Who We Are
Local Roasters is a coffee roasting company based in Wichita, Kansas. Founded in 2018 by a couple of coffee lovers, we are a family-run business committed to the growth and development of the Wichita community. Our coffees are roasted in small batches, bagged by hand, and nitrogen-flushed to ensure maximum freshness and an extended shelf life. As a small business, we also take great responsibility for the impact of our purchases; we do everything in our power to purchase green coffee from farmers who respect their workers and pay them a fair wage. Our mission is to support our community as we know best: with coffee that wakes you up and makes you smile. When deciding on the name for our roasting company, this mission is what we wanted to embody. Coffee is very social and we want to use it to bring people together.
Colby- Head Roaster
One of LoRo's founding fathers, Colby has been roasting coffee since 2014 but working in coffee for much longer. He's done a hodge podge of other things throughout the years too, like being an interior designer, farmer, furniture builder, et cetera. He has been a musician his entire life and is currently scoring short films and recording albums. Coffee and music are Colby's passions, and it really comes through in his work. Some people might even say he's funny, though most probably wouldn't agree...
Go-to Coffee Drink: Straight Espresso
Favorite Movies: John Carpenter's The Thing, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Rushmore
If I were an ice cream flavor: Coffee Ice Cream (he swears it's not because he owns a roasting company)
Jason- Business Manager
The other founding father of Local Roasters is our man Jason. Jason is the business backbone of LoRo while also acting as the man-in-charge at Spectrum Promotional. He's a gardner, a family man, and a chemist: ask him about his hot sauce experiments. Jason loves problem solving and loves to celebrate a solved problem with a whiskey on the rocks.
Go-To Coffee Drink: Drip coffee or an americano
Favorite Movies: Jason Bourne movies and whatever my wife wants to watch
If I were a geographical region: Costa Rica because of the varying typography and the really delicious avocados.
Summer- Sales & Marketing
Summer keeps the ship running! She's the gal behind our social media, wholesale, and retail. She's worked in and out of coffee since 2016 and loves how it's been a space for growth and new friends. Summer has her bachelor's in educational ministry and her master's in elementary education and is so excited to use her degrees to educate people about coffee. Her favorite things in the world are making new friends, seeing the world, and celebrating the small things. Give her some biodegradable confetti and you have a friend for life.🎊
Go-to Coffee Drink: A traditional cappuccino with cocoa dusted on top or a breve bomb (house-made vanilla or death).
Favorite Movies: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs II
If I Were a Piece of Clothing: Overalls. They're quirky and fun and just different enough that people notice.
Alberto- Assistant Roaster & Research and Development
Alberto has worked in coffee for over 7 years and is a Specialty Coffee Association licensed barista. He came into coffee after his time at WSU as an engineering student where he developed skills that he now uses as a foundation of coffee roasting and brewing! Alberto is originally from Las Vegas and after leaving WSU, he worked in various coffee shops and roasters on the west coast. During that time, he also studied at the San Diego Coffee Institute, where he received his Coffee Foundations and Barista licenses from the Specialty Coffee Association. Now back in Wichita, Alberto continues to research and study coffee in hopes of becoming a certified Q-Grader, a coffee professional that scores and classifies coffee quality, to better serve the growing coffee community in Wichita!
Go-to Coffee Drink: A 1+1: double shot of espresso split into two cups, one by itself and one with steamed milk.
Favorite Movies: Whiplash and Talladega Nights
If I were an animal: I'd be a PARTY animal! 🤪 Or a capybara.