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Daily Grind: Couple enjoys successes and challenges of running business together

The Red Rooster Trading Company in Bible Grove, Mo. (KTVO)

A couple who loves coffee, and loves each other more, Justin and Britta Burrus of Bible Grove, Missouri have been running their own business for nearly eight years.

The daily grind isn’t always easy, but for them, it’s good to the last drop.

Over coffee, the husband and wife team take a rare break from running their business.

“Justin always tells people that it’s a good thing that we like each other, and that’s really true, you’ve got to find a balance, we work with each other 24/7,” said Britta with a smile.

“She’s super talented, I couldn’t do it without her, wouldn’t want to do it without her,” Justin said.

They started the Red Rooster Trading Company in 2010.

“It’s kind of in our blood, both of our parents did their own thing. Justin’s dad was in construction as well, and my dad was a cabinet maker and my mom, they were always very creative, and so it makes sense,” Britta explained. “I always wanted to have my own store and I never realized I’d be out in the boonies and it’d be more online than brick and mortar.”

Their main product: a Camano coffee mill.

It’s been featured in local and national publications, like Martha Stewart Living.

“We sell it [the Camano coffee mill] all around the world, we have a distributor in Japan, we ship them to every continent, it’s been a lot of fun just to see where they go,” Justin said.

Getting the mill rolling was a tough grind though.

“We had to visit over a hundred foundries before we found the right foundry, either our parts were too hard to cast, or too complicated, or too expensive, or too small, so it took a lot of trial and error to find the right companies to work with,” Justin explained. “But once we got the kinks worked out, we have a far superior grinder, it’s made here in America, and we’re pretty proud about that.”

Today, they have something that’s all their own.

“It’s kind of cool to have your own patented product, made it America,” Britta said. “It’s been quite a process but we’ve learned a lot and it’s exciting for us.”

Through the smooth and rough times, in business, and in life, Justin and Britta, in it all together.

“We wear a lot of hats around here,” Britta said. “Most small business owners would know whether it’s bookwork, or doing taxes, dusting, packaging, but it’s fun. It keeps you on your toes and you don’t get bored.”

They’re now looking into coffee roasting – and selling coffee with the grinders.

Customers are invited to shop on The Red Rooster Trading Company website at any time.

The pop-up store with signature and vintage goods is also open the second Friday and Saturday of each month in Bible Grove, Missouri.

The hours for February are the 9th and 10th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check out the website for directions and details.

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