Local Coffee Roasters in Almost Heaven That Will Warm You Up
There’s nothing like a steaming hot cup of coffee on a cold winter morning. But have you ever thought about the process that goes into creating that cup of coffee? Roasting brings out the aroma and flavor locked inside green coffee beans grown and harvested on a family farm halfway around the world before getting shipped to West Virginia, where they are roasted daily for the freshest, most flavorful coffee you can find.
These are just some of the Mountain State roasters who are doing great things with coffee beans:
The beans from Aroma of the Andes are grown on a family farm in Colombia and roasted back home in Linn. The Brown family’s hands-on involvement in the growing, harvesting, drying and processing of the beans assures you’ll be sipping a high-quality, environmentally friendly coffee. Try the signature Supatá blend, a mixture of light, medium, dark and espresso roast with notes of chocolate, mild smoke, tangerine, brown sugar and cherry.
Black Dog Coffee Company
The distinctive label on each Black Dog Coffee Company bag is a tribute to two furry honorary CEOs: the late, great Bear and the current dog-in-residence, Java. This Eastern Panhandle company procures its high-quality beans from around the world and roasts them in small batches in the Plutonius, a vintage 1931 Jabez Burns & Sons machine. Try their signature DogWatch Dark Blend, a smoky chocolate with earth notes balanced by sweet undertones and a smooth, full body.
Causa Prima Roasters
The owner of Causa Prima Roasters can vouch for the quality of this company’s beans. That’s because he’s visited the Colombian farm where they grow (it’s owned by his friends from Aroma in the Andes) and has picked the beans himself. The Morgantown shop carries a rotating line of coffee from Colombia and other regions. It’s roasted in limited batches, so you’ll have to check their website to see what’s available. Customers love the wide variety of cold brews, like Sumatra Mandheling with its hints of dark chocolate and black pepper.
The Cherry River Roasting Company
Located in the small town of Richwood, The Cherry River Roasting Company is a microroastry aiming to participate in an economically and environmentally sustainable coffee supply chain while providing beautiful and exciting roasted coffee to their community and partners. Cherry River Roasting has provided blends for companies around West Virginia, most recently Gad Dam Brewing, and their signature roast can be found in coffeeshops around the state.
Chocolate Moose Coffee
You wouldn’t expect coffee to go hand in hand with miniature golf and rock climbing, but that’s just one of the perks at Chocolate Moose Coffee. The Beckley shop serves up freshly roasted coffees as well as fruit smoothies and hand-dipped ice cream at the space it shares with Mountain State Miniature Golf and Outside-In Climbing Gym. You can also order bags online. A fan favorite is the Black Bear, a robust-flavored blend of medium-roast African coffees and darker roast South American beans.
Take a trip to Saint Albans to try Coal River Coffee‘s specialty roasts. The shop is owned by a husband and wife team that roasts coffees and bakes specialty items, including gluten free and vegan items. Try the Appalachian Roast or Wild and Wonderful Roast for a tasty coffee treat. Coal River Coffee Company focuses on building community and hosts hosts open mic nights and other community events throughout the year.
Ignition Coffee Roasters
You can find Ignition Coffee Roasters blends and single-origin coffees at many local shops and restaurants in the Huntington area. The owners buy their organic beans direct from the farmers. The beans are not roasted until an order is placed, so the customer will have the freshest coffee possible. Their Signature Blend is a lively, balanced medium roast blend of coffees from around the world.
Koin Coffee and Crepes
Bridgeport is home to Koin Coffee and Crepes, where roasts from Honduras, Colombia and Ethiopia are ready to enjoy. Try the coffee in-house or take a bag home to enjoy. Watch out for seasonal blends like the seasonal Ornament blend perfect for the holidays. Pair your coffee with a freshly made crepe, try blueberry Nutella for a special treat.
A trip to Costa Rica and a taste of the fresh-roasted local coffee there was all it took to persuade the owners of Mountain Roaster to begin importing and roasting their own beans. The Buckhannon company sources its beans from around the globe with an emphasis on fair trade and organic farms. Try the single-origin coffee that served as inspiration: the medium-roast Costa Rica, with notes of toffee, caramel, apple and berry.
Mountaineer Roasting Company
Students at West Virginia University don’t have far to go to get their caffeine fix with the folks at Mountaineer Roasting Company roasting their beans right on campus. What’s more, the proceeds support scholarships and international learning experiences for students. The company’s signature roast is the 1867 House Blend, named after the year WVU was founded. It’s sweet and balanced with notes of chocolate.
A hobby turned into a business for the husband-and-wife team who own Ridge Roasters in Morgantown. The hand-roasted coffee is available in single origin and blends, including special holiday blends. Try Simple Gifts, a blend of Colombian and Ethiopian coffees with notes of fruit and chocolate.
The Old Village Roaster
The Old Village Roaster uses Arabica beans in all its coffees for a smooth, clean taste. Organic beans are imported green and roasted in an antique roaster at the Huntington shop, which also sells fresh-roasted peanuts, popcorn and other treats. This roaster is best known for its flavored coffees like Frosty’s Favorite, a blend of cinnamon hazelnut, graham cracker and caramel.
Quantum Bean Coffee
Quantum Bean Coffee gets its name from the state-of-the-art process this Morgantown company uses to roast its beans. Roasts are profiled for maximum flavor and aroma with the assistance of a software program called Cropster. The house espresso, Entanglement, is an Italian-style blend with hints of chocolate hazelnut, toasted nut and caramel flavors.
Stone Tower Joe is not your average joe. This Fairmont company uses high-altitude, fair trade organic beans and a state-of-the-art roasting technology to make its coffees flavorful and aromatic. The secret lies in the post-blending that creates a more complex flavor. Try the Pow Wow. This winter seasonal blend is a medium roast Rwandan coffee. You can try Stone Tower Joe coffees (as well as lattes and other flavored drinks) at Joe-N-Throw Co-Op, or pick up a bag at a local retailer.
Wheeling Coffee & Spice Company
Wheeling Coffee & Spice Company has had many years — more than a hundred, in fact — to perfect their roasts. The coffee roaster still works out of its original building that bears the name “Sweeneys Co 1858 Wheeling, ” The Gourmet House blend is a mix of Central American beans slow-batch roasted in a vintage Burns roaster for a full-bodied flavor.
Where are you picking up your next bag of beans?
This post was last updated on January 27, 2020