Our Story

Ross Street Roasting Co. was founded in 2015 after Brian Gumm had spent a year and a half hobby roasting in his garage on Ross Street in Toledo, Iowa. The business scaled up from local word-of-mouth customers to begin serving cafés and retail stores in the Central Iowa area, as well as maintaining an online store that serves the entire US. We have been featured in national coffee subscription services and received great feedback from customers, coffee reviewers, and professional tasters.

In early 2017, after nearly two years of being a one-man operation, Ross Street Roasting was happy to bring in Cedar Rapids-based Brewhemia, LLC, as an active partner in the business.


Our Team

Brian Gumm, Founder Director of Product Development & Roast Production

Brian Gumm, Founder
Director of Product Development & Roast Production

Steve Shriver Director of Business Development

Steve Shriver
Director of Business Development


Our Facility

In our production facility in Tama, Iowa, we roast on an Artisan 6M manufactured by Coffee Crafters in Liberty Lake, Washington. For bean inventory, roast profiling, and logging cupping scores we use the Roastmaster iOS app from Rainfrog, Inc. 

Below is the production workspace in Tama. The table was built by Brian's father and brother, including some wood reclaimed from the Gumm family farm near Monroe, Iowa. The roaster is visible behind the table. We are inspected and licensed as a food processor by the State of Iowa.