It's been quiet here on the blog for a few months, but don't let that fool you: We've been working very hard, getting ready to take Ross Street Roasting Co. into what I'll call "Phase 2" of this new business venture in specialty coffee, from a rural small town. This will be our first full year as a micro-roaster and we have some big stuff in the pipeline!
A New Home
If you're a current customer on the newsletter, or a follower on our various social media channels, you'll know this has been coming since January. We bought a building in Tama, Iowa (part of the two-town community of Tama-Toledo), and are nearing the end of the initial renovation. We hope to move in and pass inspection in early April. Our thanks to Marty Hardon of Hardon's Services, our local general contractor for this project. They installed me at my current temp facility, so it feels great to work with someone local and who already knows our facilities needs.
Over the past few months, I've been working with Schleitheim Designs (on Facebook), with my talented graphic designer, Eddie Gonzalez, who's put together some amazing artwork that is now the cover photo for the website & social media channels, and which will also be used in our new bag labels. We also refreshed the logo just a bit to add some spark.
I love working with talented, creative folks because it always seems to take whatever modest bit of talent, creativity, and craft that I have - and boosts it to the next level. I'm thrilled with what Eddie @ Schleitheim came up with, and I can't recommend him enough if you're looking for some graphic design work.
2016 has already shaped up to be a thrilling year, with these and other new business developments. We can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings once we're in the new building and have our new branding fully rolled out.
New Direct Trade Coffee
We are very happy to be rolling out the second coffee from our Direct Trade partnership with Gold Mountain Coffee Growers in Nicaragua: Sebastiana Family Farm. Click the link to red more about (and buy, of course!) this smallholder farm specialty coffee. It has a great story.