“Value in our industry is the byproduct of providing excellent service and top notch food and drinks. People will inevitably remember the way that they feel on any journey they embark upon. That's why we only offer the highest quality menu that we genuinely love and enjoy ourselves, because it brings us passionate and joy that we can share with everyone, every day.
-Ryne Thiel, Owner
Hammerhead Coffee derives its name from a record label that the founder, Todd Thorstenson, founded in Champaign 20 years ago called Hammerhead Records. Between 1993 and 2000, the label promoted and funded recordings for musical artists that toured nationally and the label's releases were distributed internationally, received radio airplay around the globe, and had great reviews in well-respected magazines such as Alternative Press, College Music Journal (CMJ), and Hit Parader.
On August 17th, 2018, young entrepreneurs and passionate foodies Ryne Thiel, 23, and his fiancé Christine Ahn, 19, acquired the Hammerhead Coffee company with the intention to drastically expand and improve the menu. With the new change of ownership, the menu now includes bubble tea, taiyaki, extremely unique baked delights, Italian sodas, smoothies, breakfast, and lunch.
Hammerhead Coffee features local artists’ music in a continuation of the label’s support of the local arts and, of course, have great coffee, great service, and an aesthetically pleasing and welcoming space. Hammerhead Coffee sets itself apart and remains a true coffee cultural experience for our customers.