Wood Burl Coffee Roasters

Outstanding single origin coffee roasted in small batches in Dayton, Ohio

Picking up a bag of fresh, locally roasted coffee is no longer limited to major cities. After 10 years working professionally in the coffee business, Brett Barker decided to turn his personal hobby of home roasting into a full-time job. Setting up shop in Dayton, Ohio, Barker quickly developed an impassioned following over the past year with Wood Burl Coffee Roasters. “I believe what sets …

East Van Roasters

Bean-to-bar (and cup) chocolates and coffees with a social mission in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Just a short walk from Vancouver, BC‘s historic Gastown neighborhood lies East Van Roasters. Situated in the city’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood, the airy facility fills the surrounding blocks with a nutty, toasted scent. The recently opened non-profit roaster buys fair trade coffee beans and cacao from around the world, then takes them from raw commodity to craft product. “Sourcing directly from organic farms, the cacao …

Avuá Cachaça

Small batch, single-origin sugarcane spirits from Brazil for the perfect Caipirinha and more

Cachaça—the national spirit of Brazil, made from distilled sugarcane juice—has a curious reputation outside of its home country. Often misclassified as a rum, the spirit is best known as the base ingredient in Brazil’s trademark simple yet satisfying Caipirinha—a no-nonsense libation composed of cachaça, brown sugar and lime. Now the craft small-batch cachaça that is commonplace in Brazil is venturing north of the equator. The …