Hand-roasted, small-batch coffee.
“I love roasting coffee because it gives me a chance to be creative while crafting something everyone loves!” ~ Scott Weigand
Location: Waterbury, Vermont
Distance from Market: Less than a mile from our Waterbury store
We love our Waterbury neighbors! Brave Coffee & Tea is a family-owned coffee-roasting company and tea purveyor located in Waterbury, Vermont, right down the road from our new location. They hand roast their beans four days per week, so orders arrive within 2-5 days of roasting. And this year they celebrate their 10th anniversary, which isn’t an easy feat in today’s competitive marketplace.
The company was founded by Chris and Heidi Townsend in 2009. Chris—a bit of a “mad scientist” and serious coffee lover—started roasting beans in the back of the couple’s coffeeshop, Black Cap Coffee, on Main Street in Stowe, Vermont. He did what they said couldn’t be done, and designed and built his own roaster from scratch.
Scott Weigand, who had been serving and selling coffee for many years, learned the tricks of the coffee-roasting trade under Chris’s tutelage. In 2014, Scott took over the business and has been growing it ever since.
Why We Love Them: This is the story of a specialty coffee company that beat the odds. With a few large-scale roasters in the neighborhood, Brave has managed to attract a loyal following of devout coffee lovers who appreciate the quality and consistency of hand-roasted coffee. (When you’re roasting in small batches, the amount of time between roasting and packaging is greatly reduced, resulting in a fresher, more flavorful brew.)
One of their customer reviews says it best: “The roasts are distinctive, the beans are fresh, and the result is delicious.” We couldn’t agree more.
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