So excited to introduce you to Kaycee Owens of Roots mobile Coffee Bar! I can speak from experience at how amazing Roots Coffee is and was so excited to showcase Kaycee and Kellen's business this month! Kaycee and her husband Kellen are passionate about serving hand-crafted, quality espresso to their community. They started Roots Coffee, a fully mobile coffee bar, to provide this unique service for weddings and special events. They create custom menus and drinks to fit the theme of the occasion. This husband-wife duo would love to make your special day even better with a latte! In their free time, they wrangle chickens and their two spirited young boys on a small homestead in south Fayetteville. Get to know them a bit better with the Q&A below!
Vendor Details :
Roots Mobile Coffee Bar
Check them out on Instagram roots_coffee
Email - [email protected]
What's the story behind roots coffee? Specifically with weddings?
I managed a coffee shop in Louisville, KY for three years. When my husband and I decided to move back to our hometown in Fayetteville, GA, I couldn't imagine my life without ever pouring a latte again. There weren't many specialty coffee shops on the southside of Atlanta, so we toyed with the idea of opening our own shop. But we were just starting a family and I knew personally the major commitment running a coffee shop requires.
We began brainstorming a way to still be able to make coffee, but on a more manageable timetable. Food trucks had been getting really popular at the time, but had many limitations due to space and size, but it gave me the idea of a fully mobile bar. In 2015 we took out a small business loan and launched Roots Coffee. The name seemed appropriate since we are both from this area and felt like we were moving back to our roots while simultaneously setting roots down as a family.
We've done a variety of events over the past four years, but weddings have been the most consistent. Our mobile coffee bar is a unique experience for guests and being able to celebrate the beauty of marriage by making lattes is a dream come true for me.
What's the most satisfying aspect of your work?
Coffee is not just a beverage, but the continuation of a story that began at the place of origin and ends with the customer's enjoyment. Having the full perspective of this incredible commodity motivates and excites me. Every step of the process of coffee, from planting, to harvesting, to processing, to grading, to roasting, to preparing and finally, to serving should be done with integrity and care. I am a small part of this story, but I get to share it with my community and see the fruition of the labors of so many.
What's your personal go to coffee?
I do a pour-over drip coffee every morning, but my favorite drink is an 8 oz americano. I think the ratio of espresso to water is perfect at that size. I like to drink it black or with heavy cream from my friend's dairy cow.
What would you consider your trademark to be?
There are a lot of people who are good at making coffee, but terrible at talking to people. There are lots of people that are great at customer service but terrible at making coffee. I thrive when the two are together. I love people, I love talking to them and learning about them. But this "people loving" is somehow heightened as I'm making them their drink. I don't know if that's a trademark, but I do know it's a unique gift.
How many years have you been in the industry? How did you get your start?
We started our mobile bar in 2015, but I've been in the specialty coffee world since 2011, when my husband and I moved to Louisville, KY. We both needed to get part time jobs while we were in seminary, and for someone reason I knew I wanted to be a barista. My main knowledge about coffee at the time had been Starbucks, so I applied at multiple locations. They are a big company, so it takes a while to get contacted back through their system, so in my impatience, I walked the street nearby our apartment and found a local coffee shop called Vint. I was hired on the spot and promoted as the manager three months later. I am still so thankful that Starbucks didn't get back to me quickly. Had I been hired there, I would have been a "barista" but I would have missed so much about coffee. Vint was a specialty coffee shop and brought me into this world of coffee culture I didn't know existed. I was suddenly thrust into latte art competitions, coffee exhibitions and intense espresso tastings. Not only did a I learn about coffee, I also learned how much a coffee shop can shape a neighborhood and community. I wasn't merely a barista to my customers, I was a friend and a source of comfort. It means to much to people to be known, to remember their name and how they like their drink, to care about their most recent paper in medical school, to cry with them over the lost of a loved one. It might seem like a seemingly small, insignificant occupation, but the work of a barista can have a lasting impact on people. I loved every minute of my time at Vint and am still so thankful for that amazing experience.
When you're not working what's your favorite pass time?
My husband and I have other jobs besides Roots...our mobile coffee bar is what we do in our pass time :) But we also have two young boys and a small homestead with chickens, goats, bees and a garden, so we stay busy with all our little creatures. Making sourdough bread is another passion of mine.
Favorite place you've traveled to?
That's hard! We've traveled a lot throughout the years. Since we are talking about coffee, I would say that Ethiopia is my favorite. Ethiopia is where coffee was the first discovered and it's also where we adopted our second son. It holds a special place in our hearts.
What's one thing on your bucket list?
The main thing on our bucket list right now is to go to India to bring home our daughter that we are adopting (hopefully this summer)! She's 2.5 years old and her parents and brothers are anxious to meet her and make her a part of our family. Other than that, we are looking forward to hiking into Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon as our last big trip before we become a family of five.