Support your local coffee roaster! I have mentioned before in another post that coffee roasting is both a serious art and science. There is certainly a high degree of skill and technique involved in roasting coffee. It is part of the coffee world that I have much respect for because it is so artistic and precise. The roaster creates all of the flavors you enjoy and the different varieties of roasts (e.g. light roast, medium roast, dark roast, etc.). Depending on whom you ask, we are currently in the third or fourth wave, of coffee. This means that there is an appreciation and expectation for good quality coffee. It also means that good quality coffee is most likely somewhere near you.
Coffee roasters know the demand for great coffee. Most people, myself included, will not settle for poor quality coffee. Roasters have worked hard to hone their skills to ensure that you get good quality coffee. Fortunately for us, we live in a time of micro-roasters. I bet good money that there is one near you.
I buy my whole beans from a roaster and grind them myself before use. It taste better this way. I know other people who also get their beans from a roaster. Conversely, I also know people that do not buy their beans from a roaster. These same people usually tell me that they are unsatisfied with their coffee. “This is an easy fix,” I say to them. I then provide information on some local roasters for them to try. The outcome is the same. Complete satisfaction and bliss when they find a local roaster.
Most roasters I’ve gone to are more than willing to help you find the right coffee for you. They have absolutely no problem telling you about coffee. Remember, they are also artist. Therefore, they have a lot of passion for coffee and want to share it with you.
I strongly encourage you to find a roaster near you. When you support a local roaster, you are supporting a local business, a local artist, and the society of coffee lovers as a whole. Guess what? You are a member of that society. But most importantly, you are going to get great coffee. It is going to be fresh and you know where it came from.
Below is a list of some coffee roasters in the DC area (Because that’s where I’m located). Of course there are many more but I wanted to give an example that there are plenty of coffee roasters everywhere.
- Quartermaine Coffee Roasters
- M.E. Swings
- Vigilante Coffee
- Zeke’s Coffee (From Baltimore but they have DC location)
- Harrar Coffee & Roastery
- Qualia Coffee
- Commonwealth Joe
Just do a Google search on roasters in your area. Sometimes they’ll even offer tours of their facility or provide a coffee tasting class. Coffee roasters are willing to share their craft and are happy to help in selecting a coffee that is right for you!