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Good friends, Annette and Elizabeth are back-to-basic artisans with local pride. Their Smalltown coffee is roasted, brewed and served with precision, vintage ideals and Midwestern warmth. They believe in a farm-to-cup business that starts small, invests local and supports communities. They both have experience in the coffee industry as baristas, roasters, and managers. The key to their success is the unique element of freshly roasted specialty coffee and the philosophy that people matter.

Elizabeth Steel

Elizabeth Steel

Owner

I have moved around my whole life, not claiming a home for a long time. Highland, Indiana though - third times a charm. Highland isn't necessarily known for it's stunning scenery, but...man, the people! More than anything it is the people who I claim as home. Consistent community has become invaluable to me. And then there is coffee: drinking it, brewing it, roasting it. All aspects of it fascinate me and give me a pleasure that is peaceful. It all began in a coffee shop as a night cleaner, working my way up to shift supervisor. I eventually become a professional roaster where my roasting, tasting, and precision skills flourished. Quality and process began to take precedent over quantity and ease. I grew to love the atmosphere and influence coffee shops can have. So here I am, back home for the third time, putting down roots, starting a coffee roastery.

Annette McKeown

Annette McKeown

Owner

I originally hail from a tiny town in Central Illinois but grew up in Wisconsin. I've spent the past 8 years learning to brew exceptional coffee, and the past 3 learning to grow produce organically and sustainably. My dream is to live in a community with a thriving local economy and sustainable local food production. I enjoy nerdy things like technology and research, but my favorite days are the ones spent working outside in the garden, or enjoying a good cup of coffee with friends. I really enjoy the process of helping people rediscover coffee: roasting it fresh, brewing it right, and drinking it together. Bringing this simple pleasure to a community that has given me so much makes me incredibly happy. This is where Northwest Indiana stands out to me. Since graduating from college it has been a place of friendship and community. A place that has become home.