I have personally purchased coffee from the roasters on the list below, and I can vouch for their commitment to quality. I won’t recommend a roaster I haven’t tried.
Fresh is best. I repeat, fresh is best. And coffee beans are no exception.You won’t believe the difference freshly roasted, freshly ground coffee makes. It’s just night and day.
This means brewing with beans that are no more than about 3 weeks old after being roasted. Unfortunately, this excludes virtually all packaged beans you’ll find at the supermarket, and anything that is pre-ground.
Freshness is key to most ingredients we use to prepare food, and coffee is no different. Over time, freshly roasted coffee loses Co2, carrying valuable flavour compounds with it. And once ground, coffee makes contact with air. And air contains oxygen, which begins the process of oxidation. This also dramatically affects coffee flavour, the same way many foods go stale once they’re open to the air. Again, fresh is best!
In Canada, we don’t have as many specialty roasters to choose from as our southern U.S. neighbours. But that’s ok, and to be expected.
I’ve even listed a few American roasters, since I’ve been fortunate enough to try a few. Just not as many as I would like.
Enjoy and happy brewing!
Canuck Coffee Guy