Boston Marathon champ Des Linden’s coffee venture up and running

John Niyo
The Detroit News

Washington Township — Winning is good for business. But for Desiree Linden and her husband, Ryan, the aftermath of her historic Boston Marathon victory required more coffee. A lot more. And not just because they were lacking sleep.

The couple’s specialty coffee company with friends and fellow endurance athletes Ben and Sarah True was a bit of a lark until they launched their Linden & True brand in Boston over Patriots’ Day weekend.

“And then someone decided to win the race,” said Ryan, a competitive triathlete from Rochester. “We put everything up for sale on the website ( last week and we sold out in the first four hours.”

So now the two master roasters are scrambling to fill orders — Ryan working out of the Lindens’ cottage in Charlevoix and Ben True, the American record-holder in the 5K road race, from his home in New Hampshire. And what started as coffee “nerds” roasting beans in a popcorn popper — “We set off a lot of fire alarms,” Desiree laughs — is now a fast-growing business in need of a new employee or two.

“You don’t want to grow too fast, and we had done zero sales and zero marketing,” Desiree said. “But it’s a good problem to have.”

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