PEORIA – Coffee is the next frontier for entrepreneur Kourtney Greene.
As co-owner of Beauty & Beast Event Co., Greene serves up a lot of coffee. So she decided to create her own brand.
“I host coffee candle castings once a month, so I thought, ‘Why not have my own coffee? ‘” Greene said. “It’s just offering another product to my customers.”
Greene sells homemade candles, scented waxes and all-natural skin care products. She also hosts stylish events as part of the Beauty & Beast Event Co. One such event is the Coffee and Brunch Candle Pour, where her customers can create their own candles while enjoying food and conversation with locals. other attendees.
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Coffee seemed like the next logical step, and when Greene learned that CxT Roasting Co. in Keller Station was partnering with people who wanted to start their own brand of coffee, she jumped at the chance.
“We’re trying to find a mix that’s unique to them,” said Kelly Popadziak, owner of CxT Roasting with her sons. “Although we roast for several companies around Peoria, they all have their own blends, so what you taste for Kourtney’s blend is not what you’ll get from someone else.”
Greene had a clear idea of the qualities she was looking for in her signature coffee blend.
“What I look for in a coffee is its taste. Strangely, not everyone in my family likes to put sugar in their coffee, so I grew up drinking coffee that way. And I’m lactose intolerant. So when it comes to coffee, it has to have flavor without sugar or anything in it,” Greene said. “It’s important that it has a good flavor, but doesn’t leave a strong coffee aftertaste.”
CxT Roasting experts were able to meet Greene’s requirements. They mixed beans from Ethiopia, Guatemala and Indonesia.
“The flavor profile is sweet and dark chocolate, and the key note of the Ethiopian bean is black currant, so it has a savory flavor and a little fruity taste,” Greene said. “And I don’t know if you know acidity, but my coffee has low acidity.”
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Greene will also market three other coffees: a breakfast blend, a decaffeinated, and a single-origin coffee made with Ethiopia beans. She chose the name London Bridge Co. Coffee, inspired by the photos her best friend showed her from his time in Europe.
Green will host a launch party at CxT Roasting from 5-7 p.m. on September 15 with live music and food. Coffee will be available for purchase at the event. Starting Sept. 15, she also plans to sell her coffee online at www.lbccoffee.com and at her store in the Warehouse District, 621 SW Commercial St., Suite 1B.
However, Greene won’t stop at the drink. It is guaranteed that the coffee will also end up in its other products.
“I will have a coffee butter in my skincare line, and I will also have a coffee scrub,” she said. “And I’m also working on a candle. It smells of hot coffee and brownies.
Leslie Renken can be reached at 309-370-5087 or [email protected] Follow her on Facebook.com/leslie.renken.