Beans – A Robust Blend of Coffee Roasters in Rhode Island
The aroma and taste of coffee, a widely consumed beverage with health benefits, offers a jumpstart or perk to those who imbibe the brew in its many forms: black, demitasse, espresso, cappuccino, caf au lait, or latte. Besides developing large selections of fresh roasted coffee with robust flavor, local coffee roasters concern themselves with fair trade (beans produced by democratic work cooperatives where growers receive a good price for their harvest); certified organic (beans are grown and processed without chemicals); rainforest alliance certified (participating farms adhere to sustainable agricultural standards and fair treatment of workers); green start (the use of innovative methods in the roasting process to reduce greenhouse emissions along with recycling wooden pallets and burlap bags). Native Rhode Islanders, out-of-town visitors, and web browsers around the world can enjoy the fresh flavor of coffee roasted in The Ocean State.
Blue State Coffee (two locations-244 and 300 Thayer St., Providence); every quarter, customers may cast their votes on several proposed worthwhile causes for the company to donate 5% of their sales. The menu features “Yankee” roasts such as True Blue Blend, Patriot Blend, and Liberty Blend.
Custom House Coffee (796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown; 600 Clock Tower Sq., West Main Rd. @ King Charles Dr., Portsmouth): Part of their mission statement is pledging total customer focus in both retail and wholesale endeavors; involvement in the local community by supporting regional charities, schools, and food pantries. Listed in “New England’s Best Roasters” in the Jan/Feb 2005 issue of Yankee Magazine; Voted Best Cappuccino, 2007, 2008, 2009 by the readers of Newport Life Magazine; Voted Best Coffeehouse 2008 & 2009 in Newport County by Rhode Island Monthly.
Dave’s Coffee Store (5193 Old Post Rd., Charlestown): Opened in 2003 with a mission to serve the best coffee, Dave’s continues to be named among “Rhode Island’s Best.” Inspired by Rhode Island’s plentiful coves, their Cove Breakfast Blend, a Columbian coffee, is described as “the equivalent of a beautiful sunrise on the water.” Roasts by other creative monikers include-Weekapaug, East Beach, Quonnie Blend, Central Beach, and Shelter Harbor.
Excellent Coffee Co. (259 East Ave., Pawtucket): commited to the highest standards of quality, with a staff of over 200, this company was founded by Michael Kapos who started selling coffee out of the back of his station wagon in the 1950’s. His son, Bill Kapos, current President and CEO since 1970, acquired equipment necessary to build the first roasting and packaging facility RI had seen in over 100 years. Acquisition of Downeast Coffee Inc. in Portland, ME and Ocean Coffee Roasters, a RI chain, has expanded Excellent’s jurisdiction. Their roasts are available to Foodservice, Private Label, and Vending industries.
Mills Coffee Roasting Co. (1058 Broad St. Providence):established in 1980,with a staff of about 20, Mills is a coffee supplier for many Rhode Island cafes. “Snickerdoodle,” one of their creations, is a blend of hazelnut and cinnamon.
New Harvest Coffee Roasters (100 Main St., Pawtucket): supplies coffee to bakeries, cafes, restaurants, schools, offices, and households throughout the 50 states. New Harvest coffee roasts may be enjoyed by the cup in RI at several establishments including Bee Hive Caf, Bristol; Brickmill Dessert Caf, Wakefield; Three Sisters Caf, Providence; Tiverton Coffee House, Tiverton.
Paravisini Coffee Co. (57 Rolfe Sq., Cranston): Paravisini’s roasters are also baristas–from the Italian– person, usually a coffee-house employee, who prepares and serves espresso-based coffee drinks-on the chase for the “perfect shot” of espresso. All their coffee is roasted fresh to order.
TLC Coffee Roasters (Taylor’s Landing Country Store, 3362 Kingstown Rd., West Kingston): claim to have the largest selection of French roasted coffee in New England, and encourage customers to help them design “your” blend. In fact, you can bring in an empty bag of Starbucks coffee, and they’ll let you try any of their 16 oz. bags of freshly roasted coffee for only $4.99, so self-assured of the quality of their coffee.
Since coffee is second only to oil as the most valuable commodity on earth, and statistics cite the average coffee consumption in the United States is 3.1 cups per person each day, the caffeine crusade marches on aromatically. Coffee roasters have a profound influence on the final taste of the java by creating distinct flavors from a bland bean. Pour yourself a cup of coffee blended by one of Rhode Island’s finest roasters-it’s bound to be a wake up call.