By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Mar 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM

You’ve read about the newest coffee roaster in town, Hawthorne Coffee Roasters. Now, starting today, you can get a first-hand glimpse of its operations and free samples of its coffee by attending one of its upcoming open houses at its roastery in West Allis at 1412 S. 72nd St.

The roaster will open its doors to the public on the following dates: 
Monday, March 10, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, April 7, 2014, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each open house will feature roasting demonstrations throughout the day as well as free tastings lessons at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Complimentary samples will be available throughout the day.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.