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3 Coffee Roasters to Keep an Eye On

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Looking for a new name to add to your coffee-roaster roster? We've got three great, small companies you should turn to for your next bag of beans.

Ceremony Coffee Roasters

Annapolis, Maryland is home to some of the best small-batch-roasted coffee on the East Cost, courtesy of Ceremony Coffee Roasters. One of the best things about Ceremony is the company's limited selection: Only the best, only the freshest beans are on offer here, and you can expect clean brightness and a nice lightish roast on most.

Ceremony's beautiful, brown-sugary San Jose Ocana from Guatemala is a super-sweet, silky brew that would be killer as a late-season iced coffee. I'm just saying. $14.50 for 12 ounces whole beans, at ceremonycoffee.com

MadCap Coffee

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Based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, this small roaster-retailer is making mighty waves with its exceptional coffees. (They won a Good Food Award in 2011, and roaster-barista Ryan Knapp was this year's North Central Regional Barista Champion.) While it used to be a bit hard to find MadCap beans outside of the Midwest, an in-the-works expansion to Washington D.C., and increased wholesale has helped up their status as a recognizable comer on the specialty-coffee scene.

Don't miss their Summer Solstice blend: A juicy and fruit-forward combo of two Ethiopian coffees, one washed-process and the other natural. $19 for 14 ounces whole beans, at madcapcoffee.com

Heart Coffee Roasters

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Portland, Oregon, has no shortage of good coffee, so when any new small roaster stands out among the rest, you know they're worth a closer look. Heart is just such a company, roasting well-sourced coffee in a light, Scandinavian-inspired style. (If you're asking yourself what Scandinavians know about coffee, the answer is a whole heckuva lot: In fact, they drink more of the stuff per capita than anyone else in the world—and much of it is startlingly good.)

Heart's crisp, honey-sweet La Providencia from Guatemala is a great way to brightens up your morning cup. $12.25 for 8 ounces whole beans, from heartroasters.com

About the author: Erin Meister trains baristas and inspires coffee-driven people for Counter Culture Coffee. She's a confident barista, an audacious eater, and a smiling runner, but she remains a Nervous Cook.

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