A humble beginning
Tiny Arms is a modern coffee company established in Lowell, Mass in 2021. We started in a small shop not too far from the city center, a dedicated tiny team aiming to offer something new and exciting to Lowell. In 2023 we made the tough choice to close our cafe and focus solely on roasting.
Loring Smart Roaster
Seeking to always improve, Tiny Arms aims to use some of the best coffee equipment around to help deliver great coffee. With this in mind on January 3rd 2022 - we started roasting on a Loring (clean & more dependable roaster rather than our pervious roaster). We Ordered our own Loring but it is expected to arrive Mid-2023... In the meantime we have partnered with our friends at Union Coffee Roaster and are roasting on their Loring until ours arrives.
When Jon and Kate first dreamt up Tiny Arms they knew if they were going to be creating more “stuff” it would have to be done sustainably. Unfortunately, the coffee industry is not usually a sustainable one, but we think that should change. It starts with our partners, sustainable farms, sustainable suppliers, sustainable packaging, and our Loring Smart Roaster. It doesn’t end there, under our roof we believe in minimal waste, composting & recycling when possible, and generating as little landfill materials as we can. (we’re human and are really doing our best)
At Tiny Arms we believe that transparency is essential to remaining sustainable, this is why we share our importers and suppliers with all of you.
We believe in giving back to our community, creating a healthy work environment, and using our platform for good!
Our roots lie in sustainability, transparency, and quality. We are forever working to better our product, ourselves, but most importantly the planet we live in.
Tiny Arms started as a very tiny dream back in 2017 when Jon Santos and Kate Cutlip met. In 2019, Kate turned that dream into a very tiny ceramics company with a focus on vessels for specialty coffee. As Kate’s passion for ceramics grew, so did Jon’s desire to expand into a coffee roaster. At the end of 2019 they decided it’s was time to make this tiny dream a reality! Of course they didn’t know at the time that COVID-19 was about to sweep in and make things take a tiny bit longer. At the end of 2020 Jon and Kate settled in Lowell, MA at a beautiful mill. In 2023 Jon and Kate decided to sell the cafe and focus on roasting, moving their operation to Shirley, MA.
Jon grew up in New England but also spent some of his childhood in Brazil. Jon has spent his Adult years working in the coffee industry as a barista/roaster. He has become a very skilled barista with an exceptional palate, thanks to the last 10 years of working with some very talented people in the coffee industry. When Jon is not roasting coffee he enjoys traveling and street photography, and is the person behind the camera in all of our instagram posts (both Tiny Arms Coffee and Tiny Arms Ceramics).
Kate also grew up in New England. She attended Pratt Institute where she received a degree in Industrial Design with a minor in Sustainability. While she loved the product design and problem solving skills she learned there, she felt that sitting at a desk and designing more stuff while we are in an environmental crisis didn’t sit well with her. Ceramics naturally felt like the perfect direction to go into. She was able to have a strong focus in product design, but with minimal waste!