Randy Lauwasser began his trips to the Pines in 1985 while his husband, Jim Skicki, followed suit in 2003 when he and Randy began dating.
“I came out here from the Midwest and to me, it was like a fairy tale place,” Lauwasser said.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, they headed to their Fire Island home, where the idea for BeachBreak Coffee was born.
“Beach break is a surfing term, it’s where the wave breaks over a sandbar and that’s what we have here and also of course, it refers to a coffee breaks,” Skicki said.
Their beans are roasted in Savannah, Georgia and ground in their home on Fire Island with varieties named for the communities.
“We have a Pines which is Guatemalan, we have a Cherry Grove which is Colombian, we have a Lighthouse Espresso blend,” Skicki said.
The products are distributed in true Fire Island fashion.
“We distribute up and down Fire Island. I have my e-bike and that’s opened up the distribution part of it,” Lauwasser said.
Because of certain commercial restrictions on the island, they haven’t been able to open their dream café, but stores off and on the island stock their product.
That includes Denizen, which opened last summer.
“I love their branding. They have an incredible story, they have an incredibly rich business background with their expertise and that they bring into their new business,” owner Ryan Espinosa said.
Ryan Espinosa was happy to sell BeachBreak because it pays homage to the place he loves.
There’s now a Pride version, part of the proceeds this month going to help two artists residency programs on Fire Island.
“It gives us an opportunity to give back to the community which is wonderful,” Lauwasser said.
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