We have our own ideas on who the best coffee roasters are but Coffee Brewing Methods has a great list as well. Well, let’s be honest, our list though pretty amazing, is not actually ours. It is a copy of the list posted at Daily Coffee News, based on the finalists of the U.S. Roaster Championship.
These Are Some of the Best Coffee Roasters in the US, According to Experts
First reported by Daily Coffee News, the U.S. Roaster Championship results are now final. Finalists at the national competition had to grade beans, build a roast plan, roast the coffee, and serve it to a panel of five judges — all within a short period of time. Using scores from each stage of the process, 24 finalists were whittled down to the top 6 coffee roasters in the United States. The best part? Each roaster sells coffee online.
Shelby Williamson, Huckleberry Roasters
1st Place: Based in Denver, Colorado, Founded in a garage, Huckleberry Roasters has grown into a global leader in micro-farm sourcing. They offer a wide range of single origins, blends, and decaf options, so it doesn’t discriminate against your taste in coffee.
Hugh Moretta, La Colombe Coffee Roasters
2nd Place: La Colombe is a specialty coffee veteran known for its broad collection of roasts and experimental approach. Founded in the mid-90s as a single shop in Philadelphia, it is now a large chain of cafes and roasting plants with locations in Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C., etc.
Mark Boccard, Southdown Coffee
3rd Place: Native to Huntington, New York with another location in Oyster Bay, Southdown coffee prioritizes flavor clarity and balancing adventurous roasts and origins with more familiar flavors.
Janine Cundy, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters
4th Place: This roaster from Rochester, New York, is so deep into the coffee thicket that it’s making tea out of the dried skins of coffee cherries. They stock the good stuff, too.
Steve Cuevas, Black Oak Coffee Roasters
5th Place: One of NorCal’s finest coffee roasters describes coffee as “practically a religious experience.” They’ve also got a wealth of blended, single-origin and even canned coffee to pick from.
Eric Stone, Mudhouse Coffee Roasters
6th Place: Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Mudhouse offers everything from bags of decaf to ultra-premium, naturally processed Geisha varietals.