Not Your Average Gas Station Coffee

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As you enter Cody Coffee Roasters you are greeted by a wave of heat, the smell of coffee and the buzz of conversation. On the wall, a picture of the Blue Angels in flight resides, a souvenir from when the same group of aviators had to make an unscheduled landing in the nearby Yellowstone Regional Airport. Behind the bar a black board advertises the menu, crepes, sandwiches and coffee are the main features of the board. Ceramic mugs dangle from hooks on the ceiling, part of a marketing deal the owner came up with to sell more coffee. Cody Coffee Roasters is certainly a unique shop in the Cody community, but it won’t be for very long. Cody Coffee Roasters’ owner, Jesse Renfors, is planning on opening a second location that will be called The Station.

Cody Coffee Roasters is not Renfors first coffee shop. “I operated a little coffee shop in Utah at the base of a ski mountain,” said Renfors. “My roaster would come in in the morning and drop off the beans and go skiing for the rest of the day and it made me jealous.”

Renfors started by simply roasting coffee in a secondhand peanut roaster as a hobby. “When we moved here I was a stay-at-home dad and I wanted a hobby. We bought a peanut roaster and started roasting beans in one pound batches, in comparison to the 10 kilogram batches we roast now. I started by sharing with friends and family, and I started advertising on Cody Classifieds. I would give out free samples in mason jars and people liked it.”
As the demand for his coffee grew, he bought a camper trailer and converted it into a roasting room. Eventually the popularity demanded a permanent location.

Renfors opened the current location in June of 2016 in a building formerly occupied by Stewart’s Mercantile.

In June of 2018 Renfors walked through the eventual location. “I didn’t want to open a second location, but when I walked through I knew that this place was going to be a great location.”

Renfors hopes The Station will be more accessible to Cody High School students. “With Mojoes [sic] gone, there are less options for those guys. We’re hoping we can get people in and out as fast as we can. We’re going to have two espresso machines, a drive thru, and an app There are going to be several ways to pay, and The Station is going to have a lot more horsepower.”

The Station will be located at 919 16th Street Cody, Wyo. in a former gas station. Renfors expects The Station to open by March 18, 2019.