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Avenue 209 installs its own coffee bean roaster

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Avenue 209 Coffee House owner Josh Grimes, left, and manager Jared Conti inspect some coffee beans after they were run through the roaster.

By LAURA JAMESON

ljameson@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — Something new has come to Avenue 209 Coffee House at 209 Bellefonte Ave.

The shop recently purchased a coffee bean roaster to provide fresh coffee to its patrons in house.

“I want it to take our coffee to the next level because we can spend more time refining our roasts,” owner Josh Grimes said.

The large machine was installed in the back room of the shop this week and already Grimes, who has been roasting coffee for nine years, has put the machine to work.

Before the machine was installed, Grimes would roast coffee beans at Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Company in Williamsport.

“We roast about every two weeks depending on how much we need,” store manager Jared Conti said. “We’re hoping to use it a bit more frequently. We have some smaller and bigger clients and we do supply coffee to a local business and local church.”

Having a roaster on site gives the shop a chance to provide coffee bean roasting to other area businesses.

“It opens up opportunities to roast for whole sale,” Grimes said.

Plans to purchase the roaster began in the fall of 2018 when the company put together a business plan, Grimes said.

“We really benefited a lot from the community’s help,” Conti said. “A lot of local people loaned money towards the purchase.”

This was done through a Kiva Campaign with the Covation Center in Williamsport, Grimes said.

Currently Grimes roasts Indian, Columbian, Zambia, Elsalvador and Brazilian coffee.

Conti plans to become certified in roasting as well to help Grimes with the process.

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