Monday, September 14, 2009

A Visit to McCarter Coffee Company

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 8:22 AM

On my way back from the International Goat Days Festival on Saturday, I stopped by McCarter Coffee Company, the Millington micro-roaster. Jim McCarter offered up samples and a little bean talk.

McCarter, a former employee of the Shelby County government, founded the business in 2007 with his wife Debra.

“It was something that evolved,” McCarter says. He explains that after he and Debra visited micro-roasters while vacationing in places like Seattle or Hawaii, a thought occurred to him: “not a lot of folks are doing that around here.”

McCarter’s offers a rotating selection of more than 20 different single-origin beans from places like Indonesia, Brazil, Rwanda, Mexico, and Burundi. Each bean is roasted at a different temperature in the business’ two roasters, producing about 10 pounds a batch and 100 to 120 pounds of roasted beans a day.

According to McCarter, 40 percent of their business comes the farmers markets at the Agricenter International, Central Station, the Botanic Garden, and in Crawfordsville, Arkansas. The coffee is also available at Maggie’s Pharm and Miss Cordelia’s and served at a number of restaurants around town, including Beignet Café, Harbor Town Coffee, and Jarrett’s.

Of course, you can also stop by McCarter’s Millington headquarters, which is open Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You’ll find McCarter there providing cups of his freshly brewed creations and knocking down the “coffee’s just coffee” mentality.

“Each bean is unique,” McCarter says. “When you roast, brew, drink it, you’re experiencing something.”

McCarter Coffee Company, 5995 US HWY 51 North in Millington (626-4924)

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