About Us

 

Stay Golden is setting the new standard for coffee concepts in Nashville. We treat coffee, food, and cocktails as equals, rather than putting one above the others. When you enter our space, you know you can get specialty quality coffee, restaurant quality food, and craft cocktails. We’re looking to take something special and make it excellent, and it shows in everything that we do.

But in our pursuit of excellence, we also strive to love the person first. At the end of the day, the food and beverages we serve are about people. Our farmers, our distributors, our chefs, our servers, and ultimately our guests. Our goal is to deliver a seamless, inspiring experience that equips you to do what you love.

Stay true. Stay Golden. 

OUR TEAM:

Together, our leadership team has over 30 years of experience in the coffee industry. Each has forged their own area of expertise and brings a unique offering to Stay Golden.

Jamie Cunningham

Jamie worked for Bongo Java as Director of Coffee Quality. He also developed an industry leading training system for new baristas and was a certified by the Barista Guild of America. Jamie was also instrumental in start-up responsibilities for Steadfast Coffee and acted as Director of Hospitality. Cunningham and Mehrens spearheaded the creation of large-scale brewing systems that became the backbone of Matchless Coffee Soda. Jamie is your spreadsheet, systems, business growth and development guru. Cunningham has vast experience in the management and system building of every category of a restaurant/coffee shop model. Cunningham loves finding the most efficient workflow from the design and build-out phase, all the way through to execution.

Sean Stewart

Sean worked, along with Nathanael, as the Barista Manager for the Fido location for Bongo Java. Became Barista Guild of America certified barista. Subsequently, Mehrens and Stewart started Beve Mobile Coffee, a mobile coffee catering and barista training company. After joining forces with CREMA, Stewart helped to pioneer the roasting program. At CREMA, Stewart started the College of Coffee Craft (coffee classes for the home enthusiast), oversaw continued barista education and training, created (with Mehrens) a then lauded one-of-a-kind service model with the CREMA Slow Bar. Stewart was a co-founder of Steadfast Coffee and focused on Steadfast Coffee Roasters in particular.

Nathanael Mehrens

Nathanael worked, along with Stewart, as the Barista Manager for the Fido location for Bongo Java. Became Barista Guild of America certified barista. Created a training system for Fido baristas along with Stewart and began shaping the new barista culture for Bongo Java. Subsequently, Mehrens and Stewart started Beve Mobile Coffee, a mobile coffee catering and barista training company. After partnering with CREMA, Mehrens began to push the envelope by spearheading barista training and coffee quality. Mehrens was instrumental in creating the CREMA Slow Bar. Mehrens also invented the Kenya Karinga Coffee Soda while being the director of coffee quality at CREMA, which has become Matchless Coffee Soda and is co-founded by Sean Stewart, Jamie Cunningham, and Ben Bredesen (owner of Fat Bottom). Mehrens also helped start the coffee program at Pinewood Social. Mehrens was also a co-founder of Steadfast Coffee and oversaw beverage creation and coffee standards. Mehrens created two nationally recognized beverages in the Atlas (Alton Brown’s favorite coffee drink ever, anywhere) and the Rested Butterscotch Latte. Mehrens also spearheaded the opening of Steadfast Commons | Coffee & Cocktails and built an industry leading coffee and cocktail program, that included beverages like the Atlas and the Creme Brulee Latte.

Joe Moore

Before founding DesignWorks Collective, Joseph Moore was president and vice chairman of CR Gibson, a gift and stationery company. Experienced in both start-ups and leveraged buyouts, Moore coordinated four acquisitions and one divestiture during the last 10 years, successfully integrating those businesses into CR Gibson. In 2001, Moore and partners took CR Gibson private in a leveraged transaction. After de-leveraging the company and generating double-digit increases in revenues and profits, he successfully sold CR Gibson to CSS Industries, a company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to that, Moore served as executive vice president for Thomas Nelson Publishers. There, he directed the company’s book publishing and gift units and served on the board of directors. So, basically, he’s a BOSS.