Chic Spotlight: Third Wave Water

Chic Spotlight: Third Wave Water

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A Dayton-based company took its idea to the Sharks and got one to bite! Read on to see how they can help you serve up a cleaner cup ‘o joe!

Third Wave Water owners, Charles Nick and Taylor Minor pose with Scott Koorndyk, president of Dayton’s Entrepreneurs Center.

Cincy Chic: What is Third Wave Water?
Jordan Sok, Third Wave Water Director of Communications: Third Wave Water, located in Cedarville, Ohio, was born in a conversation between two coffee fanatics trying to solve a long-standing coffee issue: water quality. Taylor Minor and Charles Nick launched the company by sponsoring and displaying their product at the Barista Guild of America’s event, “Bloom” in Chicago, Oct. 26-28, 2016. Since then the product has been sold in all 50 states and over 50 countries.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Third Wave Water?
Sok: Like most good things, it all started over a good meal and a beer. Two coffee shop owners, Taylor and Charles, were having lunch at Thai 9 when Charles mentioned wishing he could make a concentrate of Taylor’s perfected water blend to use for his coffee customers. That’s when the idea of “dehydrated water” was born. The rest is history.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Third Wave Water?
Sok: Charles Nick and Taylor Minor. Charles is passionate about entrepreneurship, aviation and of course, coffee. He has worked for many great organizations including: NASA, Boeing, Learjet, the US Air Force (civilian), The Spaceship Company and more. In 2014, he created Douvalis Labs as a think tank after stumbling into lean business principles (thank you Eric Ries). Later in 2015 he created The Wright Cup with a mission to help you discover great coffee. You will find him speaking in the Dayton, Ohio startup ecosystem, performing research in the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) industry for the FAA, or working on revolutionary projects like Third Wave Water. Taylor’s love for people, coffee, and technology has given him numerous unique opportunities over the years. From the creation of his coffee shop, Telemetry Coffee Roasters, in 2008, to being featured in the Wall Street Journal as an early adopter of crypto-currency in 2013, Taylor has always looked for the next challenge. Whether he is rebuilding a vintage Ambex roaster, creating a custom semi-volumetric Nuova Simonelli, or designing a variable TDS filtration system, Taylor enjoys leaving his unique style on projects. If you visit Telemetry, you may find him in his lab, perched over a microscope, looking for the next project.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about your appearance on Shark Tank!
Sok: Not only did local startup Third Wave Water appear on Shark Tank on Sunday evening, but owners Taylor Minor and Charles Nick landed a deal with Barbara Corcoran, billion-dollar real estate mogul, for a $100,000 investment. Third Wave Water impressed Sharks with the dramatic difference in coffee after using the company’s capsule, which creates a delicate balance of minerals for coffee’s water, ensuring a perfect cup every time.

Cincy Chic: How did Third Wave Water get started?
Sok: Third Wave Water is a client of the Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) program and the Entrepreneurial Services Provider (ESP), an initiative of the Ohio Third Frontier. The ESP supports startups like Third Wave Water with developmental services, such as mentoring, prototyping, and business strategy.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about Third Wave Water?
Sok: For more information on Third Wave Water and how it is changing the coffee industry, go to For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.