Not every cup of coffee is the same.
The taste of the beans depends on where they were grown and under what conditions, including the amount of sunlight and rain. But flavor also comes from roasting.
Earl Roemer, of Scott City, has traveled to Ethiopia for years with his flour mill business, Nu-Life Market. After meeting many coffee farmers and tasting their product, he decided to import Ethiopian coffee beans and start a new label. In late November, he launched Tiru Coffee, using beans from Ethiopia and having them roasted in Wichita.
For two years, Roemer studied Ethiopian coffee culture, plants, harvesting and processing methods. He also researched coffee roasters in Kansas, knowing he wanted to keep the roasting process in-state, and landed on Reverie Roasters in Wichita.