July 12, 2017 10:50 a.m.
In the KQEN Business Spotlight:
Takelma Coffee has opened.
The new business venture of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians had its ribbon cutting Wednesday morning. The coffee roasting production company is the largest in Douglas County and plans to provide coffee beans to Cow Creek businesses as well as other community organizations and individuals.
John McCafferty, Business Development Officer for the Umpqua Indian Development Corporation said the idea originated after looking at the amount of coffee that is consumed every year within the existing businesses of the tribe. McCafferty told a crowd of about fifty people that Seven Feathers Casino Resort goes through about 20,000 pounds of coffee per year, just by itself. McCafferty said officials realized that they could operate more economically if they roasted their own coffee. That realization led to a series of decisions resulting in the creation of Takelma Coffee. He says that will be another tribal business that will put an emphasis on high quality.
Michael Rondeau, the CEO for the Tribe told those gathered that Takelma was the original tribal language, which went dormant for about a century. He said it was decided that this would be an appropriate name for the new coffee venture since the language has been recently resurrected.
Travis Hill, UIDC Director of Hospitality said the venture is starting with three roast profiles: decaf, house and dark. Hill says the tribe is sourcing beans from Brazil, Guatemala, Sumatra and Nicaragua.
Takelma Coffee is located at 2048 Northeast Airport Road. Their website is www.takelmaroasting.com and people wanting more information can also call 492-6249.