Locallectual Newsletter: Wake Me Up Before I Go-Go (September 28, 2010)
The days are getting shorter, the carpool has begun, and more than likely, it's getting hard to jump out of bed with the greatest of ease. So you need coffee. Lots. A Grande. A Venti. And make it a double. And local. Yeah, you know the lingo. Check out some of our recommendations for small-batch, artisan coffee roasters from across the US.
Matt's Coffee of Pownal, Maine: Did you know that even roasting coffee burns fossil fuels that are non-renewable? Not something we often think about but seems like a no-brainer when you put your brain to use. If you're in Maine, choose a locally-roasted coffee that's more eco-friendly than traditionally roasted coffees. Matt's roasts small batches of beans in a vintage Italian roaster fueled with renewable native sap and fruitwood from the forests of Maine. This gives your coffee a subtle aroma and taste that only firewood (local, at that) can impart.
Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea of Minturn, Colorado: Sipping on coffee slope-side? Chances are you're drinking locally-roasted coffee from Vail Mountain. Since it's beginnings in 1989, the company has expanded its line to over 46 coffees and 60 tea blends. That's sure to warm you.
8th Sin Coffee of Raleigh, North Carolina: Some people really know their coffee, and any old coffee just won't do. That's why many turn to 8th Sin Coffee for coffee roasted to their tastes. Yup, coffee customized to your taste buds. You can even pick beans that are organic, bird-friendly, and/or shade-grown. 8th Sin's got it all, making coffee gluttony the newest and coolest sin.
Caffe Luce Coffee Roasting of Tucson, Arizona: Caffe Luce is a small-batch artisan roaster changing Arizona coffee for the better. And if you love coffee as much as the staff at Caffe Luce does, you can go to the roastery and learn how to roast and custom blend beans.You can also learn how to use all those fancy, intimidating machines.
Some other favorites:
Shenandoah Joe's of Charlottesville, Virginia
Koa Coffee Plantation of Captain Cook, Hawaii
Rembrandt's Roasting Company of Chattanooga, Tennessee
Presher Coffee of San Diego, California
The Locallectual directory has over 100 artisan roasters from across the US and Canada and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Look for ones near you in our directory. Don't see your local favorite? Add them today!
Get the local buzz - drink local coffee!