Apr
2
2014
By
for Valet.

A Better

Brew

Faced with the daily professional challenge to get up and get moving, it's easy to approach every morning with a complacent routine. Unfortunately, our coffee is one of the first items to suffer even though we rely on it to kickstart the day. Thankfully, the prevalence of quality boutique roasting companies makes upgrading your brew a simple fix with a difference you can honestly taste from the first sip. Try any of the following roasters famed for their sustainable single origin imports, and you may never return to your supermarket tin or corner coffee chain again.

 

Blue Bottle

A household name in the Bay Area, the brand's rustic logo has become synonymous with artisanal expertise and the perfect cup. Experience their best-selling Bella Donovan, a fairly complex Moka/Java blend, for a seamless introduction to specialty coffee.

$19, at Blue Bottle

 

Toby's Estate

This popular Australian roaster is rapidly becoming a Brooklyn institution known for its carefully cultivated beans. Try sweeter blends like the Wythe or the award-winning Colombian La Falda, a rare and rich coffee that's worthy of a splurge.

$26, at Toby's Estate

 

Intelligentsia

While it may the boutique brand with the most buzz, it also has some of the most accessible flavors like the smooth and buttery Bosque Nublado, their first coffee from Ecuador.

$17, at Intelligentsia

 

Counter Culture

This socially responsible brand from North Carolina works to improve local grower communities. Their La Golondrina is popular, but try the Remera from Rwanda for a juicier finish than what you're used to.

$16, at Counter Culture

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    You can purchase any of these varieties in filter-appropriate grinds that are ready to brew right out of the bag.
 
The Perfect Iced Coffee

Don't stand in line with a bunch of strangers and pay upwards of $4 everyday.
A batch of homemade cold-brew coffee is easier to make than you may think.

 

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