We started here…
After a successful launch at the farmer’s market, Chris knew he was on to something special. He also knew that if his fledgling business was to be sustainable for the long-term, he would need a commercial production space. He launched a crowdfunding campaign banking on the fact that locals were invested in Patriot’s success. The campaign was an overwhelming success, surpassing 110% of our fundraising goal.
On January 1, 2016, Chris opened the doors to his very own commercial coffee roastery, the first of its kind in his hometown. With a brand new US Roaster Corp 5 Kilo roaster (“Sadie”), Patriot Coffee Roasters was now positioned to elevate the coffee experience at local coffee shops and cafes, along with the home brewing needs of our community.
Soon after, Chris hired his his first employee, Nicole Maddock, who began as an volunteer apprentice and quickly proved herself a formidable roaster. She would become the first roaster in central Florida to earn the SCA Roaster Level One certification. The two soon traveled to Colombia to participate in the Best Cup competition and secured some of the top coffees in the country at auction.
Today, Nicole is Patriot’s lead roaster and production manager.
We recognize that the great privilege of operating our roastery would also not be possible without the brave men and women who sacrifice so much to protect our way of life. As a veteran owned business, we understand well the challenges these men and women face. In 2017 we launched what is now Operation Hero’s Salute, 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.