HOUSTON, Minn. — Bob Carlson expects to roast about 12,000 kilos of espresso beans this yr at Carlson Roasting Co. in downtown Houston, which he and his spouse, Mimi, launched in November 2015.
That may be six instances as a lot as the two,000 kilos of espresso that he roasted through the first yr of the Carlsons’ small batch artisan espresso roasting enterprise.
Carlson attributes the expansion to including new prospects, and elevated purchases by current prospects.
Carlson Roasting wholesales its roasted espresso to 12 space grocery shops, together with the Folks’s Meals Co-op in La Crosse and the Bluff Nation Co-op in Winona, Minn., and the 2 co-ops additionally carry its chilly brew espresso focus.
Carlson Roasting additionally sells its espresso to seven space cafes and occasional retailers, together with Cool Beans Espresso Store in La Crosse and the Free Vary Change in Hokah, Minn.
On-line gross sales to customers are also a serious supply of enterprise for Carlson Roasting.
“Individuals are getting extra accustomed to our model, so our grocery retailer gross sales have elevated by a major quantity,” Carlson mentioned. “And a few of our espresso store prospects have been very profitable within the enterprise that they’ve constructed.”
Carlson mentioned his firm’s general gross sales have continued to develop, regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic.