In 2002, Bruce Constantine and Chris McLean started ESPRO, a Canadian coffee innovation company. The company was founded with the goal of reinventing standard products, such as the French press, to better meet the needs of coffee and espresso enthusiasts around the world. The ESPRO Press became a huge hit as it solves for the most common complaints about traditional French presses, such as grittiness, the inability to keep coffee hot, and continuous extraction, which makes the coffee stronger. ESPRO needed additional funding in order to expand distribution. Most of the Canadian-based company’s retailers are located in the United States, leading to the challenges of longer payment times and a belabored process for the collection of invoice payments.