By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 7, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Two of Tallahassee's top coffee roasters are joining forces.
RedEye Coffee and Catalina Cafe announced Thursday that the companies will merge, operating under the RedEye brand.
"We started really just dreaming about, what if we came together? We have the same kind of values," said RedEye founder Mark McNees. "We're really thinking that we've brought together the best of both companies to create one really special company."
McNees will stay on as CEO. Barby Moro will be RedEye COO, Patricia Allaire will be Culinary Director and Maurice Moulton will be Master Roaster.
In all, the team will operate six locations including Midtown, Bannerman Crossing, Gaines Street, Capital Regional and two on Capital Circle.
And, they plan to expand, becoming the latest company to open shop on south Adams Street.
RedEye will open its headquarters across from Proof Brewing and Happy Motoring, an area that is surging with redevelopment. All roasting will happen from that location.
"It's definitely an exciting time. We were stretched very thin," said Moulton, who is co-founder of Catalina. "This is very helpful to allow us more time to focus in on our crafts."
Crafts, like roasting and visiting various farms for coffee beans. Moulton said merge will allow them to also produce better quality roasts.
McNees said under the collaboration, patrons can still expect RedEye to carry out its mission of donating profits to local and global empowerment charities. And, he hopes the larger footprint will allow them to make even greater contributions.
"My hope is that with the company growing that we'll be able to give even more money away. My goal is still a million dollars to local and global charities by 2026," he said.