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An inside look at how Southern Girl Coffee roasts their own beans

Southern Girl Coffee

Brad and Leah Cleghorn remove coffee beans from the cooling table in preparation for packaging at Southern Girl Coffee in Oxford. Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star

Most folks around Calhoun County will recognize the signature Southern Girl Coffee Co. trailer as soon as they see it, but some may not know that they also have a storefront facility where they roast their own coffee beans to sell and use in their products.

Brad Cleghorn, whose wife, Leah, started the business with her stepfather in 2013, explained that it has become more common in the last seven years for small coffee shops to roast their own beans.