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Sacramento’s Coffee Renaissance




Coffee purists and caffeine cravers, rejoice! The local bean scene is now bigger than ever thanks to a number of new or revitalized coffee houses specializing in the finest sourced products. Each has its own unique vibe and a commitment to producer-direct relationships, resulting in much more than your average cup of joe. Here’s a rundown of some of the shops most popular with local yelpers.

1. Pachamama Coffee
A hometown original, there is perhaps no other coffee house as dedicated to the source. As they proudly boast, “Pachamama is the only coffee roaster in the United States that is 100% owned and governed by thousands of family farmers around the world.” It gives a whole new meaning to “farmer-owned” and it reflects in every coffee they serve. Now with a second location in East Sac!

2. Insight Coffee Roasters
Knowing the source of your brew means drinking it with a clear conscience. Insight goes above and beyond the call of duty to establish direct relationships with farmers. These relationships are extremely beneficial as they provide insight into farming practices, socio-economic and other challenges. In other words, they cut out the middle man. Plus, they just added a location with delicious wine at Bailarin Cellars.

3. Temple Coffee Roasters
This ever-expanding veteran on the scene is all about their “Farm to Cup” sustainable coffee sourcing program. In fact, they travel to the source of the beans several times a year to meet coffee producers and build direct relationships.

4. Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters
A good dark roast is temporary, but relationships last a lifetime. These guys only use beans sourced through direct relationship with passionate farmers in countries like Costa Rica and Honduras.Witnessing those farming practices firsthand means knowing everything about their ingredients, and believe us that’s a good thing.

There’s more quality coffee choices than ever before, so pace yourself and keep an eye on that caffeine intake. Now enjoy the hell out of that mocha!

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