Dennis Tessen grew up in Wisconsin but lived in many different states as he pursued a career in the food service industry over the past 30 years. Finally settling in Lancaster, Pa., Dennis decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning and managing a gourmet coffee shop. Peggy Woods, a Colorado native and educator by profession, had lived abroad in Italy and learned to appreciate the best in coffees but could not find a decent cup back in the U.S. When the two met, they found they shared a vision as entrepreneurs and soon both were integral parts of the coffee shop business. Peggy is president of the women-owned small business Gamut Enterprises Inc, and Dennis acts as vice president.
In 1997 they started a family run gourmet coffee shop called “Spill the Beans” located in the historical district of Lititz, Pennsylvania. Sons Justin and Sean worked in the coffee shop and became skilled baristas. Justin went on to learn the art and science of roasting and the precision of packaging. Now married, after selling “Spill the Beans” the couple decided to roast their own coffee beans because they wanted to assure quality and freshness to their customers. “Whiff Roasters” was born. This part of the business quickly expanded and they picked up several wholesale accounts. They soon sold the coffee shop to devote themselves exclusively to roasting high grade, premium quality coffee beans with an attention to detail, freshness and the discerning palate. Dennis is the roast master who oversees production, operations, and quality control for the business. Justin is in training as an apprentice roaster and has acquired experience as a coffee shop manager. In 2006 the business branched into a new line of products which, if one thinks about it, is a perfect progression which unites “best friends.” Using premium quality chocolate, Whiff Roasters also produces candy bars that feature a single roasted coffee bean in each square. These are called the “Mocha Java Crunch Bars.”
If you desire the very best in carefully roasted and guaranteed fresh coffee or a burst of coffee flavor nestled in outstanding milk or dark chocolate, Whiff Roasters invites you to sample these outstanding products and discover for yourself just how good they are.
Dennis and Peggy are coffee lovers who have learned the art and the skill of roasting premiere grade coffee beans. The results, whether blended, flavored, or specific to a region of growth, are excellent (and so is our chocolate bar).
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