In 2012, we began as a mom, pop, and son operation. We ordered way too much green coffee from an obscure importer and filled our back porch with smoke. Did you know roasters put out a lot of smoke? We didn’t.

A year later, we opened our shop in the former location of Red’s Bar in Historic Downtown Sikeston, Missouri. The neighborhood was just beginning its current wave of energy and revitalization, and we wanted in on it. Within weeks, loyal regulars found us, and our beans spread to other cafes in our area. Southeast Missouri had not yet experienced third-wave coffee in full, and it looked like we were all thirsty for it. Locals lined up for open mic nights, Thursday Night Throwdowns, and morning cups of the good stuff. Historic Downtown Sikeston seemed to grow every day, as well.

man and woman posing for a photo