TOPEKA, KANSAS, U.S. – PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. of Topeka, Kansas welcomed Bird Rock Coffee Roasters of San Diego, California to their roaster family on January 31, 2017.
The merger will allow PT’s to take a primary leadership role and financial stake in Bird Rock Coffee Roasters.
The goal of the venture is to further develop the retail and wholesale efforts of the Bird Rock Coffee Roasters brand. Jeff Taylor, Co-Founder and CEO of PT’s Coffee, will be relocating to San Diego to lead the team.
There he will work with Bird Rock founder Chuck Patton, who will take on the role of Head Coffee Buyer for both companies. Taylor and Patton have known each other for nearly 10 years, working side-by-side in the industry.
The two companies found common ground in their similar Direct Trade philosophies, working toward the goal of creating the highest-quality coffee possible from origin to cup.
Patton explains, “We are thrilled to partner with PT’s Coffee Roasting Co., it will give us the opportunity to expand the Bird Rock brand beyond San Diego and continue developing our Direct Trade programs and partner farms.”
And Taylor adds, “That’s what makes this the perfect fit. PT’s was one of the pioneers of the Direct Trade model of purchasing and Bird Rock successfully built itself around the same principals.”
PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. and Bird Rock Coffee Roasters have both received the Coffee Roaster of the Year award by Roast Magazine, in 2009 and 2012 respectively.
“We look forward to continuing to innovate within the Direct Trade model and relentlessly pursuing the perfect cup of coffee,” says Taylor.
“Bird Rock has consistently lived up to our motto of, Without the Love, It’s Just Coffee, and we are thrilled to be working with them to grow their brand.”