Love and coffee brought Trail Creek Coffee Roasters to Kasson
About 15 years ago Jim and Crystal Whitmarsh were set up on a blind date, where they went out to Pizza Hut and a coffee shop, Cyberia Cafe, in upper Michigan.
Since then, they have had a dream of opening their own coffee shop.
That dream soon became a reality.
A few years ago, Jim came across an article online about how to roast coffee at home using an air popcorn popper. As they began to share this concept with family and friends they realized they wanted to start a business and purchased a one Kg roaster from Mill City Roasters approximately two years ago, Crystal explained.
At first, the couple started off their business small, roasting the coffee in their garage, and selling it to customers on a small scale.
“ Our business started under the cottage food exemption, where we roasted in our garage and sold coffee at farmers markets, community events, and direct to the consumer,” Crystal said.
Since then their business has continued to grow, and the couple has now been able to move their business into the old library building in Kasson, something that they are very excited about.
“We recently just moved our roaster into the old library building in Kasson, and obtained our food manufacturing license which will allow us to sell wholesale to grocery stores, coffee shops, churches, and restaurants. Daniel's restaurant in Kasson will be serving our coffee soon,” Crystal explained.
For the Whitmarshs they very much enjoy, being able to promote their coffee out in the community.
“We enjoy going to events and having people taste our coffee for the first time. The most common responses we get are: "Wow, that's really good coffee" and "I actually don't need creamer with that.”
Aside from being able to sell their coffee, the couple also loves having the ability to connect people and support farmers around the world.
“We are also thankful to have a business that can bring people together for connection and conversation over a great cup of coffee that supports farmers around the world,” Crystal explained.
The couple will also be celebrating a new accomplishment of opening their own coffee shop and Blue Creek Boutique in Kasson.
“It's been an honor and very humbling to be reaching this next step in our business journey. We are thankful for the local community support we have received and are very excited to be able to provide a space for people to come together, have great coffee, connect with others, and feel welcome.”
There will be a grand opening of the location at 16 1st Ave N.W. in Kasson, on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10-3 p.m. During the grand opening there will be a variety of different things including BOGO half off candles, hourly drawings, and more.
Currently they are open Thursdays 4-7 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. They are also looking to expand their hours this fall, including a text order and pick up program.