Armeno Coffee Roasters must be one of the coolest places to work in the coffee business.
It's housed in a former grain mill that sits atop a stream in Northborough MA.
It's a huge old wooden framed building. Bags of green coffee are everywhere. Since Armeno's is in a rural area it vents the smoke from its two large Deidrich roasters straight out the back. You can smell Armeno's for minutes all around.
I visited Armeno's and met with roaster-owner John Park before we signed with him for ROASTe.
He's passionate about roasting. He roasts about 70 different varieties. That's huge for a rural coffee roaster. The day I arrived he was roasting his Wachusetts blend, followed by his Sumatran and a Papua New Guinea. For a roaster in a rural area he has an amazing variety of coffees. We're carrying his most popular and interesting coffees on ROASTe.com. Roaster John is a big fan of the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. There are sports memorabilia all around the barn.
Some of the most interesting Armeno's coffees are now on ROASTe:
- Costa Rica La Minita Tarrazu. Has a terrific floral aroma and citrusy flavor.
- Indian Mysore Nuggets: lower brightness (acidity) and more earthiness than even a Sumatran coffee.
- Wachusett Viennese Blend: a mixture of beans from Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea and Sumatra
- 2 coffees from Maui, Hawaii. The coffee beans are so small that they look like lentil beans. They are PACKED with flavor -- like a peaberry times two.
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