Up All Night: Coffee roaster keeping E. Texans awake

Up All Night: Coffee roaster keeping E. Texans awake
Ramm said the company roasts 250-300 pounds of beans weekly at their Tyler shop.
Ramm said the company roasts 250-300 pounds of beans weekly at their Tyler shop.
Ramm said he's spent late nights and early mornings roasting beans and filling orders.
Ramm said he's spent late nights and early mornings roasting beans and filling orders.

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Many East Texans start their day with coffee, but one Tyler man has made it his career.

"We've been coffee drinkers for a long time," Ramm said.

But it wasn't until after spending a few years working at a school in the Dominican Republic that Porch Culture founder Jonathan Ramm and his wife really found their passion for the beans.

"The school director and her husband own and run a coffee farm there and the students would take trips up to the coffee farm," Ramm said.

When the couple returned to Tyler in 2011, they wanted to recreate that fresh taste. Buying the machines and other tools needed to give East Texans their daily dose of the brew they can't live without. Some days he starts before the sun comes up, while others it's brewing, not burning, the midnight oil. Ramm explained spending time around the clock roasting, packing, and delivering beans is also about bringing awareness to coffee drinkers.

"Just to understand that there's a great disparity in quality of coffee that we're trying to bring a real high-quality product," Ramm said.

Ramm, in order to keep his customers up during the day, often means he's up all night.

Reporter: "Are there days where it just gets really hectic?"

"The planets will align and all orders will come in at the same time, definitely spend some time at the roasters during the evenings," Ramm said.

Porch Culture roasts about 300 pounds of beans per week, all in small batches according to Ramm. He added that is how the company, consisting of just himself, his wife, and a part time employee, has been able to expand and move-out of the original garage where it all started.

"I have to recognize that we're doing something that we love and putting-in those long hours is worthwhile," Ramm said.

He added that staying small has allowed them to build relationships with clients.

"We've got a really awesome network of local businesses that carry our coffee, they become friends of ours for sure," Ramm said.

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