Birmingham coffee guy a reminder to follow your passion

November 19, 2010

If you’re able to turn your passion into a paycheck, you’re one of the lucky ones. Birmingham’s own Michael Brown is one such person.

Simply a fan of good coffee, Brown will soon be celebrating his one-year anniversary of his coffee roasting company, Jittery Coffee Cup Roasters in Argo, according to The Birmingham News. A former veterinary technician, Brown upgraded his small home roaster last Christmas, in favor of an industrial coffee bean roaster he bought using start-up money from a fan of his brewing.

Currently, he’s only selling to coffee shops in Alabama and Mississippi, but there are plans in the works to expand to Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

“I use two primary importers,” Brown told the News. “They go around the world and hand-select their coffees. I knew that there were a couple of coffees that I needed to have and already had a good appreciation for — I knew I needed a Sumatra and knew I needed a Guatemala.”

“That was the primary means, calling these importers and asking for samples … I use this little home roaster to roast my samples on. I’ll sample them on that and cup them and if they’re worth buying I’ll buy them.”

To read the rest of Brown’s fascinating story, check out the article on The Birmingham News website.

Can you relate to this story at all? Do you have a passion for something that you’ve thought about turning into a business? What’s stopping you?

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