[Spotlight] The Traveling Bean
By: Jennifer Zeleski
There’s a new coffee shop tucked away in downtown Kernersville, owned and operated by the former owners of Beans Boro in Greensboro. The Traveling Bean is the only in-store roasting coffee shop in the area, offering fresh drip coffee and traditional drinks ranging from cortados to macchiatos.
Since its opening on Oct. 21, 2017, his regulars have continued their commitment to his coffee. “I’ve had a huge amount of support,” Burge said.“On day one, half of the store was Greensboro people.”
Burge is a self-taught roaster who not only perfects the coffee blends but also works the espresso machine, blender and other equipment behind the counter.
“I’ve been in the industry for quite awhile,” Burge said. “But I’ve always had a passion for coffee.”
He also knows what he expects out of his blends.
“With the coffee that I currently have, I have a certain spot that I like to roast them too,” Burge said. “Certain smells, certain time, certain temperatures [within the roasting process].”
With various five-gallon buckets and large plastic containers around the store, it is evident that roasting is an ongoing process, and customers can be surprised by what blend they might try on any given day.
“With the way I roast, I try to keep things pretty fresh,” Burge said. But the process of a new roast follows a common routine. “[When starting the roast] I’m looking at the origin, the characteristic, the type of coffee it is, and I usually do one trial roast,” Burge said. “From there I usually have a good spot on idea of where I want it.”
One thing that sets The Traveling Bean apart from others, aside from being a family-owned coffee shop, is their commitment to producing new roasts on a consistent basis. When you purchase a cup at The Traveling Bean, “You’re going to get a coffee that’s a week or less old.”
The new store offers more of a family atmosphere than its predecessor, with comfortable furniture, a large chalkboard and a small play area for kids. Burge is planning on having more family-oriented events in the coming months. “Once it gets warmer we’re gonna start doing music, and soon we’re going to start doing game nights,” Burge said.
Until then, “I just want to bring good coffee to Kernersville,” Burge said. As for what brew to expect on the day you visit, “In the morning, whatever hand lands on those buckets is what I brew.”
Want to grab a cup of coffee? Visit the Traveling Bean at 126-A South Main St. in Kernersville.