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How does one roast coffee in a popcorn machine? Very carefully.

However, if you do it carefully enough, you might just end up making something delicious. This mad scientist method of coffee roasting is where Indie Coffee Roasters began in 2013. The rest, as they say, was coffee.

From there, they moved on from the Whirlypop machine and began roasting small batches of coffee that became a hot commodity. “Are you guys roasting anytime soon?”

quickly became the most asked question among friends and family. Clearly there was demand, so why not be the supply?

In creating a name for this brand, the team worked to find something bold, familiar, and a little bit quirky that would accurately reflect the feeling that someone should have coming into the coffeeshop. Little did they know that the answer to this question was running around at their feet and barking at any dangerous-looking bicycles outside. A rambunctious and lively dachshund named Indie proved to be the exact model needed to create a memorable mascot.

With Indie providing enough character to build a cohesive brand, Indie Coffee Roasters hit the road doing events around the Midwest to get the word out about Indianapolis’ newest (and only!) coffee dog. As word grew, so did the orders. Turns out, people love great coffee!

And of course, isn’t a quaint, cute, and welcoming coffeeshop the end goal of everyone who starts roasting? This dream eventually became a reality in March of 2017 when construction on the first location began. Not too long after, the doors to The Doghouse, Indie Coffee Roaster’s coffeeshop, opened to the residents of Carmel, Indiana, and the world.


We Welcome

We doggedly believe that everyone deserves a good cup of coffee and a good space to enjoy it. For anyone in search of these, we welcome you.

We Educate

Good coffee shouldn’t be a carefully guarded secret. We believe in sharing our experience to help our neighbors enjoy their coffee as much as they can.

We Give

Our customers, neighbors, and our community are like family to us. We make every effort to make sure your experience with Indie Coffee Roasters is the best that it can be.

We Stand Out

Have you ever met a dachshund? We strive to emulate Indie, our four-legged mascot, in packing more emotion and confidence than you might first expect.

We Have Fun

Coffee doesn’t always have to be serious business. We know how to kick back and enjoy ourselves and we hope that every experience you have with us puts a smile on your face.

Meet the Indie Team


These are the humans that make Indie Coffee Roasters run on a day-to-day basis. You’ll be hard pressed to find a group more devoted to your cup of coffee.

Diane McAndrews
Director of Retail
Kevin McAndrews
Director of Operations
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