ABOUT  US

                   Ingenious Coffee Roasters is a community-based Coffee Shop located in Downtown Marion, North Carolina with in house fresh roasted coffee, full speciality coffee bar as well as   wholesale distrubution.

            We take pride in providing high quality, fresh roasted coffee to our

community and surrounding areas.  We have a passion for the coffee industry, love what we do and feel this shows in our end product, as well, as our customer service.  So come by for a bag of beans or coffee beverage prepared by professionals and watch our coffee production  team Live in action.

OUR TEAM

Eli Ornberg
Owner / Coffee Genius

Ingenious Coffee Roasters - Cleverly Crafted Coffee

       Hi, I am Eli Ornberg, Owner/Operator. As a bartender looking for a change I became fascinated with a local barista and the familiarity of making drinks. This began the idea for opening my first coffee shop with my parents The Crooked Door Coffee House.

       After 3 years’ experience as a barista and running a coffee shop I developed a passion and desire to learn more about coffee. I began reading every trade magazine I could get my hands on and moved on to work for a coffee roaster. It was there I began to learn the Art of

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” ~ Albert Einstein

Roasting as well as the experience in purchasing quality green coffee beans. My passion began to expand every day. As I learned more I began to realize the Science of Coffee seemed lacking, so I began to study and record data with every roast possible.

Then came the realization of the perfect combination for High Quality Coffee.

The Art of Coffee, The Passion of Coffee, as well as the Science of Coffee.

               In 2014 Ingenious Coffee Roasters  Wholesale was born with this combination.

In 2020 Our Full Retail Shop was launched I look forward to providing you with the best possible customer service, 20 years of Coffee knowledge and experience, and

Cleverly Crafted Coffee.

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Natasha Johnson
Production Speedster/ Does it all
 

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison

      Natasha is our Most loyal team member, and Queen Bee of Ingenious Coffee. She can be found     Packaging coffee, grinding coffee, flavoring       coffee, serving coffee, and sometimes drinking     coffee.   She is our Plant Protector and Caring   Mom on Site.   She has been with Ingenious Since  2017.

        Her free time she loves to visit the Animal shelter and give those looking for adoption love and care as well as a Very Crafty Genius.  She has made multiple coffee decorations as well as the one you see in this picture.

        Natasha is originally from Ukraine until meeting our current Roaster Jody Johnson as pen pals.  They began a long distance relationship through letters and eventually married and now reside in the USA !

<<<<<<One of Natasha's Ingenious Crafts !!

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Mike Ornberg
The Godfather of Coffee
 

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    Mike Ornberg originally brought specialty coffee to Marion , N.C. in 2001 with the opening of the Crooked Door Coffee shop.  Partnering with his wife Ellen Ornberg and Son Eli Ornberg The old Eagle Hotel was purchased and upstairs the Crooked Door opened with Mike and Ellens Custom Framing and Art Gallery placed as well.  Each Hotel Room Showcased Framed art and was a super plus to the Crooked Door with Customers being able to purchase coffee as well as browse through the building looking at the Art.

         After selling the Crooked Door and Retiring from the art business Mike Continued with coffee with the help consulting son Eli Ornberg with the opening of Ingenious Coffee Roasters in 2014.

       The beginning wholesale business had its stuggles and Mike was a big impact and help getting us going.

           With the opening of Ingenious Retail in 2020  Mike Continued with helping consulting as well as part time barista.   He is very addiment about perfect drinks as well as very good with talking to customers about coffee or just about anything.   On free time Mike enjoys Iracing as well as Sailing his boat with Wife Ellen based in Punta Gorda Florida

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 <<<<<   Mike Enjoying entertaining children with his favorite puppet !

Asher Burgess
Switch Hitter/ Does it All
 

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     Asher comes to Ingenious from customer to employee.   His wiliness to do different jobs is an asset more valuable than gold.   Asher helps with production on some days and then switches his hat to barista on others.  Young and willing he is a great team player and has more to come from Ingenious.  On his time off he enjoys his family as well as hiking and recently enjoyed a trip out west to see the Grand Canyon as well as other sites.   His favorite term is "Ok Boss  whats next ?"    Could you ask for more......

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