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.
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.
- 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 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.