(WTNH) — Kaitlyn Heisler has always had a taste for coffee. Her dad roasted coffee and as she grew up, she developed a greater taste and preference for the coffee that he roasted. At 19, when she spent a few months working with him, she realized just how special roasting coffee was.
After Heisler’s dad passed away she had to decide, was she going to take over and try roasting coffee, or close the doors and walk away forever? Today, she owns Redding Roasters Coffee Company in Bethel.
She says that what she finds special is that her dad was roasting coffee ten years before people knew that it was going to be important. Now, there are micro-roasteries coming out and Heisler says that she has noticed that over the last three or four years, more people her age are coming out, looking for special and unique coffees.
Heisler says it is a different world when people open their eyes to how many countries are growing coffee, and there is a difference in flavor between every origin and every farm, and in the way that it is grown, harvested, and processed.
“When my customers became my friends, and my town became my home, that is really when I decided that this is what I wanted to do forever,” said Heisler.
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