As a coffee lover, what could be more satisfying than conducting an interview with Michael Lewis, co-owner of Homestead Coffee Roasters, as he serves me a delicious tasting latte in his 19th Century roasting barn alongside the gorgeous Delaware River towpath in Upper Black Eddy? On this day, I would say nothing was more satisfying. While Michael and I spoke, Trevor Lewis, his brother, business partner, and chief roast master, was in the other room, transforming green coffee beans into perfectly roasted beans.
Homestead Coffee Roasters started in the Homestead General Store building years ago by Michael and Trevor’s father. They moved into the roasting barn seven years ago, just about a year after Michael joined the business with his father. Trevor came on board five years ago. While Trevor does all the roasting, Michael does sales, shipping, delivering, wholesale customer relationships, training, and equipment repair. Semi-retired, their father and stepmother are still involved in running the store along with a few other projects.
Sample Homestead Coffee Roasters!
- Saturday, June 4 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Saturday, June 11 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Enjoy 20% off beans roasted by Homestead Coffee Roasters in June!
How did the original Lewis coffee roaster get started in the business? Michael explains: “Even ten years ago it was hard to find a craft coffee roaster in the US; they didn’t exist. My father had been to Europe and was blown away by the quality of the product. Through research, he was able to find a roaster and some good green coffee and started experimenting.”
After a short while, Michael showed interest in the business and his father started teaching him everything he knew. “Now it’s been ten years of evolution and learning and I’m still learning. It takes a long time to understand some of the nuances of the business.”
Michael comments on the various facets of the business he enjoys and notes that it always stays interesting. Getting to know the coffee farmers is a big part of what is so engaging. “The renaissance that is happening in the US with coffee consumption – looking for new flavors, etc. – is also happening on the farm level. Coffee growers from country to country are more easily able to share information and improve the quality of their product. Introducing cupping and getting the producers certified in scoring coffees allows them to better understand quality differences and what a buyer is looking for.”
Then Michael continues, “On the consumption side, quality roasted coffee is falling in line nicely with the foodie craze. People want the better product – whether it’s craft food, or craft beer or craft coffee. The customers definitely keep me inspired. I enjoy making a product people enjoy. I like pairing coffee with someone’s taste and personality. It’s a lot of fun to be part of it all.”
Homestead Coffee Roasters values and cultivates relationships with their farmers and their wholesale and retail customers, as they improve and grow each year. It’s great to have the Doylestown Food Market as the sole local retailer selling the coffee.
And good for all coffee lovers that there is a 20% discount on all Homestead Coffee purchases during the month of June.
You will have the opportunity to meet Michael and sample his coffee on two different Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM: June 4 and June 11.