If you are truly a coffee connoisseur, then you need to know about Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters. We are Citrus county’s first and only coffee roasters.
Here’s our Story:
Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters was started by a gentleman named, Stephen Dorst, in 2008, who was passionate about providing Citrus County, FL with a great cup of fresh roasted coffee. Stephen built the counters and cabinets in Hernando store, including the store’s focal point – the coffee bean bar. Stephen also came up with the name and logo for the business. The logo is a blue healer cattle dog, named Barney, which was Stephen’s dog. Stephen successfully opened the doors to the business, but tragically passed away only two days after opening, due to a blood clot.
One month later James and Heather Cook found the store in its bare core, and they saw the potential of a great business. James Cook, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University’s culinary program, grew up in the restaurant business in Crescent City, CA. He and Heather began experimental roasting from home with a popcorn popper!
Over the next 9 months they got to know the Dorst family and Stephen’s dream better. Following in the footsteps of Stephen to understand his journey and prove to the family they would be the perfect fit to take on Steven’s dream while building their own dream too, James and Heather reopened Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters on February 23, 2009.
Providing the Finest Coffee Anywhere
Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters strives to serve the best fresh roasted coffee, a progressive and eclectic menu and high end loose leaf teas. Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters is the perfect place “where friends come to meet”.
As true connoisseurs, the Cooks have added Nitrogen-infused (“Nitro”) cold brew on tap at the Hernando store. Now you can try “coffee flights,” which are similar to beer flights, but a lot easier on the driving record.
In March, 2017, Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters will be competing on the national coffee level with their amazing Cold Brew at Coffee Fest in Nashville, Tennessee. As one of only two coffee roasters selected from the State of Florida, James will be brewing and competing with roasters from around the U.S. for the title of America’s Best Cold Brew!
With the largest selection of fresh roasted coffee on property, including single origin from more than 20 countries, flavored (over 30 flavors), decafs, and blends, Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters is unique in Florida’s Nature Coast. They package ALL of their beans in K-cups on location, which allows you to choose your favorite bean and have it prepared for single brew, drip, and French press with one call.
The Food is Fresh, Simple and Delicious
As a graduate of Johnson and Wales University and a lifelong restaurateur, James Cook strives for simple, delicious and fresh in the Cattle Dog menu. The pastries and bread is baked on site (with a few exceptions). Sandwiches and salads are prepared to order. The menu changes with the seasons.
The Future Looks Bright
With eight years of testing and refining, while growing and improving, Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters will be adding at least one, and probably two stores in 2017. They are also working with Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness to open a shop on-site. As true professionals with a passion for excellent coffee and the willingness to invest in top of the line equipment, education and staff, they stand out in the Nature Coast coffee world. Make a visit there today and try a coffee flight or a Nitro. Take home a growler of cold brew and some k-cups to hold you over until your return… it will happen.