Passion for coffee and local community.
Steve Hawthorne, Coffee Buyer/Roaster/Head Trainer/Janitor
My personal affair with coffee began at an incredibly young age. Many hours of my youth were spent visiting with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins over a cup of coffee. My addiction to coffee developed in high school. I would stop into my local coffee shop most mornings on my way to school. On one such morning, I came up a little short on spare change to buy my daily cup. I thought I could flash a smile to the nice barista behind the counter and get my coffee…when she politely declined, I noticed a “now hiring” sign that offered a free cup of coffee for a completed application. A few quick pen strokes later, I was out the door with my coffee. To my surprise, I received a phone call and job offer in the next two days.
My career would take me from making lattes behind the counter, to climbing the hills of El Salvador in search of top quality coffees, to spending weeks at a time jet-setting around the world to find unique coffees and build relationships. I learned to appreciate all of the skill and dedication that went into roasting and brewing the perfect cup of coffee as well as the passion and hard work that goes into growing and harvesting coffees around the world.
After more than 13 years of working in the coffee industry, I’m ready for this new adventure. My goal is to handcraft top quality coffees that are unique and accessible. I want to build sustainable and lasting relationships with my customers and the growers that work tirelessly to produce our coffees. I want to channel my passion and experience into a product that I’m proud enough to put my family’s name on.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
Coffee brought us together. We met working together in the coffee industry. Kendra is one of Milwaukee's most talented baristas having spent the last 12 years honing her craft. She's often the friendly face behind the counter in the shop and pouring coffee for community events.
Many hours, many cups of coffee and three beautiful children later we've settled down on Milwaukee's south side. Shortly after purchasing our home, we realized that we had overlooked one crucial aspect of our new neighborhood...there wasn't a single coffee shop within walking distance. Eight years later, we went ahead and just opened our own. Living and working in our neighborhood as been an incredible experience. Watching families, friends and neighbors gather in our shop to share the business we've worked so hard to build is a pleasure.