My wife and I spent over four combined decades serving colleges, universities, independent secondary schools and college bound students and families throughout our careers. As an entrepreneur in the educational technology space, I came to a crossroads in my career looking to provide a great experience in a very different industry. After more than 28 years working with colleges and universities, I was ready for something new. I could have easily started another business in education. But along the journey and brainstorming process, my passions became clearer. And I devoted myself to starting something very different by the time I was 50. And that time has now come.
A fan of coffee since I was very little sitting on my mom’s lap and sneaking a sip of her black coffee when she wasn’t looking, I spent time in the early 1990’s helping a roaster in Berks County, Pennsylvania with their marketing and promotional materials. Since embracing this returning passion for coffee, I spent a year studying the art and science of coffee roasting and understanding the business model of a cafe with the guidance of other successful coffee business owners in the area. I was trained and certified as a roastmaster at the Vermont School of Coffee. And the journey began.
House Cup Coffee Roasters was launched formally in 2017. An important year in my life. A year when I sent my beautiful and talented daughter, Sarah, off to college. And when my wife and I welcomed our new born boy, Xavier, into this world (yes, you read that right). And I took another professional leap. Holding hands literally with my wife and figuratively with my friends, to bring this coffee vision to reality.
For both of us, giving back to the community is of utmost importance. While the quality of the coffee and other goods are the first priority, what we can do to support the local residents, services and businesses has to be embedded into the business model. Our goal is to create fresh roasted coffee for those looking for "a better cup of coffee" at home and at local restaurants.
We'll see what comes next. But we're excited about the future. Thanks for listening. And thanks for your support.
Brian Wm. Niles
Owner & Roastmaster
If you love our new organic Sumatra coffees, these are the women that grow it. What a treat to meet the family that grows such great coffees for us!