CxT Roasting Company

6035 Knoxville Ave Peoria , IL 61614
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CxT Roasting Company was established on August 02, 2016 when we signed a lease for our small shop in Peoria, IL. Despite months of strategic planning, our call to action was serendipitous. We chanced upon an available rental space in the heart of downtown Peoria. I remember the nervous glances and sweaty palms as I put pen to paper, knowing that whatever the future held, we were now free to run as fast as we possibly could to bring our ambitions to fruition.


In some ways, our business started over 10 years ago with the vision and dreams of our mother.  In addition to her passion for coffee, Kelly had the foresight to see that the specialty grade coffee would eventually make its way into Midwestern markets.  However, a full time job and mothering three young boys made the execution prohibitive.  It wasn’t until Tristan returned from a three month work experience in Peru and made everyone in the family coffee using a “new brewing method”, called a “pour over”, that the idea of coffee as a business resurfaced.


Over a cup of coffee, roasted and brewed by Tristan, I sometimes reflect on how far we have come since that time. I think back to the months of renovation we did ourselves: ripping out carpet, installing a new floor and ceiling, building walls and a coffee bar, and endless amounts of painting.  All the while, we researched roasting machines and equipment, traveled to Costa Rica to visit coffee plantations, and learned everything we could about this little seed in a matter of 6 months. The most rewarding part was that we did it together as a family, and there is no way we could have otherwise.  All five of us bring unique skill sets and experience to the table, which will help us to be successful.


I will admit that I am continuously surprised by the amount of time and effort that goes into starting a businessespecially when our business amounts to pouring hot water over some finely ground coffee beans.  However, when you visit one of our shops, and drink our coffee, I am convinced you will truly enjoy the manifestation of all our passion and effort in a single cup. This is who we are.


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