SCOTTSBORO, ALA. — The majority of the world cannot imagine starting their day without the help of a little roasted bean. Google reports reveal that over 1 billion people all over the world drink coffee. It is estimated that 64 percent of Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee every day. Joel and Brooklyn Tinker are addressing this need in Scottsboro by opening Alabaster Coffee Company.
The newly founded business is anticipating a grand opening the first part of October. The couple have been working feverishly on renovations for their new business, which is located in the plaza adjacent to the Hollywood 10 Cinema movie theater on Broad Street.
The duo have visited over 50 coffee shops, in the tri-state area, investigating both the various coffee blends and seeing how other coffee shops present themselves and their product. Their research led them to a roasting company in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Tinker’s decided to use the coffee roasting company Mahalo Coffee, owned by NASCAR Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne. “We received training at the Knoxville location and they ship us their roasted beans which we grind and serve at our shop,” said Joel. “It takes a lot of research and time to come up with a high-quality blend.”
The couple chose the name Alabaster from a bible passage in recognition of their spiritual roots. The Tinkers have been a part of the Scottsboro community since 2011. Joel previously worked as an electrical engineer for the Department of Defense in Huntsville for five years before attempting to make their dream business a reality.
Barista is the Italian word for barkeeper, also known in modern times as a coffee artist. The Tinkers are both baristas and their menu at the Alabaster Coffee Company will include various flavored specialty coffees such as espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, as well as standard drip. A signature blend, a cold brew coffee, various teas, and hot chocolate will also be part of the offerings.
Pastries will be available to accompany customer’s cups of java. “At this time, we are sourcing our pastries from other vendors,” said Joel. “Our goal is to eventually make our own pastries.” Other future plans for the shop include creating an out-of-doors dining area. The indoor space accommodates seating for 30. Curbside service is available. The shop will host Wi-Fi for customers.
Initially business hours will be Monday – Wednesday & Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Located at 3509 S. Broad Street, Suite 209, Scottsboro. Follow on Facebook and Instagram for updates on business phone number and app for ordering online.
David Letterman — “If it wasn’t for coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.”