One of the reasons I enjoy ROASTe is that it allows me to try coffee from many different roasters. Incidentally, this is also one of the reasons why I regularly visit a local café called Spro. To quote from their site, “Our approach comes from the Hawaiian teaching: A'ohe pau ka 'ike i ka halau ho'okahi - Not all knowledge is taught in one school. Meaning that we select coffees from a variety of coffee roasters because no one roaster can source all the great coffees of the world.” Very true. But even if one roaster *could* source every single one of the best coffees out there, there’s no guarantee that they’d give each the best possible roast profile (if such a thing even exists independent of personal taste). Roasters have varying skill levels and philosophies, use different equipment, etc. All the more reason to sample widely and not limit yourself to one roaster, right?
On that subject, as happy as I am here, a competing coffee site taking creative license with the word “go” that shall nevertheless not be named offers coffees from other roasters that have me salivating a little lately. They carry beans roasted by Klatch, which we have access to on ROASTe as well, so I do have some hope that more overlap might be arranged in the future (please?). In no particular order, the roasters whose coffee I most covet include PT, Verve, Metropolis, Terroir, Barefoot, Novo, and Ritual.
In addition, there are roasters currently unaffiliated with either this site or Lord Voldemor--oops, I mean the other one—who I’d welcome on board chez ROASTe with open arms. Atop that list for me personally would be Intelligentsia. Based on what I’ve bought from them in the past, I have nothing but respect for their attention to detail in sourcing and roasting. Last week, for example, my wife brought me back half a pound of their Finca Matalapa El Pino from Chicago, and it’s delicious. “Juicy and plush” is absolutely right. I could go on about Counter Culture, too, and probably others. Who am I forgetting? Feel free to let me know.
I don’t mean to sound ungrateful for the great selection we already have at our fingertips here, of course. That said, there’s always room for growth. So cheers. Here’s to an ever-increasing variety of takes on quality coffee by as many specialty roasters as possible.