All for the love of coffee
It is a rare yet beautiful thing when your passions become the ultimate fuel in your life. For many different reasons we allow ventures that we are not passionate about to drive us.
For many years our team has had two major passions in life. The first of which is amazing coffee. From the smell of a freshly opened bag to, the aromas pouring off that first cup, to the power it has over a person. I think back to all the relationships that were forged and strengthened over a cup of coffee and will forever be grateful. The hunt for that rare perfect cup of coffee was something we loved. After trying to find that cup out there in the retail world we started roasting our own. As our passion for coffee grew into creating our own. We knew we needed to deliver this to the world.
Our second passion is what got us here today. A complete addiction for the great outdoors. While half of our ownership team, Barry Van Meter has been playing in the mountains for over 20 years, the other half was just getting started. That half which is myself, Jon Baatz was just starting an amazing journey. I started a journey in 2019 that will forever change my life. After years of backpacking in my free time and being what is considered a weekend warrior, I took it to the next step. In 2019, I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. It was truly the adventure of a lifetime that I could never describe in a few paragraphs. But in short the trail taught me to go after my dreams. It was time to roast coffee for the world to taste. Time for that perfect cup.
But in short, that adventure brought our team to a huge epiphany. The wilderness, and highest of quality coffee to fuel us through it, needed to drive us forward. We got into our campervan and toured North America sampling local craft coffee along the way.
Out of these adventures, and our want to create truly amazing small batch coffee, 803 Outpost was born. The final piece of the team was brought in; our roaster, a biochemist, and of course, an outdoor lover.
Meet our head roaster, and biochemist! I mean, Breaking Bad has nothing on us.
Jacob brings a unique outlook as a coffee roaster. After serving as president of the American Chemical Society at his alma mater, Jacob went on to spend time working in analytical and research laboratories and pursue an education in biochemistry from the University of South Carolina. There he worked in a laboratory specializing in macromolecular crystallography. While focusing on the chemistry, Jacob spent time in anthropology and ethnobotany classes learning about the ancient relationships between humans and chemicals from plant sources (phytochemicals).
Applying these background influences, Jacob roasts coffee with an attention to the details of the chemical processes and reactions occurring during roasting. Meticulous detail is put into the research of each bean origin and its processing to be considered before roasting.
Outside of roasting, Jacob enjoys spending time outdoors backpacking, longboarding, and fishing. He also enjoys wild plant foraging and survival craft.