Umble Coffee makes a proud pour | Life

The mission of Umble Coffee Company is to make healthy and delicious coffee accessible to everyone. The Starkville company was founded in 2017 by Kenneth Thomas, physician and owner of Umble Coffee.

Thomas explained that “Umble” is really a play on the word humble. Thomas wanted a business that made great coffee without the pretense that usually follows specialty coffee.

“One issue that we see in most specialty coffees is some sort of aloof attitude or almost like arrogance at times, or some intimidating factor that you know with specialty coffee and we wanted to be great coffee but accessible, so that everything fits, ”Thomas mentioned.

Umble Coffee is not only accessible to users, but it is also a high quality brew. Will Stanard, a political science student, appreciated the exceptional caliber of Umble Coffee.

“I love Umble Coffee because I find it to be very good quality and extremely pleasant to drink! I also love that it is a Starkville company and is doing so well,” Stanard said.

Making an accessible, high-quality, and healthy cup of coffee takes skill and intention, along with careful research. With a background in chemical engineering and experience as a physician, Kenneth Thomas was able to research and perfect a roasting method that provides fresher, tastier coffee. After his mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he realized that while coffee can be a good source of antioxidants, most of what we drink is unhealthy. He found that for many people, drinking coffee can cause health problems, especially when cream and sugar are added.

After much research, Thomas was able to develop a method of roasting beans that resulted in the signature blends he sells today. On their website,, There is a Healthy coffee calculator. This can be used to test the nutrition of any coffee. Users can simply enter their coffee bag information and check the health status.

According to them websiteIt is this consideration of health and nutrition that sets Umble apart from other roasters.

“There is no other coffee company like Umble – we are the original healthy coffee. We are 100% focused on making the healthiest coffee imaginable.”

Umble not only serves a healthy roast, but also a proven, award-winning roast. Umble is proud to represent Mississippi in competitions against major coffee companies in the Pacific Northwest and Northeast. Some of their roasts have won the top 15 national competitions. The company’s goal is to become a regional and even national presence and to offer some competition to companies like Starbucks by providing a healthier option that suits a busy lifestyle.

Umble employs two students from Mississippi State University. Junior Kinesiology Major Mycah Sanders does a lot of roasting and Senior Kinesiology Major Walker Hardin packs, ships and delivers orders.

Sanders and Hardin were able to play a vital role in the roasting and distribution of Umble Coffee. Since working at Umble, Hardin has gained a greater appreciation for his morning drink.

“I used to love coffee before, but working at Umble really helped me appreciate it better because now I can see all the hard work that goes into making a mug,” Hardin said.

Thomas pointed out how skilled Sanders has become at roasting beans.

“Mycah Sanders… honestly does most of the roasting now and she does a phenomenal job, you know I kind of taught her, but she also wanted to learn and she really enjoys it and she’s really good at it.” Thomas said.

Umble produces five different coffee roasts, and the beans for each come from a different country. “Le Decaf” is made from beans grown in Colombia. The lightest, “The Breakaway”, is made from Ethiopian beans. “Front Runner” is a medium roast brewed from Colombian beans and “Base Camp”, from Brazil, is a dark roast. The fifth roast, “Upper 90”, is what Thomas calls “coffee for a cause”.

“We are working directly in partnership with a coffee plantation and Christian orphanage in Zambia, and we are giving them back a lot of money,” Thomas said.

Like all businesses, COVID has provided a challenge for business.

“A lot of our customers are, you know, restaurants or cafes. And so I mean if they were down, then we were down. The places where the coffee was glowing were in the grocery stores back then; we were. weren’t in the grocery stores, ”Thomas says.

Fortunately, the company was able to adapt and moved its product to grocery stores such as Kroger. Originally the plan was to sell online, but wholesale took off in restaurants and cafes. Umble’s coffee is currently available in many locations in Starkville, including Proof Bakery, 929, Kroger, and The Fountain Bakery on campus.

With five different roasts and as many different dispensers, Umble has a steaming mug for every coffee drinker in Starkville. Hardin encourages local students and residents of Starkville to go out and try a cup.

“I’ve drunk them all, and if you haven’t tried the coffee, give it a try. It’s really good,” Hardin said.

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