PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Three Appalachians came together with one mission: "Make good coffee. Do good things." From that, Lincoln Road Coffee was born. And after a lot of thought and design, so was Lincoln Road Roastery.
The roastery, which opened this week, operates from the front space of The Blue Raven on Pikeville's Main Street. There the coffee is not only served fresh but roasted fresh.
"We want to have fresh-roasted beans and have a completely different experience with coffee right here in Appalachia," said Ryan Jones, one of the co-owners of the coffee shop.
Jones said he partnered with Payton May and Jarred McGuire because all three men are heavily invested in the region.
"We're all really passionate about Eastern Kentucky and Appalachia and want to see it thrive and want to see good things happen from here," Jones said.
He said that is where the mission statement and business plan of Lincoln Road Roastery come into play.
"We want to build community through this coffee shop," he said. "We want to be doing good things for our community here, but we want to do good things regionally and in the world as well."
He said the way they plan to make this happen is "really simple."
"We're gonna make a difference. We're gonna impact lives," Jones said. "We're gonna do that through coffee and the way we treat people that come through our doors."
Jones said one leg of that plan started Friday with the company's "Do Good Things" mission, which will select a business, organization or group of people each week to receive four free cups of coffee.
The coffee, he said, is different than the usual drinks. Since it is roasted fresh, the shop also plans to serve in a fresh way, going back to the Italian coffee style. The roastery also sales its coffee beans at a wholesale level.
The coffee shop is open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The building is located at 211 Main Steet.
For more information, to order bagged coffee or to see a menu, visit lincolnroad.coffee.