Five Western coffee roasters we adore
All these roasters accept Web and phone orders.
Montana Coffee Traders
Roasts beans daily in a restored farmhouse in Northwest Montana. Donates to environmental and social causes like rain forest rehabilitation, securing grizzly bear habitats, and the American Indian College Fund. Whitefish, MT; 800/345-5282.
Started in Berkeley in 1966 by Alfred Peet. Roasting fresh and shipping the same day, Peet’s strives to hit the gold standard of coffee roasting. In the West, its numerous blends from around the world are available at many grocery stores and at its own coffee shops in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. Emeryville, CA; 800/999-2132.
Raging Sage Coffee Roasters
Has roasted its beans in house for a decade, and produces an award-winning house blend that pleases both the espresso and regular coffee drinker in one shot―literally. Tucson, AZ; 877/320-1691.
Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co
Serves only certified fair-trade organic coffee that’s been roasted in small batches for better flavor. Watsonville, CA; 831/685-0500.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
The owners believe that the best-tasting coffee starts in the fields, and to that end, they forge personal relationships with growers, paying top dollar for premium beans, and giving growers the tools they need (like bicycles) to do their work. Meanwhile, Stumptown supplies the Northwest and beyond with a top-quality―and conscientious―cup of joe. Portland; 503/230-7797.