LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Move aside craft beer, there's a new brew in town and it's revitalizing an age-old beverage.
The national craft coffee craze has slow-dripped its way into central Arkansas.
A growing number of Arkansans are trading their Folgers and Starbucks for a cup of coffee that's brewed with fresh, locally roasted beans.
The craft-coffee scene is big in Portland, Dallas, and Austin and it's gaining traction in central Arkansas.
"Didn't take long to give a few beans to people around here and people started wanting more," says Adam Moore, owner of the Red Light Roastery.
Moore began roasting his own coffee beans about a year ago.
He quit his job as a nurse and decided to turn that hobby into a full-time job.
"We roast about 200 pounds of coffee a week," added Moore.
Moore is known as a micro-roaster, roasting small quantities of coffee beans for maximum freshness.
"It was roasted this week or last week. Freshness in anything is very important."
At Red Light Roastery in Hot Springs, Moore takes raw coffee beans and transforms them into unique flavors.
"Right now I'm getting beans from Colombia and Ethiopia. Kenya, Ecuador and a couple from Indonesia."
The coffee beans are then sold to customers within weeks of being roasted.
"Fresh coffee, you can definitely tell a difference. If you can grind it as you need it. That makes a big difference,” said Moore.
Moore believes that independent roasters are changing the way we drink coffee.
"The locals and the public can tell the difference in the quality compared to the larger industry runner."
And much like the craft beer scene expect craft coffee to create a new coffee.
"I think this is just the tip of this coffee roasting thing, this is the beginning. I think every town will have several the way that every town has a few breweries."