When Jeff and I first launched Tinker Coffee in 2014, our ambitions were pretty simple: roast incredible coffee and share it with the world. We built the company roast by roast right in our own neighborhood out of a small single-story building, and filled just about every workable square foot with coffee, coffee bags, coffee brewers, and team members.
As our business started to grow and the coffee scene continued to improve here in town, we went from roasting one or maybe two days a week to roasting three or four days a week (*LeBron voice* and then five and then six). Our 1991 Probat L12 was logging some serious miles, often turning on at 5:00am and not turning off until 5:00pm or later (except, of course, for a quick lunch break).
With the amount of time we were spending roasting we knew we had to make a change. We were already bursting at the seams getting wholesale orders out the door every week, so we made the decision to start looking for a new home.
As the search for our new location began, we had a few criteria that we needed to hit. One: we wanted to stay downtown. Two: we needed enough space to grow. Three: we needed a space that would be suitable for our first cafe. We toured several buildings around town, but none really hit all our criteria in a way that made sense both practically and financially. Finally after months of searching and hard work, we found the building at 1125 West 16th and knew we had found our new home. Affectionately known as “The Hangar,” this 10,000sqft building gives us plenty of room to grow, and also plenty of room for our brand new (and state of the art) Loring S35 Kestrel roaster.
While its bittersweet to leave our original home, we’re absolutely thrilled to show you our new production space. We’re even more excited to get to work on our flagship cafe, which we’re hoping to complete by late summer 2019.
So what’s changing with our move to the new space? In a nutshell, not too much. We’ll likely make some small shifts to our schedule, but those changes should all be pretty minor. We’re also completely open to the public at the new space, so you’re welcome to stop by the “Roastery Entrance” in the back of the building and grab a retail bag of coffee whenever necessary. We’ll also be getting back into the groove of hosting cupping classes in the new year, so keep an eye out for those announcements on social media!
We can’t thank you enough for all your support through the years, and we’re excited to celebrate this new chapter of Tinker Coffee with you.