Raised in Birmingham, AL, Brent and Brittany Von Kanel moved to North Alabama just after they were married in 2007. The story of how they landed in Athens is a story for another time, one they prefer to share face to face over a cup of coffee. Brent grew up in a family of big coffee drinkers and Brittany can specifically remember a time her father-in-law said to her while she was dating Brent, "If you're going to be in this family, you have to learn to drink coffee." So she did.
Many moons later in 2015 Brent found himself in the backyard of their Athens home with green coffee beans, a Whirly Pop popcorn machine, and a flame, whirling the beans until he heard the first crack. This quickly became a hobby. For Christmas that year, Brent decided to roast coffee beans for family gifts. Backyard Coffee was the name given at the time, because, well, it was coffee roasted in their backyard.
In October of 2016, Brent went on a mission trip to Nepal and used his faithful Whirly Pop to roast coffee beans and sold bags of Backyard Coffee to raise funds. Because he had repeat supporters buying bags of coffee, he thought maybe he was on to something and could make a small side business out of roasting coffee. However, the Whirly Pop just wasn't going to cut it anymore.
With a heart for the city of Athens and a desire for people to feel they have a place to belong, Brent and Brittany hope ARC can be an avenue to foster community.
In February of 2017, Brent purchased his first commercial sized roaster and established Athens Roasting Company. The summer of 2017 was ARC's first opportunity to be in the community at the Athens Farmer's Market. Following the summer market, ARC was present at several vendor events in North Alabama throughout the Fall and Christmas seasons with the hope of meeting new faces that share a common love for good coffee and good conversation.
Brent and Brittany believe coffee brings people together. Coffee is a common denominator that can turn strangers into friends. With a heart for the city of Athens and a desire for people to feel they have a place to belong, Brent and Brittany hope ARC can be an avenue to foster community.
Seek the good of the city.