Our Story

The people (and roasters) behind the coffee.

Nathan Polly Nate's Coffee Owner and Master Roaster

Nathan Polly

Owner/Master Roaster

Nathan Polly is a born and bred Lexingtonian who has always had a passion for coffee. Even when he was younger he knew someday he would own his coffee business. With years of experience on his side he jumped into the field of roasting and created Nate’s Coffee. He is married to his best friend and biggest supporter Megan, and they recently welcomed their daughter Emmaline.

Contact Nate by email: natescoffee at gmail.com

Trish Murphy

Trish Murphy

Bean Maven/Vice President

Trish aka the Bean Maven, is a perpetual student of coffee. Hailing from Des Moines, she came to the Bluegrass by way of the Patterson School of Diplomacy. Always excited to learn more about roasting and brewing, she was Nate’s first intern before becoming the first employee. Trish’s passions outside coffee include books and literacy, singing and watching all of the sports with her Diego.

Have a marketing or event idea? Contact Trish by email: trish at natescoffee.com

Tommy Rayome

General Manager

After graduating from High School, Tommy jumped straight into the food service industry. He strives to provide an excellent guest experience while delivering quality products. From pizza, to BBQ, he is now honing his skills as a barista. He develops genuine relationships with his customers and enjoys offering the best cup of coffee in Lexington. Tommy also enjoys cats, cooking and all of the music.

Amantha Cook

Roaster/Production Badass

She is our new full-time roaster. Amantha‘s favorite coffee beverage is a flashbrewed iced coffee. She has two cats and one husband, loves Harry Potter and enjoys baking. Also: Amantha was the national French Scrabble champion in her youth. Très bien!

Big Blue Coffee Roaster

Big Blue

Roaster Extraordinaire

Big Blue is the hardest working member of our team, but he never seems to sweat, even at temperatures of 460 degrees F! Made in Turkey and assembled in Florida, Blue made a great journey to be the best small batch roaster in town. He loves roasting new coffees from all over the world and listening to basketball games on the radio.

Ol' Yeller Coffee Roaster

Ol’ Yellar

Roaster Emeritus

Ol’ Yellar is wise old roaster. He was born in Clearwater, FL but lived most of his life in Bellingham, WA before moving to Lexington, KY. He worked diligently to provide the best roast that he could. He wishes to someday be in a coffee shop window showing the world his wonder.