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Revered Wichita coffee roaster back in business after a year

Timothy Wiesner is getting his Fresh Roast Coffee Company up and running again this weekend after a year’s absence.
Timothy Wiesner is getting his Fresh Roast Coffee Company up and running again this weekend after a year’s absence. Courtesy

For years, Timothy Wiesner operated Fresh Roast Coffee Company out of a tiny, 225-square-foot space on the side of Clifton Square.

But last July, when flower shop Bloomhaus expanded, it took over Wiesner’s space, and he had to close, upsetting many of his devoted followers.

He vowed to reopen. And now, a year later, he’s about to.

Wiesner has acquired some space in The Ffarquhar, an orange warehouse at 611 S. St. Francis, and starting on Saturday, Sept. 10, he’ll start selling bags of his roasted coffee beans again. He’ll be in the space from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, where he’ll be giving out samples of his coffee and selling any beans he hasn’t already sold through pre-order that week. (Those who want to place an order can call 316-778-0846 or post on the Fresh Roast Coffee Company group Facebook page.)

On Fridays, he’ll post on his Facebook page what coffee he’ll be selling that week. He said he’ll probably start this week with a Sumatra. Wiesner is known for roasting exotic beans with bold flavors.

For the past year, Wiesner said, he hasn’t done anything with coffee and missed it. He got a new roaster, this one much smaller than the the roaster one he used to have, which could roast about 100 pounds an hour. His new roaster produces closer to 15 pounds an hour. He’ll be roasting the coffee at home then taking it to the new space to sell. People can order in advance or just stop by, but “If I’m out, I’m out,” he said.

The owners of The Ffarquhar are former customers and offered him the space, Wiesner said.

“I’ve had a lot of positive comments, and hopefully, it will translate into actual business,” he said. “It makes me happy, anyway. I’m roasting coffee again, and that’s what I love to do.”

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