July 3, 2012
It’s always nice when coffee roasters are excited enough about their new coffees to send some my way. I don’t take it for granted and have truly appreciated all the great coffees I’ve tried this year.
A short time ago, Ryan Doan of Deeper Roots Coffee got in touch with me so he could send coffee. It turns out Ryan knows my wife, Amber, and he graduated from the same University as me. It’s great to know I’m not the only alum who’s crazy about coffee.
Deeper Roots is a coffee roaster out of Cincinnati who has partnered with Deeper Roots Development—a small farmer development organization who attempts to build sustainability through community and farmer development, as well as through informed customers. I know there are a lot of roasters and companies that trumpet that focus, and who make enormous strides in bettering the industry in a multitude of ways, but it’s still refreshing to see it from even more roasters. Be sure to checkout their neat project with La Armonia Hermosa out of Guatemala.
Since 2005 Deeper Roots Development has been at work building collaborations between Santa Marian farmers, committed coffee roasters and coffee drinkers hoping to find both great quality and great story in their cup. Starting with 1000 lbs our first year, we have helped the group of farmers grow to over 20 with their combined exports reaching 15,000 lbs. Currently we are investing in the construction of the community’s first “wet mill” to completely process their own coffee for export for the first time.
Ryan was kind enough to send along a bag of Kenya Ruthagati and a bag of Ethiopia Sidamo, both of which were great coffees. Be sure to check DRC out on twitter, and visit their site—they’re doing great things for farmers and roast great coffees.
Deeper Roots also offers wholesale, training, consulting, equipment set up, and tech services—in fact, they’re working directly with soon-to-be opened shop in Columbus, Mission Coffee.