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SHOP TALK:6th Street Coffee Company owner Kreig Adkins explains his coffee bean roasting processto customer Angie Braden during her visit tothe new business located at 7 E. 6th Street.
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ABOVE, HOUSE BLENDS: Kreig Adkins puts his mug shots, which are similiar to K-Cups, on display for customers to purchase at 6th Street Coffee Company.

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com

Peru residents welcomed the 6th Street Coffee Company during their grand opening April 14.

According to local resident and owner, Kreig Adkins, 6th Street Coffee Company is a custom coffee roasting shop. The shop carries coffee from all over the world and is roasted to the customer’s specifications.

“We make coffee your way,” Adkins said.

Adkins got the idea for the business from his daughter who is a roaster and barista in Syracuse. She was the one who got Adkins into coffee in the first place and he liked doing it so much he decided to build a business around it.

“I would have never believed that I would have done this,” Adkins said.

However, he did do it and the whole process took him over a year to complete.

The shop has over thirty different single-origin coffees,which are coffees grown within a single known geographic location, and flavors Adkins prepares himself. He also has mug shots – similar to a K-cup – he makes himself and customers can buy individually.

“You can experiment and have fun with it” he said. “You can find the coffee that you really, really like and then come and get great, fresh coffee anytime you want.”

However, Adkins doesn’t actually brew the coffee in his shop. He only sells the beans, mug shots, loose leaf tea and other products so customers can take it home.

According to Adkins, he doesn’t want to compete with the other businesses around him. In fact, he wants to partner with them.

Alongside selling coffee in his shop, he is working on selling his products to other businesses.

“Coffee shops, doughnut shops, restaurants, hotels, anybody that wants it,” he said.

Adkins is already supplying his products to Black Dog Coffee Shop in Logansport and several other businesses.

“Black Dog carries my whole line and I’m going to private label for them,” he said.

Adkins also said if the businesses keep coming then he’ll keep growing.

Currently, Adkins is working on supplying products to a few businesses in Peru and surrounding areas.

He hopes he can partner with other places around town to bring them local products.

Selling wholesale to other businesses also boosts recognition for 6th Street Coffee Company. In fact, one customer, Angie Braden, sampled Adkin’s coffee for the first time at Black Dog Coffee Shop.

Braden likes that Peru has something like 6th Street Coffee Company and Adkins is providing a local service to community members.

“It’s delicious,” Braden said. “But it’s nice that it’s local.”

“I built the business with the wholesale business being a focus,” Adkins said. “When I built the building and I built my production, it was built for production.”

6th Street Coffee Company made its debut during Second Saturday and Adkins plans to get involved with more community events in the future.

“I’ve talked to Cole Porter Festival about supplying coffee for their brunch if they have it,” he said. “I’ve talked to some people about doing a coffee tasting.”

According to Adkins, drinking coffee is meant to be an experience. He said coffee from Africa doesn’t taste the same as coffee from Asia or South America and 6th Street Coffee Company is a way for customers to experiment and try it all.

“It’s a personal thing and here we believe in personal coffee,” he said. “That’s what I’m here to do-- provide you the coffee you want to drink the way you want it.”

6th Street Coffee Company is located at 7 E. 6th St., and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and is closed on Sunday.