Rising Tide Roast Collab
A collaborative coffee coroasting space in south Austin dedicated to shared:
Equipment • Knowledge • Resources • Good Vibes • GrowthCo-roasting | Toll Roasting | Private Labellinginfo@risingtideroastcollab.com
Coroasting (you roast your coffee)
Toll roasting (we roast your coffee)
Private labeling / white labeling
Cuppings & classes
Advice & collaborationEmail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and details
Loring S35 Kestrel (35 kilo)
Aillio Bullet R1 V2 (1 kilo)
Ikawa Pro 50g sample roaster
+ equipment for production, cupping, brewing, and espresso.Coming soon! A mid-sized roaster in the 10-12 kilo range. Stay tuned...
Cuppings, CLASSES & consulting
Most of our classes are currently held on a by-request basis. Meaning: request a class, tell us when you're free, and we'll get it on the schedule!
We regularly hold importer cuppings and educational tastings that are open to the industry and the public.Cost: free - $10To sign up: Email email@example.com and request to be added to the events list.
Specialty Coffee 101
Learn about what makes specialty coffee, well, special. In this 2 hour workshop we cover: the history of coffee, commodity vs. specialty, the supply chain, processing, scores and quality, and the coffee taster’s flavor wheel. A cupping session is included.Cost: $100 (sliding scale rates available if the cost is prohibitive)To sign up: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Intro to Roasting
Intrigued by the thought of roasting your own coffee but don't know where to start? This workshop is the perfect introduction. You'll learn about roasting mechanics and recipe creation, and you'll complete 3 different roasts on the Arc 800 or AIllio Bullet to take home with you.Cost: $200/session. Come solo or with a small group (2-4 folks)To sign up: Email us at email@example.com
From green buying to menu planning, our one-on-one consulting can help you fast track your coffee business plans. For a list of topics we consult on, email firstname.lastname@example.org
By request we also offer:
Intro to Tasting Coffee
Green Coffee Essentials
Supply Chain Logistics
One-on-one roast training
Corporate/Group teambuilding activitiesDon't see what you're looking for? Tell us what you're interested in and we'll see what we can do! Weekday, evening, and weekend timeslots are email@example.com
RTRC is a collaborative coroasting space dedicated to positively impacting central Texas coffee roasters through the sharing of knowledge, resources, & hella good vibes. We believe in:Sharing what we know
The value of community
Kindness & inclusivity (no gatekeeping here!)
Making coffee profitable for ourselves and producers
Working towards social & environmental sustainability, at home & at origin
Rising tides (they lift all boats!)
KIMBERLY ZASH (she/her/hers) - Founder
Kimberly has 5+ years of experience in the Austin coffee scene, having co-founded Sightseer Coffee and worked at Greater Goods Coffee Roasting Co., Third Coast Coffee, and My Name Is Joe Coffee Co. She’s had a taste of just about every position in coffee, having worked as a dishwasher, barista, manager, green buyer, QC specialist, and head roaster—and she’s dabbled here and there on farms at origin, too. She currently serves on the board of the Austin Coffee Collective. She was an SCA Re:co Fellow in 2020 and a Les Dames d'Escoffier scholarship recipient in 2022. She's passionate about social sustainability, queer representation, and making jobs and education in the coffee industry accessible to underrepresented and talented people. Kimberly is proudly gay-married and a parent to fur babies who keep her life interesting and eat all of her plants.SARA GIBSON (she/her/hers) - Founder
Sara co-founded Sightseer Coffee, an impact-driven roasting company that sources exclusively from women producers. She previously worked as the head roaster, green buyer, and QA lead for Greater Goods Coffee, Roast Magazine’s Micro Roaster of the Year for 2021. Sara is passionate about gender equity, price sustainability, and accessible education in the coffee industry. She is a member of the Coffee Roasters Guild Leadership Council and often instructs at SCA and Roasters Guild events. Prior to coffee, she worked in digital content, marketing, and education. Sara has a degree in International Studies from UC Berkeley. She lives in Austin with her partner, two kids, and too many cats.
MEGAN (KEN) KENNADY (she/they/theirs) - Head of Education
Ken has been in coffee for over a decade. They began their coffee journey as a barista in a small town shop (enter 90’s sitcom hangout and laugh track). After falling in love with the space coffee provided for young, inquiring minds, Ken went on to work in fulfillment, operations management, equipment maintenance, roasting, CX, and education - all within coffee. They worked with Greater Goods as the Production and Operations Manager during a time of rapid growth and later helped create, manage, and maintain an external toll-roasting facility for Atlas Coffee Club. Ken eventually joined the CX team within Atlas where they built out an education curriculum to help their colleagues better understand product and process. Ken's passion in coffee is accessibility and inclusivity, as they believe everyone deserves the opportunity to learn and grow. Their goal at Rising Tide is to make sure that anyone who wants access to our collective wealth of knowledge is able to access it. Ken is a new parent and lives with their baby, husband, 2 cats, and a dog.
Sometimes people say nice things about us:
Daily Coffee News: Rising Tide Roast Collaborative Ready to Lift All Comers in Austin
Rising Tide Roast Collab receives The Luck Texas Family Grant for Inclusivity in Culinary Culture
RTRC wins a 2022 Oatly Big Idea Grant