Queens-based Micro-Roaster to be Exclusive Coffee Provider and Café Partner for Convene’s Growing Flexible Meeting and Workplace Network
January 29, 2019 (New York, NY) — Convene, the leading partner for commercial landlords in building and managing premium, amenity-driven, flexible-term meeting and workspace solutions, has announced a company-wide partnership with For Five, the micro coffee-roaster based in Queens, New York. As part of the newly cemented partnership, For Five will provide its signature coffee in every Convene location and will open cafés in partnership with Convene’s select landlord partners. Convene will also serve as an official investor in For Five, committed to supporting the brand’s national expansion.
Convene’s partnership with For Five underscores the company’s mission of providing high quality products to its clients and guests. Key to the company’s hospitality mission, Convene is committed to serving its members with the best food and beverage offerings and will provide For Five coffee in its signature Nourish bar throughout the day. For Five will be creating different specialty coffee blends for each city to reflect each Convene location, such as the “La La Blend” for Los Angeles-based customers and the “Gold Coast Blend” for the Chicago region.
“Our partnership with For Five is the next step in advancing both our companies’ missions to provide elevated, hospitality-driven experiences,” said Ryan Simonetti, CEO and co-founder of Convene. “As Convene’s rapid expansion continues, we will continue to partner with like-minded companies such as For Five that will help us create a best-in-class workplace ecosystem.”
“We are thrilled to be Convene’s exclusive coffee provider and grow in tandem with the company’s rapid expansion into numerous markets across the country,” said Stefanos Vouvoudakis, President and co-founder of For Five. “We’re committed to providing high-quality products to each workplace location to support Convene’s members every single day.”
Founded in 2011 by two Queens locals, For Five’s mission is to provide specialty coffee for all palates. By sourcing, cupping, roasting, importing, and distributing coffee, while also supplying equipment and providing tech services, For Five has become a one-stop shop for all things high-end and quality coffee.
With roots in New York, For Five first collaborated with Convene in 2017 to provide coffee at their full-service meeting spaces in Manhattan. For Five has already opened four cafés in Convene locations including 117 West 46th, One World Trade, and Park Ave Tower in New York City and 333 South Grand in Los Angeles, in partnership with The Durst Organization, and Brookfield, and Blackstone. The company will expand its café locations to Convene’s newest NYC location at One Liberty Plaza in early 2019, and throughout Convene’s network of locations throughout the U.S.
Convene’s partnership with For Five follows its $152 million Series D round of financing, which included investments from real estate, technology, and innovation leaders such as Revolution Growth, RXR Realty, ArrowMark Partners, Brookfield, and The Durst Organization, among others.
Following Convene’s significant Series D funding, the company is planning to grow its footprint globally, expand its service offerings and partnerships, and launch a new workplace technology platform. By the end of 2018, Convene will have 23 locations in five cities totaling approximately 700,000 square feet and is projected to have more than 1,500,000 total square feet of space open by the end of 2019.
Convene (www.convene.com) designs and services premium places to work, meet, and host inspiring events. Through strategic partnerships with prominent commercial landlords, Convene operates a network of hospitality-driven locations in Class A office buildings across major U.S. cities, with plans to expand globally. Convene has raised $260M in equity funding to date, and has been named one of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a Best Workplace by both Inc. and Fortune Magazine.
Jenna Wollemann, Convene