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Since our founding in 1998, 802 Coffee has been dedicated to bringing excellent coffee to the public. When Bob Watson first opened the small cafe, Capitol Grounds on State Street in Montpelier, roasting his own coffee, his mission was simple. At the time specialty coffee was mostly the purview of larger cities, and we sought to fill the gap. Over the years, as more and more people have realized how good excellent coffee really is, we've taken a measured approach to expanding our offerings. With a focus on lower-yield green coffee lots and a commitment to small batch roasting, we've grown into a consistent and trusted source of specialty coffee in a market full of flash-in-the-pan upstarts and volume obsessed giants.
We have taken the time to build relationships at every level of the supply chain, from the farmers on the ground, the mills where the coffee is dried, to the importers bringing it stateside. We know our coffee is in good hands.
In January of 2020, Julia Watson, Bob's daughter took on the role as owner of 802 Coffee and Capitol Grounds Cafe. Her and the team at 802 Coffee are still dedicated to bringing you the very best coffee from around the world.
Every time we bring a new coffee into our roastery, Julia, Spencer, our head roaster, and Tonya, our certified Q-Arabica Grader complete a rigorous cupping process. We sample dozens of coffees from each region, deliberately choosing options that not only represent that region's expected flavor profiles, but that also bring something fresh and new. In this way we strive for each of our single origins to be exactly what you want while still surprising you.
Isn't it time you upgrade your morning?
We started life as a small cafe and roastery in 1998 called Capitol Grounds Cafe and Roastery. Since then our roastery has grown and our coffee is served across the state of Vermont under the name 802 Coffee. Capitol Grounds Cafe is still there however, right on State Street in Montpelier, VT just down from the Capitol. It's been a meeting place and local haunt for both visitors and locals ever since our humble beginnings. Come stop by, have a latte and a fresh baked pastry, catch up, and enjoy a taste of Vermont life.
802 Coffee and Food for Farmers - ceres blend
This full-bodied, balanced, and clean blend makes use of coffees grown exclusively by women farmers. We likewise will be contributing 20 percent of all proceeds from the blend to support food security and economic autonomy for women in coffee-growing regions.
For this purpose we’ve teamed up with Food 4 Farmers whose work in this area has been inspiring. With a focus on comprehensive solutions to the economic challenges faced by many coffee growing communities Food 4 Farmers is working diligently to fight seasonal hunger. The nuanced approach Food 4 Farmers takes in analyzing the specific situations of each community in which they work, and developing tailored responses to these unique aspects provides real and substantive help to people who need it. Please visit them at food4farmers.org to learn more.
We’re honored to work with them on this collaboration.