Our Story


Lumen Coffee opened in the fall of 2017 in northwest Rochester as the culmination of a local firefighter’s vision to provide convenient, high quality coffee, with a local connection and an emphasis on ethical sourcing. As a lifelong Rochester area native, my family and I value community connection, collaboration, and environmental sustainability.

Our efforts started by using organic, fair trade coffee beans, local milk, and locally sourced sweeteners as available, such as honey and maple syrup. Our milk provider, Kapper’s Big Red Barn, uses glass bottles which provides a tremendous reduction in waste, and we offer a not-too-shabby discount if you bring your own mug. We also offer much of our nitrogen-rich organic waste for composting. Please ask us how to get some…our compost pile is growing faster than we can use it!

As part of our effort to collaborate with other local businesses we’ve established budding relationships with Daube’s Bakery, Metz’s-Hartland Creamery, Hy-Vee, and Kapper’s Big Red Barn Dairy. In 2019 we opened our second location in Daube’s Bakery and Cafe on South Broadway and will soon be be providing coffee in the Daube’s Downtown Subway location.

We look forward to continue growing with the community as a business and as a family. Thanks for taking your time to learn our story.

Warm regards,

Bryce Fogelson

Lumen Coffee