Organic Food Shopping: Barefoot Coffee Roasters

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When Food and Wine magazine published its annual “Obsessive’s Guide to Coffee” this month, an organic coffee company ranked fourth among the top boutique roasters in America.

Barefoot Coffee Roasters, based in Santa Clara, California, is a full-service coffee/espresso bar and artisan organic coffee roaster. All coffees are roasted fresh in the café by skilled artisans who use old-world, small-batch techniques. All of the coffees are sustainable, and more than 85% are certified organic, shade grown and fair trade.

“Holy cow! We are so honored to be recognized for our obsessive coffee quality,” says Andy Newbom, Barefoot’s chief espresso officer. “Great coffee, like great wine, takes an immense amount of dedication and passion to do well. We treat coffee as the culinary art that it is. Great taste is the No. 1 goal.”

Food and Wine also ranked its top 10 favorite coffees (out of 157 sampled), and two of Barefoot’s single-origin coffees placed: Finca Vista Hermosa Guatemala, bought directly from a family farm in Guatemala, and Costa Rica, with notes of tangerine and apricot.

“We are a small family farm striving to produce the best coffee we can,” says Edwin Martinez, owner of Finca Vista Hermosa. “It is so rewarding having a relationship with a quality-focused coffee roaster like Barefoot Coffee Roasters. We know that our coffee is in good hands and will be roasted and prepared with the same care and passion we put into it. Having our coffee chosen as one of the top 10 coffees in the country by Food and Wine magazine is such a reward for all the hard work we do all year.”

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