Ross Street Roasting Co. was founded in 2015 by small-town Iowa native, Brian Gumm. Brian 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 2016, we moved into our 800 sq ft production facility in Tama, Iowa. In 2017 the business grew by over 160%, making significant progress on our mission to "Turn coffee drinkers into coffee lovers." In 2019 we hired our first employee, making progress on our goal to create exciting new professional opportunities in our rural community.
We maintain a multi-year Direct Trade coffee relationships with Gold Mountain Coffee Growers (Nicaragua) and Benchmark Coffee Traders (Papua New Guinea), using their high-grade specialty coffees in our Single Origin and Gourmet Blends.
In our production facility in Tama, Iowa, we roast on an Artisan 6M manufactured by Coffee Crafters of Post Falls, Idaho. For bean inventory, roast profiling, and logging cupping scores we use the Roastmaster iOS app from Rainfrog, Inc.
Below is the our roast production & part-time café space 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 by the State of Iowa for food production & retail foodservice.