Montgomery, Pennsylvania — Mariah Wagner realized there was a shortage of vendors selling hot drinks when she brought her whoopie pie business to the event.
Many of these events were held outdoors, some in cooler weather. Her Wagner, who runs Wagner’s Wasted Whooopes with her husband Jesse, figured she could expand her business to fill that niche.
“We thought, ‘What goes better with whoopie pie than coffee?'” Wagner said.
Thus began the journey to launch Buckin’ Bean Coffee Co.
“They have a lot of mobile coffee shops in the West, especially in California,” Wagner said. “I’ve never seen so many here.”
The Wagners of Montgomery decided to purchase an old horse trailer with the intention of converting it into a food service trailer.
“Hence the name Buckin’ Bean,” Wagner explained.
But when we looked at the cost of refurbishing trailers in the 1970s, we found that it wasn’t realistic. The Wagners purchased a more modern trailer and equipped it with facilities for brewing coffee and other beverages.
By February 2023, it will be ready for launch. Their first installation was in front of the Rich Port Adventure Company in Muncie.
Wagner said of business owner Orlando Rodriguez Polanco, “We are friends with the owner of Rich Port and they let us start there.
Since then, Buckin’ Bean has expanded to other locations in Lycoming County, including Divine Providence Hospital and Don Waltman’s Marketplace. Wagner added that he is still staying at the Rich Port Adventure Company for a few days.
Buckin’ Bean specializes in hot or iced coffee. Flavors are available — Wagner says there are up to 26 flavors.
“You can make your own to your liking. The drinks we offer can be made regular or unsweetened,” Wagner said.
Flavors include vanilla, butterscotch, peanut butter, mint, caramel, and brown sugar cinnamon. Buckin’ Bean also sells iced tea and Cowboy His Refresher, a carbonated refreshing drink. Plant-based energy shots can be added to the refresher.
Buckin’ Bean’s business took off, but according to Wagner: not yet I run a Whoopie Pie business. Flavored, booze-infused whoopie pies are available in coffee trailers at most locations.
Spring is going to be a busy one for Buckinbean, as the Wagners have signed on as vendors at a number of events. This includes McClure’s Baconfest on April 15 in McClure, Snyder County.
“We feature bacon coffee,” said Wagner.
Other events scheduled include a craft fair and the first Williamsport Cars and Coffee event of the season on March 18th.
“We are based in the Williamsport area, but can travel up to an hour radius,” Wagner says.
Buckin’ Bean has been out in the community for just over a month, but Wagner says the public has embraced it.
“We definitely started getting followers,” she said.
She recently launched a loyalty card program where customers buy nine and get the 10th drink free.
Buckin’ Bean’s schedule can be found on their Facebook page. Keep up to date with Wagner’s Wasted Whooopes on Facebook.