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The Gazebo

It started with Lynn Burkholder.

If you know him well, you won’t be surprised to hear that a visit from friends inspired him to roast his own coffee in a popcorn popper. Yes, you read that right.

Merle and Rita Nisley were traveling from their home in Ontario, Canada when they paid a visit to the Burkholder home. Merle is a coffee roaster and brought freshly roasted beans to share. Lynn and Lynne were almost exclusively tea drinkers so instead of a coffee grinder they had to use a blender! It’s not an exaggeration to say that the cup of coffee they shared that evening changed everything. Lynn began experimenting with roasting in a hot-air popcorn maker. 

When they say “and the rest is history,” they usually mean that’s where we stop telling the story. But we’d like to keep going if it’s ok with you?