LEXINGTON, Ky. (5/9/13) – A good cup of coffee starts with a good roast.
This statement encapsulates Nate’s Coffee’s business creed--making high quality, small batch coffee.
Nate’s Coffee is a relatively new coffee roasting company that has a myopic focus on serving the absolute best cup of coffee. Owner Nathan Polly states, “I just want to roast the highest quality coffee and enhance people’s knowledge.”
Polly began roasting at home with a popcorn popper. Nate’s Coffee was founded due to self-taught skills, trial and error, and a single-minded passion for coffee.
Today, Nate’s Coffee is a well-oiled machine—quite literally. The business employs a large-scale roaster that produces a variety of coffees that range from the North Lime Espresso Blend with “undertones of milk chocolate, sweet peach, and walnut” and the Sumatra Mandheling, an “earthy, dark roast.”
One of the 7 different options is a charity blend in which 1 dollar of each pound goes to a charity that changes monthly. Last month, the charity was the International Book Project, which provides more than 200,000 books to schools, libraries, churches, and the Peace Corp.
For Polly, roasting is very similar to a science experiment. Polly continually evaluates coffee from all over the world, importing the best from sourcing companies who work directly with the farmers. New coffee beans face a strenuous testing process that includes roasting batches on 4 different scales. Each batch is a product of precise measurement, time, temperature, and weights.
Nate’s Coffee is served at North Lime Coffee and Donuts, with a full menu of gourmet coffee beverages. For iced coffee addicts, growlers (0.5 gallons) of iced coffee are available for purchase.
Nate’s Coffee is also served at Minton’s and (upcoming) the Jax. Polly is looking to sell at local groceries such as Whole Foods and Fresh Market.
Nate’s is interested in “coffee as part of the meal,” a popular dining trend in Italy.
“Coffee can be the period at the end of your sentence, or it can be an exclamation point,” said Polly.
Nate’s Coffee recently partnered with Country Boy Brewing to create coffee beers. On May 18, Polly will be serving Nate’s Coffee all day at Country Boy Brewing for their All Day Coffee and Breakfast event. This event is part of Lexington Craft Beer Week.
Eventually, Polly would like to open a storefront. For now, he wants to maintain focus on perfecting his craft. He states, "I just want people to drink good coffee."
Photos provided by Kristie Powell
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