Beans are focus of Roasters' current expansion

Posted by Karen Welch on
Roasters Coffee & Tea Co. plans to increase its roasting capacity.
Jackie Smith / Panhandle PBS

By Karen Welch — Senior Content Producer

We drink a massive amount of coffee, if Roasters Coffee & Tea Co.’s current project is any indication.

Roasters is remodeling a 2,000-square-foot building at 1218 S.W. 10th Ave. just to handle the need for increased bean prep.

“We bought a new roaster about five years ago. It was twice the capacity of our old one, and we’re already maxing out now,” owner Craig Gualtiere said of the roaster in operation at the Roasters’ flagship Georgia Street location. “This roaster can do, at max, 30 pounds (of beans)-plus every 12 to 15 minutes. And we’re going to be doubling that.

“It’s a good problem to have.”

The building Gaultiere secured is next door to a warehouse he already uses. A new roaster will be acquired, and all roasting operations will be moved there, he said.

The project should run about $70,000, he said.

Gaultiere hopes to have renovations completed by year’s end and acquire the roaster in early 2018.

Karen Welch is a senior content producer for Panhandle PBS. She can be contacted at Karen.Welch@actx.edu, at @KWelch806 on Twitter and on Facebook. Subscribe to the Panhandle PBS BizHere podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud to hear more business news and interviews.

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