Roasting Operations

Clayton Store

Coffee Shop with Roasting Operation

Rebuilt  on site 1957 Probot Roaster

 Northwest Coffee Roasting

After witnessing the seeds of the burgeoning coffee boom, moved to St. Louis from Seattle to establish a highly successful artisanal coffee roaster/retailer and chain of coffee shops.  I Acted as project manager on the building, equipping, stocking and establishment of 11 stores in the St. Louis region from 1992 – 1996, each store averaging 1700 sq/ft, with an average of 8 employees, costing $100K each. In 2003, I established wholesale operations, converting an old gas station into a roasting plant with a large outdoor multi-event space, using a re-established 1957 Probot roaster, roasting 1,000 pounds of coffee per week, providing wholesale beans to 80 accounts both local and statewide and growing at an average of 17% per year. I Provided small business growth expertise in lease negotiations, architectural design development, construction documentation, legal licensing, tenant improvements and FF&E  as a consultant for six local start-up coffee shops. Voted Best Non-Chain Artisan Coffee Roaster 5 years in a row by Sauce Magazine. In 2013 I sold the company, and the new owner is operating successfully today.

Two Employees in uniform at our Clayton Store

Roasting Operations