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Made in South Dakota: Cherrybean Coffee Company

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This February we are continuing one of yours and our favorite segments, Made in South Dakota. Every Monday morning this month KSFY News reporter Bridget Bennett will feature a product made somewhere in the state.

This week we head to a farm just outside of Parker that is the new home of Cherrybean Coffee Company.

"The first step is to weigh out the raw coffee beans; we weigh out twenty five pounds. Once we have it weighed out we dump it into the roaster to get the process started," said Cherrybean Coffee Company Owner Brett Smith.

In his new, larger roaster, Smith roasts nearly 30,000 pounds of coffee every year.

"We were doing over 20,000 pounds of coffee on that smaller roaster for the year and that's when we decided that we had to bump it up," said Smith.

All of that coffee is produced and packaged in this tiny workshop on Smith's farm, with only one set of hands to do the work.

"I am shipping receiving, accounting, I'm the roaster, I'm the packager, some days I'm really lucky enough to have my wife come in and help," said Smith.

But when it comes to roasting the beans, Smith prepares every batch himself for a precise and uniform flavor in each bag.

"I think every roaster has a different style of roasting whether it is the roaster [the machine] or the Roaster. There are obviously different roasters out on the market and they do roast a bean differently," said Smith.

Those who find they love the taste of Cherrybean coffee just can't get enough, especially when it's paired with their favorite sweet treat.

"We believe it's the best coffee in town so might as well serve it with the best donuts in town," said Kari Hoff.

You can find Cherrybean coffee served at Flyboy donuts in Sioux Falls and Tea and at the Cookie Jar in downtown.

"We thought it was important as a local business owner to support another small business," said Hoff.

"We are one of the only if not the only roaster in South Dakota that is that is not only certified fair trade, we are also certified organic. So we only roast certified fair trade organic coffee," said Smith.

Bags of Cherrybean coffee are also sold at several retailers across the region.

"All of the Hy-Vee stores in Sioux Falls sell Cherrybean coffee, if they have a health foods section, that's where you'll find us because we are fair trade and organic," said Carmen Smith, Brett's wife who manages most of Cherrybean's marketing and sales.

What you'll find on store shelves is also very fresh.

"We roast to order, its not like we have a lot of product sitting around, we pick up product, we roast the product, package it and take it to your door," said Carmen Smith.

While the Smiths never dreamed they'd be in the coffee business.

"Not in a million years. If you would have told me before this ever happened—Brett, you're going to be roasting coffee someday not even. I didn't even drink coffee until probably about five years ago, six years ago," said Brett Smith.

It now takes a cup of Cherrybean coffee to keep him roasting every day.

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