Great coffee begins with quality beans and is made perfect through the roasting process. The Little River Roasting crew uses a small 25-pound drum roaster. Working in small batches, we create handcrafted roasted coffee beans, achieving the highest quality available.
A hands-on team creates the best roasts, hands down.
Just like we think it's important to know the people who grow our beans, our customers deserve to know a little bit about the team behind their brews. If you're anything like us, you might even think your cup of Joe tastes better when you meet the folks who roasted it.
Gervais Hollowell purchased Little River Roasting from a friend in 2001 and hasn't stopped working since. He's the heart, soul and man-power behind the team, from traveling to meet farmers, to roasting beans, to operating the fork-lift in the warehouse. MORE»
Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, Daniel Hagerman moved to Spartanburg as a child. He started working at Little River as a barista in 2010. MORE»
Jennifer Honeman hails from New Orleans, LA and tributes her love for gab to years of socializing in the Big Easy. She serves as general manager and social director extraordinaire at Coffee Bar East MORE»
Tyler Gibbs grew up in the upstate of South Carolina with two loving parents and four siblings. He got his first job in coffee when he was 16 and has been making coffee ever since. "I was lucky enough to be involved in the early years of Little River helping bag coffee and learning how to roast in the mountains of North Carolina”. After high school, Tyler moved to San Clemente, California to go to school and took a job with a little company called Starbucks. There, he managed multiple cafés and truly began to focus on how coffee could shape his career. Tyler married in 2009 and he and his family moved to Washington state outside of Seattle. "I've been blessed to live in areas that have a history of being leaders in the coffee world. Seattle opened my eyes to a world of coffee that I never knew existed. I spent years in the coffee capital eating and breathing everything coffee. I have a hunger and a passion to find and make the best coffees in the word and bridge the gap between farmers and consumers. This passion is what led me to come back to South Carolina and help make Spartanburg a place to find and discover the best coffee in the world." MORE»