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Now open: Legendary Beans in Genesee Internal Medicine building in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Founder of Legendary Beans, Dennis Gleason says that he wasn’t a big coffee guy… But coffee’s origin story in Ethiopia piqued his interest.

“In 700 A.D., a goat herder was herding goats in the Ethiopian forest, and noticed the goats were getting hyper, that was because the beans had caffeine in it,” he said.

Soon after, he found a coffee farm in the same region in Ethiopia and began buying their beans. He started roasting beans at his home business before going to The Commissary, a kitchen and food business incubator in Rochester.

As his business grew, he took his business to Rochester’s Public Market.

“The feedback was so good, and people kept asking where is your location, and I had to say, well I don’t have one yet. So it was listening to the customers,” he said.

That was less than a year ago, and his first first brick and mortar location has been open for a year now.

It’s tucked in Rochester Regional Health’s Genesee Internal Health location on Alexander St. in Rochester. Legendary Beans is open to the public.

He serves Ethiopian coffee, roasted at The Commissary with many specialty lattes, breakfast sandwiches, bags of coffee, and is stocked with Commissary members’ goods.

“Business has been great, been a big learning curve,” he said.

They are open every day of the week, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Founder of Legendary Beans, Dennis Gleason says that he wasn’t a big coffee guy… But coffee’s origin story in Ethiopia piqued his interest.

“In 700 A.D., a goat herder was herding goats in the Ethiopian forest, and noticed the goats were getting hyper, that was because the beans had caffeine in it,” he said.

Soon after, he found a coffee farm in the same region in Ethiopia and began buying their beans. He started roasting beans at his home business before going to The Commissary, a kitchen and food business incubator in Rochester.

As his business grew, he took his business to Rochester’s Public Market.

“The feedback was so good, and people kept asking where is your location, and I had to say, well I don’t have one yet. So it was listening to the customers,” he said.

That was less than a year ago, and his first first brick and mortar location has been open for a year now.

It’s tucked in Rochester Regional Health’s Genesee Internal Health location on Alexander St. in Rochester. Legendary Beans is open to the public.

He serves Ethiopian coffee, roasted at The Commissary with many specialty lattes, breakfast sandwiches, bags of coffee, and is stocked with Commissary members’ goods.

“Business has been great, been a big learning curve,” he said.

They are open every day of the week, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. Read More Local BusinessRochesterFirst  

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