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Tim to join the guild, and that means her name will be attached to his reputation as well. And after talking with him, I have no doubt he will one day make her proud. “There’s a lot of art to it—a lot of subtleties going on,” Tim explains. “We spend hours and hours perfecting each one of these profiles. They’re big into the science side of it. And they’re teaching me why everything is happening.” He continues about acid breakdowns and moisture content—it’s more than most people would care to know, but absolutely necessary to Brad and Lesa. They are teachers, and with an education from them comes a lesson on how to be a teacher as well. As Tim heads out to give a demonstration at Whole Foods, I’m curious to know the other ways 8th & Roast connects with Nashville’s community. They’re quite involved around town. You may have seen them at the Nashville Film Festival, where they set up a “sober station” at the Belcourt, or at the grand opening of Mike Wolfe’s Antique Archaeology in Marathon Village. They also partner with restaurants and stores—distributing to Whole Foods, Edgehill Cafe, and Watermark. And the baked goods they offer are sourced locally from Dozen Bakery, Café Fundamental, and The Wild Muffin. “We are very passionate about the whole local movement. It doesn’t make sense to bring things from across the country if you can source locally. More so than saying something is organic, I want to hear that it’s local,” Lesa states passionately. She and Brad are intentional when it comes to forging strong relationships within the community, just like those created with the farmers and importers from whom they select their beans. That all falls into their concept—their vision. This is the artisan movement built on a community that supports one another. Lesa and Brad are true to Nashville, and that’s where their relationships will stay. Alas, it’s finally time to leave. And as I grab a black coffee to go for the first time in my life, I know I’ll be seeing much more of Lesa and Brad.

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Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...

Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...