We previously introduced you to Muletown Roasted Coffee, creators of our house coffee, The Factory Blend. Co-owners Chris Weninegar and Matt Johnson, who originally met here in the Shoals, established their roasting and retail facility on the main square in downtown Columbia, Tennessee. Two years have passed since we last spoke with them, and for Gourmet Coffee Day we revisit the company to see how it has grown.
The town of Columbia warmly embraces Muletown, so much so that last January they opened a second location called Muletown West. The building originally housed their San Franciscan SF-25 roaster, which didn’t fit in their downtown shop. But with a high school, middle school, and university close by, they recognized that Muletown could repurpose the space and create another cafe to service that side of town.
Over the following year, the company remodeled the Muletown Heritage downtown location, while building out the 3,000 square foot Muletown West roasting facility. Drawing from their music backgrounds, Weninegar and Johnson formed an idea—they could use their space to feature some of their favorite regional musicians. Muletown partnered with Listerhill Credit Union to present Muletown Live, a Fall concert series. The series’ inaugural year brought musicians like Firekid and Elenowen into the community. They plan to continue the series in 2017, so keep an eye open for the line-up. In addition to the concert series, the duo founded a small, in-house record label and will soon release a compilation of songs written and performed by their employees.
The company has also recently launched a subscription coffee service. The program allows custom-ordered coffee to be delivered to members’ homes as often as they need. You can view their coffee selections and order an all-purpose or blend subscription on the Muletown website.
As one of Muletown’s earliest clients, we are proud to support our friends as they grow. From January 16th through January 21st—in celebration of Gourmet Coffee Day—the Factory Café will feature The Factory Blend in a new dessert, our house-made Tiramisu, and (as always) all day by the cup. We’re also selling packaged Chocolate Coffee Bark at The Factory from now until the weather warms up.
Visit Muletown’s two locations in Columbia, Tennessee, or stop by The Café to taste a cup of The Factory Blend. If you drink your coffee at home, we also sell whole bean or ground 12 oz bags in-store and online.
Photos courtesy of Muletown