LOCAL LIMELIGHT ARTICLE LISA MOYER | PHOTOGRAPHY JANIE JONES
“Refillable, Love Mom”
HOW ENTREPRENEUR JUDY NELSON CREATED KC’S OWN MIDNIGHT ESPRESSO COFFEE LIQUEURS
RESPECT THE FACT THAT BACK IN THE ‘70S WHEN GOOD COFFEE LIQUEURS WERE STILL A GLEAM IN THE EYE OF BEAN MIXOLOGISTS, JUDY NELSON WAS BREWING HER SMALL BATCHES ON HER STOVETOP AND BOTTLING IT FOR LOVED ONES WITH HANDMADE LABELS MARKED, “REFILLABLE, LOVE MOM.” Her homemade coffee liqueur included good vodka (instead of the usual rum or tequila); rich espresso that tasted like progress from the future; and a few secret ingredients with names that will remain redacted. What’s more, Nelson refused to include anything artificial, and that’s saying something in the ‘70s. After years of being told that she needed to bring her recipe to market to spread the love, this Liqueur Entrepreneur agreed to let her family make it happen. Seven years ago, Nelson’s daughter, Angela Sargent, and her husband, Matthew, helped their mom brand Midnight Espresso Coffee Liqueurs (ME), a fast-growing KC fan-favorite. The globally award-winning artisanal coffee liqueur company uses The Roasterie’s air-roasted, Fair Trade, specialty grade Arabica blended coffee and a prized artisanal vodka. Products are handcrafted in small batches using all-natural ingredients without additives, flavorings or colorings. Now licensed and available throughout Kansas and Missouri, ME is also on the verge of brimming into other states and venues.
Johnson County Lifestyle | May 2019
May 2019 Issue of Johnson County Lifestyle