Barrington Coffee – Boston’s Finest

Extraordinary quality coffee. Direct from the world’s finest farms. Grown with environmentally sustainable methods. Purchased far above the pricing floor established for equitable trade. This is Barrington Coffee.

This week we wanted to showcase one of our fabulous roasters: Barrington Coffee. They have two cafes in Boston and recently was named Boston’s Best coffee roaster by The Improper Bostonian. Here is a peak behind the scenes. You can find a full array of coffees at www.emerycoffee.com.

OUR HISTORY

Gregg Charbonneau and Barth Anderson founded Barrington Coffee Roasting Company in 1993. Having met in college, they quickly discovered their common love of everything coffee. Barth, an environmental scientist by education, was drawn to coffee at the age of 14 and he clearly hasn’t shaken it since. Gregg started roasting coffee during his college years for a local coffeehouse and continued while building a career in art restoration. This combination of art and science is the foundation of their success.

Devotion, total commitment, fanaticism: these are good words to describe the power-coffee duo. Their commitment at Barrington Coffee is hands-on. Decidedly not a giant corporate empire, on any given day Gregg and Barth can be seen unloading bags of green coffee, cupping the new crop of Ethiopian beans or roasting for the day’s production.

Over the years, Barrington Coffee has grown to include a select staff of coffee driven professionals. Together with Gregg and Barth, this team is responsible for preparing coffee each day at the Roastery in Lee, MA. A steady stream of coffee-centric conversation with customers and local devotees stopping by to pick up a quick bag of Barrington Gold Espresso Blend are all part of the daily culture at the Roastery.

If you would like to learn more about the personal history of Barrington Coffee, check out Rebecca Gray’s book, American Artisanal: Finding the Country’s Best Real Food, from Cheese to Chocolate. An entire chapter of her book has been devoted to Barrington Coffee.

Barrington Awards

  • Boston’s Best – The Improper Bostonian
  • Top Three Coffees of 2013 – Coffee Review
  • Good Food Award Winner 2011
  • Featured in the Boston Globe, Forbes, and Martha Stewart Living
  • Boston’s Best – CBS 
  • Seven 95+ Coffee Scores

OUR MISSION

Our passion is to discover the finest and most exciting coffees from around the world each season, roast them to perfection and deliver them fresh to our customers. We believe a truly great coffee should be roasted to highlight its inherent quality without imparting overwhelming roast. This is why you will notice such a difference in Barrington Coffee.

The unifying thread that ties our coffees together is the exceptional quality they offer in the cup. They hail from the finest coffee farms in the world and come to exist, first and foremost by virtue of the great effort and care that has been devoted to their production. We applaud the individuals that grow our coffees by paying generously for the fruits of their labor and singing their praises on our website. We believe that directly supporting quality driven producers is the ideal manner in which to promote sound, responsible growing practices, economic sustainability, and ultimately the best quality coffee.

QUALITY IS SUSTAINABLE

We identify and source extraordinary quality coffees from the finest coffee farms in the world. These coffees exist first and foremost by virtue of the great care and effort that has been devoted to their production; the farmers we work with who pursue excellence in coffee. Each growing season we select our coffees from these farms and each day of the week we carefully roast them for you.

Quality. We select coffees based upon their extraordinary quality in the cup. Our coffees regularly score 90 points or above when vetted by professional coffee quality analysts.

Direct. We source our coffees from multi-generation family farms, cutting edge farming collaborations, and coffee growing cooperatives. In some instances, the relationships we have cultivated date back to our earliest days sourcing coffees in the early 1990’s.

Sustainable. Our coffees are grown in complex natural agricultural systems by farmers who employ environmentally sustainable methods for their coffee production.

Equitable. We purchase all of our coffees at prices far above the pricing floor established for equitable trade.

Extraordinary quality coffee. Direct from the world’s finest farms. Grown with environmentally sustainable methods. Purchased far above the pricing floor established for equitable trade. This is Barrington Coffee.

Barrington Coffee Reviews

Kickapoo Coffee – El Salvador La Roxanita

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Kickapoo CoffeeEl Salvador La Roxanita

Ignacio Gutierrez

Notes of Green Apple, Pecan & Nougat

Altitude: 1400 meters
Varietals: Pacas
Process: Washed
Region: San Ignacio

About The Growers
This is the first El Salvadorian coffee we’ve purchased in the last few seasons. While we love the quality and flavor profiles the country produces, we have a wide range of existing long-term relationships in Central America, so we usually prefer to continue to deepen those partnerships year in and out.

However, when we tasted Don Ignacio Gutiérrez’s lot this year, we had no trouble finding room in our roster of seasonal Central American favorites. Ignacio was previously a woodworker and grew tomatoes; he started his farm, La Roxanita, in 2000 with 500 coffee trees and deep, rich soil that sweeps across his 5-manzana (about 12-acre) farm.

This is the first lot we’ve purchased from Ignacio, but we have kept an eye on his farm for a number of years. In 2011 and 2013, he earned first place in the highly competitive El Salvador Cup of Excellence, so when we had the chance to bring this lot in, we pounced on it. We’re extremely excited to share this year’s lot with you all. Initial roasts are producing notes of green apple, pecan and nougat.

Now available at www.emerycoffee.com

*Photo courtesy Kickapoo Coffee

Coda Coffee – Costa Rica Santa Elena Estate

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Coda CoffeeCosta Rica Santa Elena Estate

Notes: sweet. buttery. crisp.

Sourced from La Finca Santa Elena in the heart of the Tarrazu region in Costa Rica, this is one of the finest coffees you will ever taste. The beans are “honey processed” at origin during production, giving this coffee a unique delicious flavor.

Coda Coffee is dedicated to promoting sustainability in every sense of the word; having an ongoing commitment to both the environment and the quality of life experienced by individuals in the coffee industry. Coda’s own Farm2Cup certification ensures that you can feel good about the coffee you drink. By initiating best practice sharing and quality control, investing in the farming communities and bring a better quality of life for farmers, we are able to bring you the highest quality coffee possible: it tastes good, it feels good.

We are extremely proud to share that we were named Roast Magazine’s Macro Roaster of the Year for 2014.

Available now at http://www.emerycoffee.com
*Photo courtesy Coda Coffee

Passion House Coffee Roasters in Chicago

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Passion House is a small batch roaster in Chicago, IL with the idea that coffee can be playful, while still being sophisticated, complex, and nuanced. To make specialty coffee more accessible and approachable to customers, they separate their coffee offerings into three distinct genres: Ambient, Mainstream and Experimental. Creating a common language that goes beyond tasting notes, origins, and farm names.

  • Ambient: These simple beauties allow you to be either fully engaged in its subtle complexity or just gulp it down
  • Mainstream: You don’t need to be embarrassed because you love them, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the balance we expertly craft.
  • Experimental: These coffees push the boundaries of what you know coffee to be.

Finding unique coffee takes their search all over the globe to bring you a quality cup from truly special small lot focused farms. They support farmers that dedicate their time to the intense care that is needed to grow and process coffee with intricately developed flavor profiles that end up in your cup at home.

Try this beautiful Guatemalan coffee and watch the video below for more information about Passion House.

Passion House CoffeeGuatemala El Limonar

El Limonar is owned by Rosa Maria Ovalle and her son Rogelio Aguirre Ovalle. The two are focused on attention to detail. Rosa Maria oversees the receipt of the coffee from the pickers every day during harvest. Rogelio not only walks the farm regularly but also keeps a fluid and constructive interaction with the field workers. Only 1,600M of the farm is coffee and the rest is shade trees and native plants. They also grow Macadamia trees and have a forest.

Region: La Libertad, Huehuetenango
Farm: El Limonar
Varietal: Bourbon, Catuai, Pacamara, Marago
Elevation: 4300-6000M
Process: Washed and sun dried

Tasting Notes:
Hi: lime juice, green apple, mint
Mid: sweet corn, brown butter, pecan
Lo: caramel cream, tobacco, baker’s chocolate