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Meet Miriam and Brian Protsman of Switchbox Coffee Roasters in Oakland Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Miriam and Brian Protsman.

Miriam, Brian, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I think it began with us hanging out in coffee shops back in the ’90s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We had some other friends that had cafes and we would sit there and enjoy coffee all day long. Local roasters were just starting to pop up during that time. I think that’s what started our love for coffee; just hanging out in coffee shops.

The home roasting began in early 2006. After a while of roasting for ourselves, family and friends, Brian got a job as a roaster commercially. After a few years in South Florida roasting, an opportunity to move to Denver popped up. We jumped on the opportunity and moved to Colorado. The coffee scene there is huge! We fell in love with all aspects of coffee.

The tug on our hearts to open our own shop grew stronger and stronger. After 5 years of living in Colorado we decided to move back to South Florida and open Switchbox. We knew it wouldn’t be easy to step out on our own but this journey has been remarkable. We recently celebrated our 2nd year of being in business. The team at Switchbox has become family. They make it great! We love being a part of this Specialty Coffee community.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been an experience!

The customers we started with weren’t used to a coffee roastery. Many wanted us to be a restaurant/cafe and expressed their own ideas of what we should offer. We’ve tried to adapt to our customers while staying true to our vision.

Roasting coffee is Science, skill and technique. Each roaster does it differently. Customers know that when they walk into Switchbox they will get a quality cup of coffee, roasted to a level what’s best for each varietal or blend.

Please tell us about Switchbox Coffee Roasters.
We are a small batch coffee roastery. We roast all of our coffee in house. We provide coffee on a retail and wholesale level.

We are most proud of the quality of our coffee. Special care goes into sourcing the best green beans, roasting, brewing and presentation. The taste will speak for itself.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I can’t really narrow it down to one! I had a great childhood.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3446 NE 12th Ave
    Oakland Park, FL 33334
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  • Phone: (888) 849-7269
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  • Instagram: switchboxcoffee
  • Facebook: SwitchBox Coffee Roasters
  • Yelp: Switchbox Coffee

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Alex Workman
Matt Carvalho

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