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Hidden Gems: Meet Scott Homan of Citrus Coffee Company

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Homan.

Hi Scott, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I grew up in Clermont and started out my career in real estate. After five years, I decided it was time to make a change and I took over the operations and management of the Citrus Tower. My wife and I spent the first year and a half renovating the lobby, observation deck, and outside grounds. Our goal for the tower has been to create a space for the community, keep history alive and provide unique experiences. In October of 2020, we celebrated the grand opening of Citrus Coffee Co-located in the lobby area of the Citrus Tower. The idea of a coffee shop fits perfectly with the overall vision of a community-oriented space.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The main challenge so far is the fact that we launched Citrus in the middle of the pandemic. But, the support from friends, family, and the community has made every moment worth it. Another challenge is the layout of the lobby and the smaller-than-average space to work with behind the counter. However, the smaller space requires us to only store what we absolutely need and this results in less work overall for our employees and less stuff to manage.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Citrus Coffee Company?
My wife and I started Citrus Coffee Company one year ago. We specialize in citrus-inspired drinks and offer a line of high-quality, hand-crafted, specialty coffees including espresso, pour overs, and cold brew. All of our products are best enjoyed at the Top of the Tower where you can sip citrus-inspired drinks on the 19th floor of the Citrus Tower enjoying the sights and learning about the historic Citrus industry.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
We spent months in recipe development for some of our products. We researched, traveled, and tested countless spices, juices, and cooking techniques to come up with a handful of our recipes. We are most proud of our Orange Butter Creme. It truly is unique, complex, and citrus-inspired; only to be found at Citrus.

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