HOWDY! And welcome back to Coffee Talk. In our last post, we talked about Social Cup and what their business looks like. In this post, we will talk about our favorite coffee company, Independence Coffee.
Independence Coffee Co. was established in 2001 in our neighboring town, Brenham. In 2003 they made their first batch of coffee and today continue to “roast over 300,000 pounds of high grown Arabica coffees from thirteen different producing countries.” You can find a selection of their products at your local HEB or Whole Foods Market. Or, you can visit your favorite local coffeehouse, The Brew. All of our coffee and espresso come from Independence Coffee Co. This month, we are brewing one of our personal favorites, the Madalyn’s Backyard Pecan. For more information, you can visit their website here: Independence Coffee
Independence Coffee Co:
- Who are you?
Ragan Bond: Co – Founder/Roaster and Business Growth Fanatic (Since 2001)
- What is something special about your coffee company?
We are a medium-sized family owned business that started with a coffee shop in 2001. In 2003, I attended a roasting school in Florida. I bought a 10 lb. roaster and 5 bags of high grown Central American beans on that trip. I guess you’d say “I got the buzz” on that trip. The sights, sounds, and smell of the roasting process intrigued me. It’s 50% science and 50% art.
We are Fair Trade Certified, Whole Trade Certified by Whole Foods, a Go Texan Member, and one of the only GMP Certified (for FDA) roasters in Texas.
Traceability: Our roasting and packaging process is one of a kind. We trace each and every bean from the farm to the cup that you are drinking. We can tell when we receive the beans, who roasted them, who put them in a bag, and which customer is drinking each roast in their home.
- What is your favorite thing about coffee?
The roasting and cupping process. Coffee goes through a long journey from the farm to our bag. We create lasting relationships with farmers, co-ops, and distributors which insure that we are paying a fair price and acquiring only the best beans from origin. Once we receive shipments, the roasting process is at our core. I started roasting on October 3rd, 2003. Each of our roasters, Nate and Scotty have been trained by me. We do not rely on computers in our process. This is ‘old school’ roasting at its best. Nothing has changed in our roasting process since day one.
- How did you get involved in the coffee business?
My first real taste of high grown specialty coffees came in July of 1996. A friend of mine brought me a bag of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from a trip to Amsterdam. The cup characteristics were like nothing I had ever had before and I was immediately hooked. I spent the next 5 years trying every specialty coffee I could find. Luckily, I was able to chase the dream and Independence became one of the early pioneers in the Texas coffee scene.
- What is one thing you think we need to know?
That we always put our best foot forward in everything we do!
Thank you so much to Independence Coffee for sharing your story with us! We enjoy your business and much more so your coffee!
For more information, you can watch their video down below:
Thanks again for reading!