FORT WAYNE, Indiana – Modbar was started in the small city of Fort Wayne in Indiana. Settled in the Great Lakes region of North America. The company takes pride in its deep roots, focusing on creating jobs in the Midwest while supporting their local coffee community.
That is why Journey Indiana, the state’s lifestyle news series on well-known PBS channel, traveled to Modbar’s factory to learn about there distinctive culture, artistry, and the people who created the under-counter espresso machine system.
They sat down with founders Aric Forbing and Cory Waldron to get the story of how they thought of the unique idea of putting a espresso machine beneath eyes view. Passion, drive, and persistence lead Modbar to La Marzocco, an early investor.
Today, they work closely together in new product development. Leveraging the Italian company’s 90 plus years experience when innovating technology inside the module and tap system.
Aric plays a crucial role, regularly traveling to the Tuscan based factory. Cory now owns a roastery in the Fort Wayne area, Conjure Coffee, which uses the Modbar product line.
There are about 50 people who have a role in the Modbar company, though the little giant now spans across the world.
“Seeing a lot of the build-outs where Modbar is installed, still gives me this huge sense of joy,” says Aric Forbing.