A year ago Steffon Randolph founded Roasters Next Door in hopes to bring his unique vision of coffee, and most importantly coffee hospitality to Roanoke. That vision was for Roasters Next Door, or RND to become a coffee operation that seamlessly blended coffee innovation and creativity, with the warmth and community commonly found in "mom and pop" cafes.
After six months of grinding the grassroots coffee scene, from farmers markets, festivals, and a pop-up store front, an opportunity arose for RND Coffee to open a brick and mortar location in the historic Wasena neighborhood. Due in no small part to friends, family, and community support.
With RND starting to pickup momentum, Steffon recruited his younger brother Quincy to move from Chicago to help aide RND's growth. Quincy, an up-incoming chef with Michelin star culinary and hospitality experience, became the Co-owner/Culinary Director of RND Coffee. His expertise with flavors brought creative menu items such as; Coffee Jelly, Black Garlic and Maple Cappuccinos, Smoked Cinnamon Apple Lattes, and Seaweed Brownies to the forefront of RND's menu.
And now we continue to push. The team at RND wants to grow by roasting our own brand of coffee, canning our signature cold brew, and bringing more RND Coffee directly to you, the guests we love.
Steffon and Quincy have put everything they have into purchasing a roaster, building the right team, and finding the right space for roasting. Now, they need your help to aide in getting the roasting project off the ground, without jeopardizing the RND Flagship location.
How The Money Will Help: The amount of money we're trying to raise is the minimum amount we need to assist in renovations for the new space, outfit the space with coffee packing tools, and purchase our first 1,000lbs of green beans to start roasting almost immediately.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all the love and support you've shown us.
Risks and challenges
While we are confident in our ability to produce, the greatest risk comes on the financial side. Growth is exciting, yet expensive. We put everything we had into a roaster that we're proud of, and a facility that'll get the job done. Now we're asking for your help in getting over the last finical hurdle.
With parts already in motion, we see no potential delays in delivering on both backer rewards, as well as noticeable growth for RND and its impact on the community.
A successful Kickstarter would allow for RND to maintain its momentum and growth with its Coffee Workshop, without having to jeopardize its flagship Wasena location.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter