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Meet the Artist – Homestead Coffee Roasters

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In our house, we.love.coffee!  You could even call it an addiction.  The smell of a perfectly perked cup of coffee, the cup, the cream, the sugar.  The whole experience of it!

When we sat down to work on our monthly themes, the coffee month was pretty much first on the list and we knew we would definitely be featuring coffee from Homestead Coffee Roasters!

My husband and I graduated from High School with Mike and coincidentally, my older brother graduated with Mike’s older brother, Trevor.

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Trevor (left) and Mike (right) Lewis… image source – www.homesteadcoffee.com

We are fans of Homestead Coffee and are excited to share with you a little piece of Upper Black Eddy, PA through this company.

Let’s meet Mike and Homestead Coffee Roasters –

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Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m driven a lot by making improvements. I’m always looking to make our product better, our work environment more fun and productive, and to be progressive in our efforts to lower our carbon footprint.

Why open a store called “Homestead Coffee Roasters”?

It’s a family store name, so it’s inherited, but I love it. “Homestead” makes me think warmth, harmony, caring, humble people with shared focus.

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The General Store along the banks of the Delaware Canal in Upper Black Eddy, PA

Tell us a little about your career…

Coffee Roasting turned from hobby to vocation about 9 years ago. There’s so much to know, see, and do, as well as so many great people to meet up and down the supply chain. It’s never boring! It’s fun to help people cultivate their palates and learn to experience coffee on a higher level.

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What is your specialty?

It’s something akin to menu design for a restaurant. We’ve been doing this for long enough that it feels like we can craft many flavor profiles to match people’s particular tastes. A great piece of that puzzle is sourcing the right coffees! That requires a lot of sampling, talking to people both at farms and importers that work on bringing in different coffees from around the world.

Where does your inspiration come from?

The internet makes it so easy to see amazing things people are doing all over the world in this industry. That’s motivational to all of us, along with each day, each roast, trying to do it better. Technology moves quickly these days and every year there’s no ways of improving your business.

Who/what has been most influential in your career? A Person? A Book? A Life experience?

I tend to read a lot of non fiction, so whether it’s a historical figure or someone in a completely unrelated field(like physics!) I find inspiration in learning more about the universe and world history.

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Where would you like to be in 5 years?

I’d like to continue to feel driven, and like I’ve made the time to pursue my interests, where ever that takes me.

What does handmade mean to you?

In our industry, we all rely on machines, no matter what. Handmade for us means crafted and refined continuously.

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What is the best part about doing what you do?

It opens the door to being creative well outside of your craft, if you are willing to push your comfort zone.

If you could spend time with an influential designer/artist, who would it be?

I like being around positively minded people that are also unafraid of being critical. Almost any artist like that, in most any field is a great conversation and inspiration.

What is one thing you wish people knew about “the handmade life”?

It’s not 9-5, Monday through Friday, and it may well take a long, long time to see your returns! Also…please do something longer than a couple weeks/months before you call what you are doing Artisanal!

What would you like people to know about why it’s important to support the local community/local artists?
It becomes painful to think about how much money leaves your community when you choose not to support local business.

How do you primarily sell your products?  Online, in store, etc?

Business to Business and Online.

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We’re so thankful to be able to introduce you to people and businesses like Mike and Homestead Coffee Roasters.

Have you stopped by the general store to have breakfast or a favorite cup of coffee?  What’s your favorite blend?

Let us know in the comments below or get social with us on Facebook and Instagram.

We can’t wait for you to see what’s in store for next month…but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at one of the businesses we’re featuring in our May box!

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picture courtesy of Neighborgoods

Until Next Time –

Courtney

www.handmadehive.com

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