Heartland Roasters Move Forward

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The runners-up of last year’s Build Bartlesville competition are busy making their dreams a reality.

Owners of Heartland Roasters, a specialty coffee roasting company and the second place winner of the 2013 Build Bartlesville competition, are in the process of renovating their new storefront to be located at 200 E. 4th Street — the former home of the Brilliant Bronze gas station and Osage Checker Yellow Cab Company. The company is owned by friends Wesley Lantrip, Michael Young and Tony Phillips and distributes high-end gourmet coffee to independent restaurants and coffee shops.

With the funds from last year’s Build Bartlesville competition — totalling $4,500 — Lantrip said the company purchased a U.S. Roaster Corp sample roaster, manufactured in Oklahoma City.

“We use the sample roaster to evaluate green, unroasted coffees for purchase and for experimenting with new blends or coffee roast profiles,” Lantrip said.

According to Lantrip, the crew plans to open in late February or early March.

Read the entire story online at the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise.