus Café & Co coffee shops are cosy spaces welcoming everyone and offering at anytime books, magazines and newspapers, smartphones charging stations and free Wi-Fi access. Our concept can be implemented successfully all around the world. Columbus café & Co is an American idea with a French development so we really want to keep both cultural roots to make Columbus café & Co a unique concept.
Free Wi-Fi and smartphones’ charging stations. Our customers are visiting Columbus café & Co to take time for them while at the same time staying connected. We are glad to offer them a free Wi-Fi connection and a brand new concept the « Charli charger » allowing our customers to charge all of their connected devices. At Columbus Café, this is part of our mission to give a chance to our customers to find a place to stay connected with a full battery at all time.
The wall of expression
Once comfortably settled, our customers appreciate sharing their experiences and feelings on site. The wall of expression is at their disposal to express freely their creativity and be spontaneous. This wall allows an interaction with our customers and enables to reinforce our special link with them.
Creation of Columbus Café, it’s the first coffee shop to settle in France! Yes, yes we are French!
Columbus Café develops its concept internationally in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.
New CEO, new development, Columbus starts its development as franchisees.
Columbus Café & Co coffee shops are reshaping and renaming. Columbus Café becomes Columbus Café & Co!
20th anniversary: Columbus Café & Co is getting the train with iDTGV to ensure the French railway catering!
We go on our own sweet way still accompanied by our little bear with almost 140 coffee shops! Thanks to you !