After owning and operating a coffee house for over nine years, I had finally lost my patience. For years I had waited for a local roaster to come on to the scene. Being completely obsessed with quality and freshness I finally realized that if I ever hoped to achieve the level of quality I desired for my most important ingredient, I would have to tackle this challenge myself. So in December 2014 I embarked on a journey to bring small-batch roasted coffee to my home town.
My aim was to develop a product that would expand the possibilities of what a great cup of coffee can be for our customers. Soon, Patriot Coffee Roasters was conceived. Its namesake a tribute to the individuals who have served or continue to serve in our armed forces.
After completing roasting classes in San Francisco and honing my craft for some time on a small drum roaster, I decided I was ready to put my plan into action. I built a cart meant to showcase my new product at the local farmer’s market. The goal was simple: to earn one customer at a time by educating them on how truly diverse and wonderful the world of coffee is. I worked hard to fundamentally change the way our community thought about coffee.
The next step would be to build a roastery capable of supplying the needs of my cafe, and of local restaurants and retailers. Given the wonderful interplay of coffee and community, I felt that a crowdfunding campaign would be the perfect way to get the community engaged while raising funds to build-out the roastery. The campaign was an overwhelming success, exceeding the $15,000 goal by over 10%!
With the roastery completed in December 2015, I had finally realized my dream of bringing freshly roasted, small batch coffee to Central Florida. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to the community of people who have had a hand in bringing this dream to life. It would not have been possible without them. The great privelidge of operating my own business would also not be possible without the brave men and women who sacrifice so much to protect our way of life. In 2017 we launched Operation Gratitude, a means by which a unit from any branch of service could be nominated to receive a free coffee care package. It’s one small way we demonstrate our appreciation.
Thanks for giving us an opportunity to serve you. It’s a privelidge we don’t take lightly.
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Lakeland, FL 33803
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