In 1995, Gary Karnes set off on a search for better coffee. Frustrated with the burnt, bitter beans he often found throughout Lincoln, Nebraska, he took matters into his own hands and headed straight to the source of the nation’s most up-and-coming roasting methods: Corvallis, Oregon. Michael Sivetz, the founder of air-roasted coffee himself, took Gary under his wing and taught him how to craft the perfect cup every time.
With a new, cutting-edge technique under his belt and a refreshed entrepreneurial spirit, Gary returned to Lincoln and opened his own facility, aptly named The Coffee Roaster. For years, he provided the people of Lincoln and its surrounding areas with the ability to brew customized coffee with high-quality, air-roasted beans. Gary passed his knowledge and passion down to his daughter, Sam, and her husband, Vince, in 2014.
Together, they've rebranded the company and launched it into the digital age. With a modern vision and fresh ideas, Sam and Vince are proud to serve their coffee to satisfied customers throughout the United States, and will continue to do so until the next generation is ready to take on the family business.
Gary’s dedication to finding a better brew has resulted in a smoother, richer, never-bitter cup of coffee that leaves customers satisfied nationwide.
With our revolutionary roasting method, burnt coffee becomes a problem of the past. We’re proud to roast our consciously sourced beans with air-roasted Fluid Bed Technology. As they toss and turn in the ASHE air roaster, unwanted by-products like chaff and undersized beans are sucked into a collector rather than burnt up.
All that’s left to do is grind them, brew them, sip them and smile.
We believe coffee has the power to uplift and enlighten those in our community who strive to better the world. Our Lift-Off fundraising program allows organizations big and small to sell our products and keep a percentage of the proceeds to further their mission.
Want to raise money for a worthy cause by selling delicious, locally roasted coffee?