What does it take to be one of the best coffee roasters in America? To some critics, it’s innovation—the willingness to throw “rules” by the wayside and the skill to revolutionize new roasting practices, all in the name of better coffee. For others, it’s taste, perhaps best exemplified in a roaster’s selectiveness when hunting for the finest green coffees in the world. And sometimes, a roaster’s greatness is born by bringing troubling social issues to the forefront, putting life and well-being on the line to solve them. Or is it medals and awards, and the peer recognition that comes with them?
For the 25 coffee roasters on this list, it’s a mélange of all of these things. From Maine to California, these roasters offer the best coffee America has to offer.
Another Roast Magazine Roaster of the Year winner, PT’s is a craft coffee stalwart with a stacked trophy case that includes more than thirty 94-plus point scored coffees and a slew of other awards. PT’s is another Good Food Award winner and conducts an enormous percentage of its coffee buying through direct trade with producers.