List of our Favorite Roasters

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#1: Post by zin1953 »

The following is not "my" list.

Rather, it is a list I have compiled from recommendations made by regular and trusted posters on this site, as well as my own (albeit limited) personal experience. In other words, this is an on-going work in progress, and the roasters are shown in alphabetical order . . .

Please note: To date, we have roasters in the U.S., Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. If anyone has recommendations from elsewhere, please post them in this thread.

In the United States:
Atomic Café Roasters, Beverly, MA
Barefoot Roasters, Santa Clara, CA
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, San Diego, CA
Bluebottle Coffee Co., Oakland, CA
Brown Coffee Co., San Antonio, TX
Café Grumpy, Brooklyn, NY
Caffe d'bolla, Salt Lake City, UT
Caffè Fresco, Port Griffith, PA
Coava, Portland, OR
Colorado River Coffee Roasters, Boulder City, NV
Compass Coffee Roasting, Vancouver, WA
Counter Culture Coffee, Durham, NC
Cuvée Coffee, Spicewood, TX
Dallis Bros. Coffee, Ozone Park, NY
De La Paz Coffee Roasters, San Francisco, CA
Dodd Coffee Roasters, Houston, TX
Espresso Vivace Roasteria, Seattle, WA
Flying Goat Coffee, Healdsburg, CA
Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco, CA
Gimme! Coffee, Ithaca, NY
Greenway Coffee Co., Houston TX
Handsome Coffee Roasters, Los Angeles, CA
Heart Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR
Herkimer Coffee, Seattle WA
Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, IL
Kaldi's Coffee, Clayton/St. Louis, MO
Kéan Coffee, Orange County, CA
Kifu Coffee Roasters, Wilfmore, KY
Klatch Roasting, San Dimas, CA
Len's Espresso Blends, Pittsburgh, PA
Madcap Coffee, Grand Rapids, MI
Metropolis Coffee, Chicago, IL
Moore Coffee, Ventura, CA
Muddy Dog Coffee Roasting Co., Morrisville, NC
Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., Olympia, WA
Paradise Roasters, Ramsey, MN
PT's Coffee, Topeka, KS
Red Bird Coffee, Bozeman, MT
Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco, CA
Sightglass Coffee, San Francisco, CA
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR
George Howell's Terroir Coffee, Acton, MA
Velton's Coffee Roasting Co., Everett, WA
Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, CA
Victrola Coffee, Seattle, WA
Water Ave. Coffee, Portland, OR
West Coast Roasting, Los Angeles, CA
Zoka Coffee, Seattle, WA

In Canada:
49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, Burnaby, British Columbia
Detour Coffee Roasters, Dundas, Ontario
Discovery Coffee Roasters, Victoria, British Columbia
Fratello Coffee Roasters, Calgary, Alberta
Origins Coffee, Vancouver, BC
Rocanini Coffee Roasters, Vancouver, BC
Saint-Henri Micro-Torréfacteur, Montréal, Quebec
Social Coffee Company, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Transcend Coffee, Edmonton, Alberta

In Europe:
Caffè Cataldi, Louargat, Bretagne, France (Note: site is in both French and English)
Coffee Collective, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Drury Tea & Coffee Co., London UK
Has Bean Coffee, Seighford, Staffordshire, UK
James Gourmet Coffee, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, UK
Kaffa, Oslo, Norway
Kaffeespezialitae, Graz, Austria
Londinium, London, UK
Monmouth Coffee, London, UK
Origin Coffee Roasters, Helston, Cornwall, UK
Smith's Coffee Co., Ltd., Hemel Hempstead, UK
Square Mile Coffee, London, UK
Stockfleth's, Oslo, Norway
Tim Wendelbloe, Oslo, Norway
Union Hand-Roasted, London, UK

In New Zealand:
Espresso Workshop, Auckland, NZ

In Australia:
Coffee for Connoisseurs, Port Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Danes Gourmet Coffee, Brookvale, NSW, AUS
The Coffee Company, Balaclava, VIC, AUS
Toby's Estate Coffee, Chippendale, NSW, AUS
Witham's Coffee, Sydney, NSW, AUS

In Asia:
Blooom . . . Coffee House, Macau, S.A.R. China

. . . among many others.


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NOTE: This list was last edited on 23 February 2014.
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#2: Post by another_jim »

Split off from Switched from Illy to Black Cat - WOW! This is a good list of the "Frequently Praised Roasters." Thanks, Jason
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#3: Post by HB »

A handy reference, thanks Jason. To avoid this list being soft spammed, members must have at least 10 posts and 30 days of membership before contributing to this thread. Thanks for your understanding.
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#4: Post by howard seth »

I home roast - but I like seeing this list - just in case I ever splurge - I notice one local roaster! - Verve - a few miles from me. Nice.


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#6: Post by woodchuck »

A goodly list Jason. I don't get to many of these roasters but I would certainly second the motion for:

Counter Culture Coffee, Durham, NC (Aficionado still my favorite)
Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, IL (Black cat - better again)
PT's Coffee, Topeka, KS ( a great Sidamo SO espresso)

I'd also add

Caffe Fresco, Port Griffith, PA (love their Ambrosia)
49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, Vancouver, BC (check out their Epic espresso)



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#7: Post by GC7 »

A nice place to pick up beans in NY's Westchester County is Coffee Labs Roasters. ... bs%20.html

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#8: Post by JmanEspresso »

I'll vouch for CoffeeLabs... They're not too bad. Ive bought some of their single origin offerings from time to time, and they've all been good. I was actually just there on Friday... A nice little place, and the Baristas are always willing to chat it up about espresso and gear.

I also add Mocha Joes to the list. A local cafe serve's their coffee, both single origins and their espresso offerings. Their Dattera Reserve "Sweet Blue" espresso is pretty good... I often grab from the local cafe when I've mis-timed my orders, and Ive always been pleased.

And, Barrington Coffee Roasters. They usually have some SO espresso offerings, along with their blends. Ive been pleased with them as well.

There are so many great roasters out there.

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#9: Post by Dodger1 »

Thanks Jason, that's a very nice list. I'll second Espresso Vivace and Klatch and I'd also add Caffe Fresco and Muddy Dog Roasting.

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#10: Post by JohnB. »

Nice list so far! I'll add The Atomic Cafe, one of my favorite New England roasters along with Terroir. They offer some nice S/O coffees as well as several espresso blends that I enjoy. Their version of Daterra Farm Reserve is a nice "comfort food" espresso but my favorite is their Espresso Intensi which makes a very tasty straight shot pulled on the cool side (15g/90C) & is also excellent in milk drinks. Reasonable Priority Mail shipping & a choice of 2 & 5lb bags along with the now standard :( 12oz bags.