Local Artisan Roasters Ride Coffee’s Third Wave

By Katrina Ohstrom / Photography By Katrina Ohstrom | Last Updated January 15, 2015
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In the world of coffee, the “third wave” refers to roasters treating coffee like an artisan beverage, similar to vintage wine or craft beer. Third wave roasters source beans from specific farms around the globe and painstakingly manage every stage of production to maximize specific flavors. Here are a few local third wave roasters taking coffee to the next level.

Chromatic Coffee: Roasted in San Jose, Retail in Santa Clara

chromatic coffee
At first glance, one thing that sets Chromatic apart from other third wave roasters is their unique stamped foil packaging. For a relative...
|5237 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA, us

Ritual Coffee: Roasted in San Francisco

Roasted coffee beans being cooled at RItual Coffee in San Francisco
Founded in 2005, Ritual spent the past decade refining their craft, making them pioneers in the Bay Area’s third wave coffee renaissance....

Barefoot Coffee: Roasted in Santa Clara

Barefoot Coffee Roasters
To the general public, Barefoot might seem to keep a low profile, but they’ve been steadily building a loyal following since 2003 and are...
|2475 De La Cruz Blvd., Santa Clara, CA, us
|(408) 293-7200
|408 Martin Ave, Santa Clara, CA, us

Sightglass Coffee: Roasted in San Francisco

Sightglass Production Roaster Juan Manuel Elias
Founded in 2009, Sightglass quickly became one of the Bay Area’s best-known roasters and a major player in the American artisan coffee...

Local Sip of Stumptown

For an exclusively local sip of the exquisite, Portland based, Stumptown Coffee, you can visit Emily Joubert Home & Garden store in...
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