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 Wichita. 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 the to-be-roasted 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 build up our community and bring people together.
Colby- Head Roaster
One of LoRo's founding fathers, Colby has been roasting coffee since 2014. He's done a hodge podge of other things throughout the years too, like being an interior designer, barista, 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 passion, 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 has found it to be a space she really enjoys. More than anything else, she loves people, coffee, and seeing the world, and those three passions have taken her all over the world and brought her back to ICT. This gal has a master's in teaching and she is so excited to use her degree to teach others about coffee.
Go-to Coffee Drink: Slightly sweet cold brew with oat milk or a cup of drip coffee, black
My FAVORITE drink though is something different and I can't remember the name of it. It's an espresso shot layered over cold cream and vanilla syrup in a cortado glass. Since it's small, you drink it all at once and as you finish the drink it tastes like coffee ice cream. If anyone knows what this is called please tell me.
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: Denim Overalls. They're quirky and fun and just different enough that people notice.
Alberto- Roasting Apprentice
Surprise! After a recent move from Las Vegas, Alberto has joined our team to learn from Colby about the roasting process. He's worked in coffee for several years and is in process of achieving a Coffee Skills certification from the Specialty Coffee Association.