Our Current Roasters
Based in Durham, North Carolina, Counter Culture Coffee has been at the forefront of quality coffee for the last several years. They have racked up more frequent flyer miles than most coffee roasters in their relentless pursuit of coffee perfection. Counter Culture has its own Direct Trade Certification and knows many of their farmer partners by first name. Just like their business model, the quality is transparent.
Heart Roasters out of Portland, Oregon is owned by Wille Yli-Luoma, and he’s a well-regarded pro-snowboarder. Why does this matter? It adds to the distinctive personality that is Heart Coffee. He has a Finnish sensibility around nature and science, combined with a professional sportsman’s intensity. Heart’s approach is obsessive, but this obsession does produce an outstanding product that is often both complex and more accessible than some other “rougher” roasts.
Starting a coffee shop in a back-alley in San Francisco, Four Barrel Coffee may be the scrappiest roaster we have ever carried. Owner Jeremy Tooker says, “I don’t want to appeal to the average coffee drinker, the whole point is to not offer everything to everyone.” To them “social sustainability” or “direct-trade” represent very real buying practices that and they spend the lion’s share of our time making a reality. Four Barrel roasts on a hulking beast of a vintage German roaster—one that was made to hold consistent heat and let air flow through in simple ways controlled by a person.
Chemex: The Chemex company has been making the exact same brewer for more than 70 years, proving the staying power of great design. It is essentially a glass beaker designed to make coffee using a paper filter, coffee grounds, and water. A square filter is folded into the top half of the glass decanter, filled with grounds, and hot water is poured over the top. A slender, indented spout allows steam to escape while brewing, or coffee to be poured once the filter and grounds have been discarded. The carafe’s midsection is surrounded by a shapely wood corset tied with a leather bow, which protects the hand from heat. It’s one of the simplest ways of preparing a cup of coffee. Chemex has been compared to similar phenomenon to the Eameses and their famous chairs. They remade something that everybody already had, but they made it accessible and beautiful and everyone wanted one. All you do is sit on them, but everyone wants to look at them, too. The Chemex is in the permanent collection of the MoMA for a reason.
Espresso based drinks are keeping with traditional names and modern sizes.
Espresso — Rustico, a blend of 70% Cenfrocafe, Peru & 30% Biloya Natural Sundried, Ethiopia.
Macchiato — A 3-ounce drink that is mostly espresso and only marked by steamed milk.
Cortado — Served in a Gibraltar glass, the 4-ounce beverage is for someone who wants to taste the espresso but not be overwhelmed by steamed milk.
Cappuccino — Served in a traditional tulip shaped, Italian-made cup, this beverage is the perfect balance of espresso and milk.
Latte — We serve our lattes in two sizes, both exceed your expectations.
Georgia Coffee — It can be very hot here in Atlanta, so we have a special beverage just for you. Served in a 16-ounce Mason jar, the iced coffee comes creamed and sweetened. Shaken not stirred.
* These may be our specialties but we will gladly try to make any coffee beverage you like!