Cell espresso trailer Forte Cafe has purchased out its South Bend, Indiana-based roasting companion Bendix Espresso. The roaming music-themed Elkhart County espresso purveyor is marching to the beans of its personal drum after proprietor Alex Mast got here into the enterprise alternative by likelihood.
“I simply occurred to order some espresso from my roaster provider for a Forte occasion, and [former Bendix owner Karen Haun] simply nonchalantly mentioned, ‘Oh by the best way, you are going to have to search out some place else to get your espresso, as a result of I am promoting my roaster,’” Mast informed DCN. “So then I requested to purchase the entire enterprise. It made sense as a result of it aligned with my objectives.”
Alex and Desirae Mast based Forte Cafe in 2018 and have fought constructed a neighborhood following for its drip espresso and espresso service by way of pop-ups at occasions, markets and performances. Haun Jill DeLucia, whereas manufacturing the roasting firm in 2013, naming it after the South Bend-based engineering and firm Bendix Corp., which beforehand owned the roastery constructing.
In the present day the Masts run Bendix from inside Southgate Crossing, a three-story market in Elkhart in an iconic purple barn-style constructing. With Bendix’s vivid blue Diedrich roaster fired up within the multi-business industrial hub, the Masts are persevering with to develop each manufacturers and have to date maintained all of Bendix’s present prospects.
“We’re persevering with Karen’s fashion. We have now laminated roast profiles of all prospects,” mentioned Mast. “We maintained 100% of the clientele of the earlier proprietor, and I personally met every one the primary week after the buyout.”
Mast was skilled by Haun on the strategies and strategies she utilized to inexperienced coffees sourced solely by way of South Bend-based importer Theta Ridge Espresso.
Whereas Forte operations are on a seasonal pause, Mast mentioned that prospects will probably be welcome to tour the roastery by appointment.
“Each manufacturers will develop by themselves,” mentioned Mast. “My long run objectives embrace combining the 2 collectively when we’ve the funds to open a drive by way of food-and-coffee place, the place espresso manufacturing will happen as effectively.”
Bendix Espresso is positioned inside Southgate Crossing at 27751 Co Rd 26 in Elkhart, Indiana.
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Howard Bryman is the affiliate editor of Each day Espresso Information by Roast Journal. He’s based mostly in Portland, Oregon.