Written by Kaylee Summers. Media by Stephanie Rodriguez. [divide]
In the words of Alex Staton, founder of Trifold Coffee Roasters, “Trifold Coffee Roasters seeks to connect every aspect of the coffee industry in order to build lasting relationships through a community drink.” Alex Staton and Bri Phillips started this endeavor in September of 2014. They are a startup roasting company that sells bags of coffee online and hosts pop-up events where they brew specialty coffee. They’re well known all around campus because of their pop-up shop at the Blackroom Cafe every Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m. In just a year, they have tripled their revenue and are continually growing. Students have started to ask where else they can get some specialty Trifold Coffee Roasters coffee and I am pleased to announce that Trifold Coffee Roasters has started a partnership with Jo’s Java. Now, anyone will be able to walk into Jo’s Java and purchase a cup of specialty coffee handcrafted by Trifold Coffee Roasters. In order to get the inside scoop, I interviewed Alex Staton and below are the questions and answers.
How has Trifold Coffee Roasters grown this year?
“Trifold has been a part of two major events including Apple Days and the Artwalk in Greenville. We have also started our wholesale business which we now use to supply coffee to three locations including the Bridge Church, 2Martha’s, and Jo’s Java.”
Where do you get your coffee beans from?
“We source all of our coffee directly from the farm. When we buy coffee we shake the farmer’s hand and give him all of the money. There is no middle man. Currently, we are working with a family farm in El Salvador called Los Tablones. We also work with a farm in Honduras that is run through World Gospel Outreach. Our Honduran coffee is special because when we buy that coffee all the profit goes to provide the orphans who are housed on the ranch education, food, and a roof above their heads.”
How did you get involved with Jo’s Java?
“My partner Bri Phillips has worked at Jo’s Java for a few years and has talked to the owner about our coffee. Apparently the owner was interested and decided to try us out as a wholesaler. We gave her coffee for a taste test amongst her customers and they decided that they wanted the Honduran Coffee to sell at Jo’s Java.”
What kind of partnership do you have with Jo’s Java?
“We are considered Jo’s secondary wholesaler. They buy most of their coffee from Kaldi’s in St. Louis. So this means they are currently only buying one coffee from us.”
Where do you run your operation?
“We currently rent out a space above the Globe Theatre in Greenville, IL. We also have an online store. However, we do not have a store front location as of now.”
What are your plans for the next year?
“We plan to be a part of the Greenville community for a long time. We already have plans to move to a bigger location and get a larger roaster to start a larger wholesale business, as well as pursue our dream of connecting the church with quality coffee.”
Overall, Greenville College students should be proud of their peers. Trifold Roasters is an amazing business with a great mission. They have already accomplished so much and I know we will be seeing more from them in the future. Alex Staton remarked, “It’s been a hard road, but a rewarding one. I want to thank everyone who has supported us through this endeavor and I am excited for more people to have the opportunity to be a part of the Trifold Coffee Roasters community.” Be on the lookout at Jo’s Java for some Trifold Coffee Roasters specialty coffee. You can find out more about Trifold Coffee Roasters at their website, Trifoldroasters.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.