When my sister and brother-in-law, Tosha and Adam Ross, announced in August of 2015 that Adam was leaving his full-time job to make a shift in his career path, I had no doubts they would create something interesting. Adam spent more than ten years roasting coffee beans for PT’s before he decided to do it his way and begin roasting independently. After taking a huge leap of faith, the nano roastery was born. The pair have since been sourcing, roasting, packaging and distributing whole and ground beans to coffee drinkers in Topeka, our surrounding counties and to coffee enthusiasts throughout the nation.
Buzz to January of 2017, the couple hosted a soft opening in their storefront for family, friends and neighbors and filled their space with love and positive energy. By the end of the month, they were ready to show the public the eclectic CAFFIEND, located at 714 Gage.
The coffee shop welcomes diversity and embraces community, all while serving some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. Their menu includes a pour-over bar for drip coffee, espresso, specialty drinks and soon seasonal beverages.
Adam’s mad scientist approach to creating perfect roast blends is awe-inspiring to watch, that’s why the open layout of the shop is perfect for spectators to witness Adam in his “laboratory.” He thrives when experimenting with brewing methods and is passionate about de-mystifying the bean, all while educating coffee drinkers. It’s obvious he embraces his coffee nerd-ery.
Tosha’s role is essential to running this hyper local spot as smoothly as possible. In addition to keeping up with the business side of CAFFIEND, she is becoming quite the barista. She continues to be a supportive partner to Adam and maintains positive relationships with all their customers, importers and members of the community. She has dedicated herself to helping those in need and places importance upon donating coffee to those who may not be able to afford a good cup. Ask her about a “pending cup” when you make your visit.
If CAFFIEND is the Voltron, then Adam is the head and Tosha — the heart. So whether you want a great coffee or need a hug, your bases will be covered with a visit to CAFFIEND.
seveneightfive Feb 2017
CAFFIEND isn’t just another coffee shop in another strip mall; caffiend tribers know the chemistry behind the bean – one of the best roasters in the world.
Adam Ross, co-owner, was named the 2009 Roaster of the Universe. He has over 15,000 hours of roasting and cupping specialty coffee including roasting over 20 of the top 100 rated coffees on Coffee Review. Adam has received scores of a 90 or greater on coffee varieties ranging from Moka to Maragogype.
THE MISSION: Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication = Give the people what they want, when they want. And they wants it all the time! Now put that in your cup and drink it. -Kerrice Mapes