A convergence of factors — some pandemic-related, others not — inspired the Roastwell Coffee Roasters founders to launch their business: Extra time at home. Social distancing that limited access to shops. And their dismal opinion of coffee poured at most national chains.
For Jamie Bowers and Chris Corey, that latter point alone was enough to awaken a desire to home-roast coffee beans.
The first attempt didn’t end well.
“It smoked up the house something awful!” Corey chronicled on the business’ website.
Eventually, though, with some formal education on the subject, he produced rich, quality beans.
In considering flavors, he turned to Bowers’ deep culinary skills. Borrowing a technique associated with crafting spirits, they began barrel-aging their roasts, imbuing them with unique tastes.
Business has been brisk and immensely satisfying for the partners.
“If there’s one indisputable fact about coffee, it’s that coffee brings people together,” Corey wrote. “Jamie and I wanted something we could build and enjoy together but just as importantly to share something we truly enjoy with like-minded people.”
The business currently sells four varieties:
- Bourbon Whiskey
- Jamaican Dark Rum
- Añejo Tequila
- Cabernet Sauvignon
These are available within Bucks County at the Warrington Farmers Market, 301 Folly Road.
Otherwise, all sales are transacted online, as the company has no brick-and-mortar presence.