by: JENNA RIMENSNYDER
“When you buy [coffee] at the store, you have to consider its shelf life. The expiration date doesn’t equal freshness,” Schmitt explained on a phone call with Creative Loafing Tampa.
Schmitt started diving deeper into what made fresh, better quality joe. That meant focusing on single-origin coffee. Single-origin coffee is coffee grown within a single known geographic origin, which can offer unique characteristics and specific tastes when compared to blended coffees.
Noticing that there weren’t many options in the Bradenton/Sarasota area offering specialty coffee, Schmitt’s wife, Abbey, encouraged him to start roasting for others, which turned into Josh trying his luck at the Bradenton Farmer’s Market and the beginning of Banyan Coffee Co.
Banyan’s website offers wholesale buying options as well as by the bag orders. Shoppers can choose from light, medium, dark roasts and exclusive releases. You can even grab cold brew bottles (32-oz., 1-gal., or a keg), coffee sets as well as merch and equipment for coffee snobs—aka people who appreciate a good cup of java.
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