Dynamite Roasting. The People’s Coffee.
Coffee is what we do, but you are why we do it. The simple act of buying a cup of coffee can drive social change in the communities where our coffee is grown, and here at home. We’ve been 100% certified organic and fair trade since day one, but we strive to go beyond that. It’s really about relationships. We’re committed to our customers, our growers, our environment and to each other. Plus, we really like coffee. Our mission is to track down the best coffee in the world. We work closely with our partners and growers to ensure the very best quality beans at a great price for our customers. These close relationships also allow us to make sure we’re best benefiting the communities that grow our coffee. That means providing a fair and living wage to our farmers, putting back as much goodness as we take from the soil, and having the smallest footprint we can. We want to know our growers. We want to know what is working for them, and what isn’t. We’ve made a conscious decision to concentrate on serving our local community and solidifying reliable and speedy shipping to our wholesale customers in the southeastern region of the country. Coffee is like any other perishable food. It has a pretty short shelf life, so roasting it locally is important. A fresh ripe tomato tastes infinitely better than one that’s been shipped 2000 miles on a refrigerated truck. It’s no different for coffee. Concentrating on serving our immediate community, as well as other dedicated customers in the southeast allows us to roast in small batches, ensuring Dynamite Coffee is always fresh, from farm to cup.
Josh Gibbs and Andy Gibbon made music together before they ever even spoke. They met on stage at a music festival, and they continued to play together in various bands for several years. After a late night gig, they were drinking a cup of coffee lamenting the Asheville area’s lack of a specialty coffee scene. Andy had been roasting his own coffee as a hobby, and as a bit of a perfectionist, he’d gotten pretty dang good at it. Josh had a background in marketing, so it seemed a natural fit. In the fall of 2008, they found a small batch roaster on ebay, loaded it in the back of a pickup and drove back to Black Mountain, and Dynamite Roasting was born. Josh and Andy work together much the same way they play music together – with ease. It just works.