Owner and Operator of the Blue Bean Coffee shop, Danae Leverett moved to Oklahoma in 1997 with children Glen and Amanda. After leaving Chicago in 1985 for the sunny state of California, she relocated to Laguna Hills and finally became a coffee lover at age 32.
Before children Danae had a career in bookkeeping and property management for a commercial brokerage firm in Newport Beach, CA. After having her second child, Glen, she became a stay at home mom for the next 16 years. She spent her spare time generously volunteering her time with the Parent Teacher Association, elementary yearbook productions, Awana Clubs within her church, and on the volunteer board at Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.
After moving to Oklahoma, Danae met her husband Ken of 12 years and gained two more lovely children named Zach and Megan. In Danae’s spare time she enjoys running, taking walks with her husband, cooking, and going to dinners with her friends and grown-up children.
When Danae first moved to south Oklahoma City she was astonished to find that the area contained only one coffee shop. She decided to execute her plan of sharing the love of coffee with the “southsiders” and opened the Blue Bean Coffee Company in 2006. Danae describes her favorite part about her job as, “meeting people and building relationships…’sprinkling the salt’ after all in the end that is what really matters.” Danae’s favorite drink is a hot mocha with extra foam!
Nancy started working for the Blue Bean Coffee Company upon its grand opening in 2006. Nancy didn’t like coffee when she first started working at “The Bean” but she was quickly swept under caffeine’s addiction and now loves sugar free salted caramel mochas! Ask her to make you one!
Originally from Iowa, she moved to Oklahoma at the age of seven and went on to graduate from Putnam City West. Nancy has two daughters named Stacy and Kacy, son in law Chris, and honorary daughter Lacey. She is also a “Naw Naw” to Londyn, Brooklyn, and Irelyn. Aside from being an amazing parent and barista, Nancy is also an avid runner and OKC Thunder’s number one fan! In her 10 year long running career, Nancy has completed 1 full marathon, 10 half marathons, and countless 5k and 10k races. She runs with the Southside Running Club who meets at the Blue Bean after their Saturday morning runs.
Katie began her journey at the Blue Bean Coffee Company in 2010 upon graduating from Southmoore High School. She is now majoring in communication with a minor in health and exercise science at the University of Oklahoma. Katie hopes to enter into the field of public relations upon graduating in May 2014. Katie has two younger siblings, Austin and Faith who love coming into the Blue Bean with her parents. In her free time, Katie enjoys running, hiking, shopping, traveling, and getting tattoos with Nancy.
Here at the Blue Bean Katie is known for baking her delicious cupcakes and creatively ruining people’s diets. Her favorite drink is a toasted marshmallow latte and in the summer time she loves bananas foster over ice. Come in and let her make you one!
Michelle discovered the Blue Bean as an avid smoothie lover when it first opened its doors in 2006. Originally from Wilburton, Oklahoma, she resided in Oklahoma and Texas for most of her life. Michelle graduated with a bachelors degree in early childhood and elementary education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and went on to become a state certified elementary school teacher. Michelle currently works at Primrose School of SW Oklahoma City. Her 19 year old daughter Taylor lives in Wilburton, OK where she attends nursing school.
Michelle now lives in Norman with her boyfriend Rick of seven years. She is also the proud owner of four dogs Gracie, Mollie, Emma, and Chloe, and foster dog Boss. In her free time she enjoys going to Westmoore Community Church, reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle’s favorite drink is a quad shot mayflower. “If we had a bigger cup, it would be 5 shots.”