FLORENCE – An above-average coffee experience; that’s what Jeff Felten and Tommy Bolger set out to do when they started Batch Nine Coffee Co.
“It’s kind of a personal thing that we believe that your coffee doesn’t have to be average,” Felten said. “It can be great.”
The idea for the company came about after Bolger opened Lula’s Coffee Co., a coffee shop located on Pamplico Highway in Florence, in June 2012. Felten started as the general manager of the coffee shop.
Felten said starting a coffee roasting company just felt like the next step.
“We saw a need in the community,” Felten said. “Nobody was really doing this kind of thing. We really felt like we were in the best position to fill that need. We honestly just went for it, started putting the pieces together and learning.”
In the spring of 2016, Felten bought a table-top coffee roaster and began experimenting with different kinds of coffee.