When Sidecar Coffee Roasters opened in late November of 2012, I didn't know what to expect. I started small, bootstrapping it the entire way, with the mantra of "be the change". The support from the community has been tremendous.
About 1,000 roasts later, Sidecar is busy defining the coffee culture in Cedar Falls. I am partnering with with a group of coffee lovers to open Sidecar Coffee Shop on College Hill and I am about to welcome a new member to the Sidecar family.
The current roaster, a Diedrich IR 2.5 (2.5 Kg) is headed to the hill to make room for a Diedrich IR 12 (12 Kg) roaster. The new roaster is a scaled up version of the 2.5, allow for greater consistency and efficiency, while maintaining the essence of craft roasting.
You'll see me up on the hill working on new coffees and doing coffee roasting demonstrations, while much of the production roasting will continue downtown.