We buy superbly flavorful certified coffees because we think that’s the best way to ensure that farmers (and by that we don’t just mean people who own farms) receive fair payment for the crops they grow and harvest. To guarantee truly exemplary cup quality, we rigorously taste all of our coffees before deciding whether or not to buy them, and again before they ship whenever possible. We roast the beans we purchase in small batches in our Loring Kestrel 1/2 bag roaster –the most advanced small-scale commercial roaster available — to “dial in” the perfect roast and most ideal cup profile. We taste the coffee again. We know that what we package for sale to our customers is delicious because we’ve built a quality control system that our own tastebuds tell us works. We’re certainly not the only coffee company offering delicious coffees, there are others. But we’re also pretty serious about “green thinking:” recycled materials and refurbished equipment use, clean-powered distribution (bicycle and bio-deisel van), and old-fashioned friendliness. We’re not really coffee snobs, we’re just very dedicated coffee lovers that only settle for the best.