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Jose Thompson and JMU alumnus David Frazier (’08) are the owners of Chestnut Ridge, a specialty coffee roaster in downtown Harrisonburg. Thompson and Frazier take part in the coffee bean's full life cycle, roasting the beans in a commercial-sized drum roaster before brewing them into coffee.