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A coffee chain opening their first cafe outside of their hometown isn't always a game-changer. But looking at the likes of Intelligentsia and Stumptown: sometimes it is. Enter New York's City's Joe, then—who last week opened their first-ever out-of-state cafe in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia. Their entry into this growing coffee-literate city isn't shocking at first. But throw into the mix that it's part of Joe's gradual transition to roasting their own coffees exclusively and the Northeast will soon have another major roasting force on its hands.
As far as coffee's concerned, until recently there's really only been one Portland, and it's on the West Coast. But Maine's getting in on the action, too, with the emergence of small, plucky specialty roasters like Tandem. We checked out a couple of Tandem's latest offerings to bring you the inside (coffee) scoop.
Some of my favorite things come out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, including but not limited to: Pretzels, shoo-fly pie, quilts, and freshly roasted specialty coffee. (Wait, what?) It's true: Small-but-snappy roaster Square One Coffee is indeed bringing some delicious coffee to the eighth-largest town in the Keystone State—and hopefully beyond.
If you think the pan-shaped state is all Sonic drive-ins and Dr Pepper, allow us to introduce you to the brains behind some quality beans, deep in America's Heartland: Elemental Coffee Roasters.
Every day is one of gratitude for the folks at seminal Mendocino County, CA roasters Thanksgiving Coffee Company. Thanks to founders Paul and Joan Katzeff's vision to create a responsible, artisanal coffee resource in me-centric 1970s California, Thanksgiving has enjoyed a long reputation of leading industrywide innovations in giving back as much as we take—from the earth, from the farmers, and from each other as professionals.
Texas might be famous for many of its culinary contributions—brisket barbecue, for instance, and a sizzling-hot platters of fajitas—but coffee? Maybe not yet, but Mike McKim of small-but-mighty Austin-based specialty coffee roaster Cuvée has something to say about that.
Tired of all the endless caffeinated attention paid to Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and the other behemoth bean pushers? Here are five up-and-coming coffee roasters that are poised to slingshot their beans right smack dab between the Green Mermaid's eyes. (Not that we have anything against mermaids...)
Ever wonder about how your coffee goes from green to brown, and who's responsible for making it so? I recently caught up with Counter Culture Coffee roaster Jeff McArthur to find out about his life and job behind the beans.