Hans Heyert fell in love with coffee in Arizona. He was shopping in a natural food store and had a taste of the coffee they were distributing. He says he knew immediately that it was unlike anything he had tasted before.
Hans Heyert fell in love with coffee in Arizona. He was shopping in a natural food store and had a taste of the coffee they were distributing. He says he knew immediately that it was unlike anything he had tasted before. After talking with the staff, they told him that the coffee was being produced from Prescott Roasters. From this point, he knew he had to find out how it was done.
Later on, Heyert went to meet with the owners of Prescott Roasters and became good friends. He became interested in the process of roasting coffee and creating a great cup. This was 10 years ago. Now, Heyert has opened his own coffee roasting shop in Camdenton called Nite Owl Roasters, where he is doing it all on his own.
Heyert began learning the ways of roasting just six months ago after being inspired to finally open the store. He also stocks imported roasted beans from Prescott Roasters. From Honduras beans to Ethiopian blend, he says the process is getting better all the time and he’s excited to share what he’s made with the community. One of the goals with Nite Owl is to create a space that’s unique to the Camdenton area. Heyert says that he feels the town needs somewhere to get good coffee and relax in the later part of the evening, not just in the morning. This was inspired by a night at the Ozarks Amphitheatre. He wanted a place to go afterward on this Friday night that wasn’t a bar, just a commonplace for people to gather. That’s what he now hopes to turn Nite Owl into.
“This town has a quiet nightlife,” Heyert said. “I just thought I could bring something new for people to do.”
With a projector screen in hand, Heyert wants to provide a calm family atmosphere with movie screenings on the weekends. By blending the drinks provided with the outdoor screening, he sees it as a unique idea that may give Camdenton something new to enjoy.
Heyert owns the building where Nite Owl is housed and has been putting hours of renovations to make it feel more suitable for the the business. What once was a title company now sits as a peaceful cabin aesthetic that he says is coming around exactly how he pictured.
Eventually, Heyert hopes to get his beans into a commercial space and hopefully expand into local groceries. His friend in Prescott had success working at this level and has provided a blueprint that Heyert plans to use to continue to grow. However, his main focus is to provide a new space for Camdenton.
“There are so many different attributes to coffee,” Heyert said. “I want people to be interested and want to learn how to make a great cup.”
Eventually, Heyert is planning on expanding the business to also include BBQ selections that he will smoke out front and have available for the lunch and dinner crowd. With a similar idea to the coffee roasting, he says the plan is to bring a new food choice to the area. With sirloin burgers and other selections to be determined, he sees the late night crowd as having a wide selection of reasons to stop by.
Nite Owl Roasting can be found at 785 E. Hwy 54, Camdenton, east of the US 54/Hwy 7 overpass near SuperLube and across the street from Subway.