There is nothing like the morning ritual of making coffee or tea. For coffee lovers, there's the grinder and the piercing sound of beans crushing together. Then there's the slow bubbling and hissing of the coffee maker with the first trickle of black gold streaming into the carafe. There is something very comforting about smelling that incredible aroma of fresh coffee as it wanders into your bedroom. And don't forget about your favorite mug. It makes all the difference in the world.
For tea lovers, there's the rumbling and tumbling of boiling water and the fresh aroma of your favorite loose tea as you scoop out the fresh leaves from your favorite tea cannister. Making tea is so much like morning: slow, deliberate and meditative as you wait for your tea to steep.
We've got an incredible lineup of great loose teas and coffees—some that will get you going, some that will keep you going and all of which will ultimately make you "smooth and happy." Our selection includes Fair Trade Coffee, Organic Tea and Organic Coffee.
Fresh Roasted, Farmers' Market Coffee: Roasted fresh every week. We've been serving the same fresh eco-roasted coffee from the same roaster for over 18 years; these guys are the roasting kings. Not too dark, they roast beans from all over the world to perfection. We've been mailing our coffee to our guests for years. Check out our top sellers.
Our roaster—Benbows, in Bar Harbor Maine, has been around for over 20 years and roasting our coffee for about 18. Their vision was to create a unique roasting style similar to the Europeans—finding fine estate coffees being produced by regional roasters overseen by a master roaster. Most importantly, these artisans had strong relationships with the farmers that produced their coffee, plus they had a unique style of roasting.
Our coffee guy, Ron, found an engineer in Massachusetts who was willing to build a roaster like the ones they found in several in small towns in Europe—forcing hot air over the beans so they would float in hot air rather than churn over a hot flame and burn. That was over 18 years ago.
Cut to 2004. Wanting to keep the tight relationships with the small markets like us was easy but growth with the now three roasters was becoming difficult so last year they looked for to a new roaster…the Loring Smart Roaster. It does more than the work of 3 and then some. It’s a low emission roaster plus it recycles its own heat to save energy. The result is a significant reduction in CO2 gas emitted into the atmosphere. Only the third of it’s kind ever built, it’s the first low emissions system in the industry.
Just as important to us is the incredible resultant coffee! It roasts a smooth, less bitter coffee, making our coffee very smooth—even the darker roasts seem smoother and less edgy than most blends we’ve tried.
Tea Essentials Gift Box
Includes three of our favorite loose teas, award winning Effie's Oatcakes, organic honey and a brewing filter. $53