When Brian Abernathy moved to Southwest Florida from Minneapolis in 2013, he missed his gourmet coffee.
“There wasn’t much of a coffee scene here,” he says, “especially coming from the Minneapolis area. I really missed that.”
A full-time software consultant and developer, Abernathy wanted to bring good coffee to Southwest Florida. But how to go about it? He considered several alternatives — including opening a coffee shop — before deciding to try his hand at roasting coffee. In January 2016, Abernathy launched his roasting company, Grumpy Goat, and started offering small-batch roasted gourmet coffee to the public.
When it comes to his coffee beans, Abernathy has a stringent set of criteria.