Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus got a first hand look at Irving Farm Coffee Company’s operations in Millerton with owner Steve Leven and Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) President and CEO Anne Conroy when they toured the company’s coffee roasting operation.
“This is a great example of the unique jewels we have here in Dutchess County. It is really inspiring to see small business entrepreneurs such as Steve who have put in true sweat equity to create a successful, thriving operation,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
Irving Farm Coffee Company was established in Millerton in 1999, starting with an early 19th century carriage house which was converted into a modern roasting facility. The company expanded into a restored barn to accommodate increased production demands. Today, Irving Farm offers 39 custom blends and is available in fine restaurants and cafes, gourmet stores, online and through mail order. The company coffee blends can also be enjoyed at the company’s cafes; Irving Place Coffee & Tea Bar in New York City and Irving Farm Coffee House on Main Street in Millerton, NY. A third location in New York City is expected to open this summer. The company has recently purchased a four acre parcel on Route 22 in Millerton and will begin the planning process to build a 10,000 square foot facility within the next year.
County Executive Steinhaus and Anne Conroy discussed the possible availability of special government backed loan programs to help finance new real estate construction and the purchase of new equipment. It was also noted Irving Farm Coffee Company may be eligible for trade show grants available through the DCEDC. Mr. Leven is investigating solar panels for the new facility, so the possibility of NYSERDA grants was also discussed.
“We are also happy to have the opportunity to talk one on one with business owners and share insights as to what resources are available to entrepreneurs with the assistance of DCEDC. Our ultimate goal is to support the local businesses here in Dutchess County and help them to succeed and grow,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.