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The couple that started R&R Roasters found their love for each other in their love for a quality cup of coffee. Story by Amy Conkling
Photography by Deborah Walker
An air popcorn popper and 25 pounds of green coffee beans was all it took for 27-year-old Ryan Shetler to kickstart a business. The coffee connoisseur turned his habit into a hobby four years ago and became a self-taught home roaster by placing a handful of beans into the air popper and experimenting to create the perfect roasted brown bean. Ryan and his wife, Becca, now share their love of coffee—along with their simplistic and sustainable lifestyle—with others by selling their premium-roasted coffee beans and handmade wares through their online business, R&R Roasters. All of their coffee beans are roasted in their home just west of Hutchinson. For the love of coffee … and love The Shetlers’ home is shared with two dogs, a flock of Rhode Island Red chickens, and an acre of land where they hope someday to welcome more animals and plant a garden. “My dad was a farmer, and I grew up with a love of animals and earth— that’s still a large part of who I am,” Becca says. R&R stands for Ryan and Rebecca, perfect for a couple united by coffee. The R&R logo comes from the stamp they used for their wedding invitations. The newlyweds, who celebrated their first anniversary in October, are expecting their first child this winter. They met online when Becca lived in Pennsylvania and Ryan lived in rural Reno County—the couple had several mutual friends. Becca stumbled upon Ryan’s blog, commented on it and an instant connection was formed. The two started messaging back and forth, realizing they had many shared interests in music, books, philosophy and, of course, coffee.
Ryan Shetler takes careful notes as he roasts each small batch of beans. R&R roasts each order once it is placed and ships your order within two days of roasting.
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