OUR STORY

Freshly Roasted, Carefully Crafted, Small Batch Coffee


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Founded by husband & wife team, Thomas & Margaret Hess, Fortress Coffee seeks to provide only the freshest roasted whole bean coffee, which is carefully crafted and roasted in small batches to guarantee freshness. 

We're a husband & wife team who have an obsession with specialty coffee & providing good coffee to regular people. We ensure that each batch of coffee is roasted to order for maximum freshness & superior taste. We're all about taking a simple, responsible, & caring approach to coffee.

We offer various origins and blends of coffee for your drinking pleasure. All of the coffee we sell is small batch, handcrafted, and roasted to order. Listed on each bag is the specific roast date allowing you know exactly when your coffee was roasted.

We’re excited to share that the freshly opened Fortress Cafe is the first brick and mortar location for us. It’s also an opportunity to grow from a husband & wife team to an all around family affair.

Located inside Lean Rocket Lab in downtown Jackson, Michigan the cafe will offer breakfast and lunch options including grab-and-go health foods - like protein shakes, smoothies, breakfast bowls, baked oatmeal and chicken salad. The cafe exclusively serves Fortress Coffee and will sell whole bean coffee by the pound.

Be sure to follow Fortress Cafe & @fortresscafejxn on Facebook and Instagram for exclusive cafe updates. This site will remain a resource for individuals & businesses looking to purchase or serve Fortress Coffee. Email us at fortresscoffee@gmail.com for wholesale pricing or private labeling for your coffeeshop, business, or event (or visit our private label page for more information).


Fortress Coffee: www.fortress-coffee.com | fortresscoffee@gmail.com | @fortresscoffeeco

Fortress Cafe: www.fortresscafe.com | info@fortresscafe.com | @fortresscafejxn

Cafe Location: 133 W Michigan Ave Jackson, MI 49201 (located inside Lean Rocket Lab, open to the public -- old Swan Creek Candle building)


From the Owner, Thomas Hess

As a kid I used to tell people, “When I grow up I want to be a chef.” I liked cooking -- the idea of taking items that were not tasteful individually then making them collectively tasteful was very fulfilling for me. To be honest, I liked to eat… a lot. However, as I grew older I started to lean more towards a career path involving chemistry. Like cooking, the idea of making changes to create the desired outcome seemed like a fun and challenging game to me. As I visited various companies who hired chemists and chemical engineers, I realized the business and operation side behind the chemistry is really where I wanted to be. Roasting coffee is a perfect blend of all three. We started this home based business where I create edible chemistry and I am loving every second of this trifecta.