MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — A Palmetto family is celebrating the holidays with the opening of their new shop, Banyan Coffee. After roasting their very first cup back in Oregon, they say it’s nice to be home for Christmas. “I always ask my wife, how did I end up with you? She always says you got me because of dumb luck and maybe that’s the same with this coffee shop, just dumb luck on my end,” said Josh Schmitt.
Josh and his wife Abbey’s coffee shop adventure began roasting beans out of their own garage in Oregon using popcorn makers they named after movie characters like Shooter McGavin and Ernie McCraken. “Depending on the kind of roasting it would do if it was a fast roast, I would give it a Nascar driver’s name,” said Josh. It turns out their popcorn roast became an instant hit with friends and family. They ended up moving back to Abbey’s hometown of Bradenton, where they sold the coffee at the farmers market.
“It’s been nice to be able to serve the community and the people that you know and care about and see the old faces you haven’t seen in a long time,” said Abbey.
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