Owner Paul Lasseter says his passion for coffee started at quite a young age, despite originally beginning his career as field engineer.
“I have been drinking coffee every day since my early teens. I have been buying and brewing the best roasted coffee beans I could find on store shelves for the majority of my adult life,” Lasseter said. “I ground the coffee just before brewing. I experimented with different brewing methods and invested in many different brewing machines.”
For Lasseter, it was the encouragement of friends and family that got him to consider selling his goods at the River Market.
“I shared my roasted coffee with family and friends. They all agreed fresh roasted coffee tastes much better than the stale coffee on store shelves. I was encouraged by these folks to sell specialty coffee at the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market,” he said.
After obtaining a business license and approval from the local health departments, Kauloosa Coffee Roasters debuted at the Tuscaloosa River Market in October 2015.
Aside from coffee, Lasseter is also known for his baked goods and other gourmet concoctions, including sourdough bread, chia seed oatmeal cookies, and peanut butter. Sensitive to people with specific diet requirements, Lasseter admits he enjoys making goodies for people with normally restrictive diets.
If you ask Lasseter what makes him passionate about his business, he’s quick to answer.
“I am all about quality and healthy foods. I am in search of the perfect cup of coffee. The more I learn about coffee the more I find I don’t know.”