Kubal Coffee Roaster’s owner Matt Godard came home from a 2004 trip to Guatemala with two things. Not only had he met his future wife, but he had also seen for himself the transformative effect that coffee can have on an entire culture. Inspired to bring some of that home to Syracuse, he bought a homemade 8 lb. batch roaster and started roasting in his parents’ basement, selling the beans to family and friends. From these humble origins, Kubal Coffee Roaster was born.
As Matt honed his craft, word began to spread. Before long he’d bought an old Royal #5 roaster and refurbished it himself. In 2007 Café Kubal’s first storefront opened in Syracuse’s Eastwood neighborhood. For the next two years, Matt roasted all of Café Kubal’s beans himself in the Eastwood cafe. Then in 2009 he opened an office, kitchen, and roasting space known as La Roasteria.
From the start, Kubal Coffee Roaster has been committed to sustainability and community involvement. Through his buying visits to coffee farms abroad, Matt knows firsthand just how vital coffee can be to people’s way of life. Kubal Coffee Roaster is dedicated to helping grow and sustain farmers and villages throughout the coffee growing world.
That philosophy applies at home in Syracuse, too, where Matt’s deep roots in the area have helped drive Kubal Coffee Roaster’s growth. Bob Doucette, who helped to lead the development of Syracuse’s Armory Square, reached out to Matt. The result of the partnership with Dey’s Brother Plaza is the Downtown Cafe, which opened in the fall of 2011 as the first anchor in developer Bob Doucette’s vision of turning the ground level of the building into a marketplace of local foods. And when the Rescue Mission wanted to launch a trendy thrift store with a coffee shop in it at Marshall Square Mall, they knew where to turn—Kubal Coffee Roaster. In turn, part of Kubal Coffee Roaster’s profit at the SU Cafe location is proudly donated to the Rescue Mission.
Coffee is a moment, an oasis away from the craziness of the storm of life. Kubal Coffee Roaster is a coffee company dedicated to bringing the experience and integrity of great coffee to downtown and to the greater Syracuse area.