August 6, 2012
While the coffee scene in Ohio starts to take off thanks to an onslaught of micro-roasters, it continues to be bolstered by original roasters/shops that have been staples in their respective communities. Boston Stoker is one of the originals in Ohio.
I hadn’t had the chance to try much of their stuff, but I had the privilege of meeting a few of the staff when they came for the Northeast Regional AeroPress Championship. The head judge of the competition, Mick, was actually Boston Stoker’s Director of Coffee Culture before moving to Columbus.
Something extremely unique to Boston Stoker is that the company actually started off as a Cigar Shop—their coffee services started off as a convenience to cigar shop customers, and only later on did it become their primary business.
Not too long ago, Adam Eckley, an employee at Boston Stoker emailed me some doodles he’d done while in the process of learning about coffee over the years, including a filter doodle of Boston Stoker. I wanted to share some of it, because I really like them.
He was also kind enough to send over a couple coffees they’d been working on—both an Ethiopia and a Kenya. My first taste of the Kenya was awesome.
I’m looking forward to enjoying them this week, and can’t wait to see what Boston Stoker continues to do in the future. It’s nice to see some of the old guard continue to progress and put out stellar coffees rather than swim in the success of yesteryear.