[Homeroast] Another home roaster takes the plunge
Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
sweetmarias at sweetmarias.com
Wed May 19 11:01:48 CDT 2010
Thanks for sharing this Michael. You know, before home roasting was
widespread people would just open roasting shops never having
produced a single pound of coffee before. Now they have a pretty deep
experience to draw upon, and I think it makes for much better
success. Good luck to you!
>I know this a home roasters list. This is where i started. I just want
> to share my excitement with fellow enthusiasts.
>I took my first big
>plunge when i got a 3kilo USRC roaster and leased a small warehouse
>space to start going after wholesale accounts. That was in January.
>And things have been good. Every month has trumped the previous month,
>got one really good account (she owns 2 cafes and catering business), a
>few smaller accounts, and more in the works.
>NOW, i've been
>approached to buy a coffee house here in town. The potential here is
>huge. I'd move my roaster into the cafe, clear out all nick-knacks they
> have cluttering the space, simplify the menu, retrain the staff, and
>bring the focus back to coffee.
>I thought i took my biggest risk
>earlier this year when i signed the lease to the warehouse. But i still
> work weekends at my "regular" job. If this deal comes through, NOW
>i'll be taking my biggest risk. I'd have to quit my job to devote
>myself full time to the cafe and wholesale business.
>My bank is
>looking in to what they could offer me as far as financing, so this
>might not even work out at all if the financing doesn't come through.
> my roasting began with sweet marias. It started with the i-Roast 2,
>then the Behmor. I actually had my first wholesale account with the
>Behmor (my church). I still read and follow the list and contribute
>when i can. So if nothing else, this is a letter of thanks. To Tom
>especially, and to all you who make this list what it is.
>I have no
>idea what God has in store for me next. It might be to buy and revamp
>this cafe, it might be to be turned down on the financing and focus on
>wholesale, heck it might be to fail entirely in the coffee biz (i sure
>One thing is certain; it's been one heck of a ride and i
>am very blessed to have found a hobby that i might could make a living
>Okay now i'm rambling. it's nearing midnight and i've got
>deliveries in the morning and about 15 pounds to grind.
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