Small-Town Coffee Roaster Has Big-City Taste


For a wheat farmer and father of three, roasting coffee has moved from hobby to business.

Layne Ensz, of Inman, operates a tractor by day and roasts coffee beans in the evenings and on weekends.

“I love coffee,” Layne said. “If I could, I would roast all day.”

When Layne was 5, he used to go to the co-op with his father. When his father put down his Styrofoam cup filled with coffee, Layne would pick it up and take a sip.

A few years ago, Layne met a coffee bean distributor in Kansas City, bought a small air roaster that could brew 3 pounds of coffee beans at one time and started to brew. He and his wife, Shanda, would drink the coffee and give the rest away to family. Soon, friends and family wanted more of the product.

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