When the Coffeeburgers of Kentucky were a tiny outpost of the coffee chain, the chain was a $10.5bn enterprise that generated more than $6bn in annual sales.
But now, with its global presence and its massive footprint, the Kentucky-based company is looking to expand.
And as the chain’s future in Kentucky appears to be in doubt, its brand has taken a hit.
In recent months, Kentucky has been hit by an economic downturn, and the coffee chains of Kentucky have been hit especially hard.
The state is one of just a handful of states where the industry has yet to recover, according to the Coffee Council of Kentucky.
In recent months the state lost an estimated $3.4bn in sales due to the recession, according a study from the Kentucky State University.
According to the state’s coffee association, the downturn has put the state in the financial doldrums.
And the impact of the recession on the state economy has already had a ripple effect in other parts of the country.
Last week, Kentucky announced a plan to expand its coffee business to bring the number of locations to 20, and by 2019, the state will add four more.
Kentucky, which has a population of nearly 6 million, has long been one of the most diverse places in the US, with the city of Louisville home to more than 50,000 people and the University of Kentucky home to some 10,000.
But the state has also been hit hard by the recession.
According the American Bar Association, the average annual income in Kentucky was $29,722 in 2015, compared with $35,061 in Missouri and $39,547 in Florida.
More than 60 percent of the state income went to people below the poverty level, and 40 percent to people in the top one-fifth of the income distribution.
And while Kentucky is not the only state to see the impact from the recession and its impact on the economy, it is the only one where the impact is particularly pronounced.
In Kentucky, as many as 80 percent of people have experienced job loss, according the state unemployment agency.
And in Louisville, the unemployment rate stands at 8.7 percent, according Toepfer reported.
In the coming years, the impact on Kentucky’s economy will only get worse.
According to Toepfers latest report, Kentucky is projected to lose $7.5 billion in annual economic activity by 2020.
This is the kind of situation that has led to a growing number of coffee chains and coffee shop franchises in the state.
“I’m not sure there is any other place in the country where you can go and find a community that’s more diverse,” Bob McNeil, who owns a coffee shop franchise in Kentucky and is president of the Kentucky Coffee Club, told Al Jazeera.
“And I think that’s one of those places.”
McNeil is not alone.
In April, Kentucky was hit hard, too.
In a report from the Louisville Courier-Journal, the University University of Louisville said the state had lost $9.5m in annual revenue because of the economic downturn.
According to Toeplift, Kentucky’s economic recovery has been slow and uneven.
It is expected to be only the second time in US history that Kentucky has had a year with a recession and recovery.
“In my mind, it’s an economic disaster,” Toepfin said.
“It’s a national disaster.”
The economic downturn and the recession in other states may not have a long-term impact on coffee shops in Kentucky.
According Toepfind, Kentucky will continue to see a spike in new businesses during the economic recovery.
McNeil said that despite the economic challenges, he is optimistic that the coffee shops of Kentucky will survive.
He believes Kentucky will become a coffee haven again in the future.