What do you take into account when searching for “the best” roasters in your city? Is it the company’s mission? Quality? Whether or not they are organic, sustainable, or use Fair Trade? Or are you looking for specific roasts or Origins of coffee? However you consider a place “the best”, here are five ways to start discovering roasters in your city.
1 Research the Company
Search Google maps for local roasteries then check out each website and read what other people are saying about each place by reading reviews and ask around to find out where other locals recommend.
Many roasters have a starter sampler kit of a few different coffees to try. If not, contact them and ask for samples you can try.
Most roasters offer coffee cuppings when they get new green beans in and will offer public cuppings to try them all.
4 Farmers Market
Seek out local roasters that set up at Farmers Markets. This gives you a chance to try the coffee and meet some of the people that work there.
5 Roaster Tours
Ever so often, roasters will have an event for the public to come in as a group and take a tour of the roaster. You will see how they run the facility, get an education about the company and coffee in general and ask questions.
These are the first five ways I go about discovering the best local roasters in my city. Hope they help you find some amazing coffee and meet great people who work there.
Jennifer Vaaler is a barista, coffee blogger of Daily Demitasse, and freelance writer who helps improve the coffee industry through words.