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"MORE SO THAN SAYING SOMETHING IS ORGANIC, I WANT TO HEAR THAT IT’S LOCAL." Before Roast, Inc. was conceived, Brad did all the home roasting while maintaining a full-time job. They took the coffee to local farmers’ markets, and were received so enthusiastically by the community, that Lesa took over, and roasting became her passion and life’s work. Roasting is almost exclusively a maledominated profession; Lesa is one of the only women in the country doing it. “Some don’t take you seriously, and then some do. Some take you really seriously.

drive, Tim is now her apprentice and is following in her footsteps. But for now, Lesa still handles each roast on her own. Because they work with high-end, specialty coffees that cost a handful of pretty pennies, it’s imperative that Tim understands everything about the chemistry of roasting before he can tackle the process himself. “He’s truly what an apprentice should be, which is just someone starting to gather information.” One day, Lesa will recommend

The more I build my brand and my reputation, the more seriously they’ll take me.” Becoming a roaster doesn’t happen overnight—it’s hard work. And to be certified, you must be recommended into a guild after apprenticing. There aren’t formal classes for learning the trade—you have to be taught by someone else. Lesa apprenticed under another female roaster she happened to meet when purchasing some coffee. And just as she began her journey with a spark of interest and some

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