Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters, a small batch coffee roaster located in Trumbull, CT, produces strictly 100% USDA certified organic coffee. We had the opportunity to visit their facility in Trumbull and learn first hand about the organic coffee and the roasting process. Shearwater is the first and only USDA certified Organic Coffee Roaster in all of Fairfield County, CT.
Ed Freedman, owner/founder of Shearwater Organic Coffee Roaster, turned his two decade long passion for coffee and home-roasting hobby into this USDA certified organic coffee retail and wholesale operation. The family business occupies a 2,000 square foot roasting facility, located at 100 Corporate Drive, Unit B106, Trumbull, CT. The coffee roasting is done using an American made, energy efficient Diedrich IR-12 steel drum roaster. Shearwater is the only 100% USDA Certified Organic Coffee roaster in the area. They do daily coffee roasting and direct delivery to their customers in order to provide a fresh product.
“Achieving superior quality fresh-roasted coffee is a result of purchasing the best certified organic green coffee beans available on the global market and then carefully planning and controlling the roasting process to bring forth each origin’s unique flavor profile.” Ed explains, “Many large commercial roasters buy the lowest cost green coffee beans and roast hundreds of pounds at a time resulting in an inferior product. Shearwater’s small-batch precision roasting process called “profile-roasting” guarantees consistent quality and delicious coffee batch after roasted batch.
Ed informed us to look for the USDA Organic seal on the bag to ensure it is truly organic.
They do small batch roasting, 20 pounds at a time. Typically it takes approximately 13 minutes to roast a batch of coffee beans. The time can vary a little depending upon the bean and the roast they are achieving. As it nears the end of the roast, the beans starting crackling and popping, similar to rice krispies, when milk is poured on them. Modern technology plays a vital role making sure the correct action is taken at the proper time in the roasting process.
It was interesting to watch the bean go through the various stages of color as the roast progress, starting out a greenish color it passes through a pale brown, then a cinnamon color as it reaches its finishing color of darker brown.
They have charts all over blackboards to help educate you are the various aspects of roasting and flavors.
Their coffee is sold in 12 ounce bags and is USDA Certified Organic. Current roast include:
- Brazil Fazenda** complex, nutty, creamy, richly textured coffee with chocolate notes. Dark Roasted.
- Guatemala Nahuala** nutty, spicy and bright. Medium body with citrus notes. Dark Roasted.
- Coastal Sunrise/BOLD Blend** balanced blend of full body flavorful coffees for the warm days of spring and summer.
- Dark Golden Crema Espresso Blend** deep, rich and balanced organic blend expertly roasted for shots of espresso.
- Rwanda Kabirizi** complex cup with notes of jam, black berries, vanilla, deep cacao flavor and honey sweetness.
- Coastal Sunrise Blend blend of bright and flavorful coffees for the summer.
- Ethiopia Suke Quto complex cup with notes of honey, berry, vanilla, peach, bright and sweet and silky.
- Toasty Hearth Blend** balanced blend of full body and flavorful coffees for the cooler days of fall and winter.
- Peru Penachi** rich and lush with nutty dark chocolate notes.
- Colombia Quinchia** very smooth, sweet and creamy, full–bodied with notes of cherry, cacao and citrus.
- Honduras El Guachipilin** wonderfully complex and bright. Peach, tart and dry red wine notes.
- Running Rapids Cold Brew Blend blend of flavorful coffees for use in the extended time extraction Cold Brew process.
** Fair Trade Certified
You can find Shearwater Coffee at the Following Connecticut Locations:
- The Dressing Room- Westport
- Parallel Post- Trumbull at the Marriott
- Focaccia’s Café & Catery- Shelton
- Aspetuck Blue Bird Inn – Easton
- Olio – Stamford
- Bartaco – CT, NY, Atlanta
- Martel – Fairfield
- The Spread – Norwalk
- Baro New World Cantina – Fairfield
- 323 Restaurant & Bar – Westport
- Olivette– Darien and Westport
Cafes, Espresso Shops and Bakeries:
- Steam Coffee Bar – Westport Green’s Farms and Saugatuck Train Stations
- Tusk & Cup – Ridgefield
- Billy’s Bakery – Fairfield
- Lorca- Stamford
- The Buzz Truck – Fairfield County
- Down to Earth Coffee House – Glastonbury
- Union Hall General Store – North Salem, NY
Retail: 12 ounce bags of whole-bean or ground coffee available at:
- Ridgefield Organics & Specialty Market- Ridgefield
- The Pantry- Fairfield
- Tutto Pasta- Fairfield
- City Line Florist- Trumbull
- Food Works- Monroe
- Olivette- Darien
- 5 Oceans Fair Trade – Fairfield
- CT Farm Fresh Express – On-line
- Grubsly – On-line
- Stay Roasted – Online
- Daisy Hill Farm- Mt Kisco, NY
- Common Bond Market– Shelton
- CT Farm Fresh Express
- Village Market – Wilton
- Walter Stewart’s – New Canaan
- Whole Foods – Fairfield
Shearwater also sales their coffee at their Trumbull roastery and and on their website at shearwatercoffeeroasters.com.
Shearwater is open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 am to 2 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. Please contact them by phone to visit the roastery during non-public hours: 203-292-0848 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we listened and watched during our tour at Shearwater Coffee Roastsers, is was immediately apparent the passion that they have for coffee and the roasting process to ensure that their coffee offers the best flavor and finest quality.