CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — The smell of freshly brewed coffee and artisan panini sandwiches wafts from out the front door of a quaint little coffee shop, known as Coffee Crafters, adjacent to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Coffee Crafters offers their own line of hand roasted coffees and is conveniently located on the corner of Vine and Houston streets.
The coffee shop originated when owner, Kent Baumhover, started tinkering around with roasting his own coffee beans at home. Without prior training or roasting experience, Baumhover researched extensively about roasting coffee and eventually bought a quality roaster in 2003.
Later that year, Baumhover drew up a business plan and opened up a shop through which to further display and showcase his own hand-crafted coffee.
Baumhover feels that his café’s food menu pairs well with his different coffees in that they harmoniously play off each other’s sweet, salty, fruity, and nutty characteristics and nuances.
“For the shop to be successful it is important to have a strong food menu,” Baumhover said.
Currently, Coffee Crafters offers upwards of 10 different single origin roasts of coffee ranging from such regions as:
- Costa Rica
Baumhover also offers several different blends of coffees, including his bestseller, the Diamond Hammer.
Coffee Crafter’s blends include:
- Diamond Hammer
- Brewed Awakening
- Mocha Java
- America’s Blend
Baumhover feels that the general public needs to be more educated about the fresh local coffees available to them.
“I want to continue to develop the educational side of coffee and encourage the consumption of it,” Baumhover said.
For UTC students, the coffee shop offers a convenient place to grab a bite to eat while learning about the different coffees Baumhover offers. Michael Lawrence, junior, from Lebanon, Tenn., adds that “Coffee Crafters introduced me to different types of coffee that I otherwise would not have learned about from the grocery store shelves.”
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