Earlier this week I sat down with Thomas Rhodes, the founder and owner of Lauraville’s Zeke’s Coffee, to talk to him about his experience owning a roastery. As we sat in front of their warehouse location drinking iced coffee, Rhodes talked about how he got started with Zeke’s and how the company got its name.
Rhodes said that he is really glad he chose the location in Lauraville, partly because he lives down the street, but he also really appreciates the Lauraville community and their strong support for local businesses. He said there hasn’t been any problems with crime or vandalism other than one or two very small incidents.
I asked Rhodes what his favorites were of their offerings, and he said his favorite blend is Armistead’s Blend and as a varietal Sumatra Mandheling, but of course his tastes change over time.
“I have been into for probably a decade at least, dark coffee. Just liking the rich, smoky taste. But a couple of weeks ago I put some Sumatra Mandheling in a pot and it was like ‘wow’ i mean like (insert explosion noise), so I have been going back to drinking lighter roasted coffees.”
Rhodes was a very down to earth guy and you can tell he really cares about his company and his community from talking with him. I was glad I was able to sit down with him this week and get a glimpse behind the scenes at Zeke’s.