Vermont Coffee Company

Voted ‘Best Coffee Roaster’ in Vermont by Seven Days in 2018, Vermont Coffee Company markets fair trade, organic coffee throughout New England. A community-based roaster, their motto is ‘Coffee Roasted for Friends’. Former Company Founder and President Paul Ralston started roasting in a garage in Bristol, Vermont. As the coffee is organically sourced and sustainably slow-roasted using 100% renewable energy, the company received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2018. In 2021, Vermont Coffee Company was purchased and acquired by Stonewall Kitchen, a Maine-based specialty food producer.

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