Introducing ‘Lazaro’ Gesha No. 1 from Juan José Aryaya Acuña, of San Juanillo, Costa Rica. It’s the first 100% Gesha varietal from the farms of Juan José Araya Acuña. It is also the first Gesha to be offered by 802 Coffee. There’s a nice symmetry here. We’ve been working with Juan José since 2016 as the exclusive roaster of his Finca Aurora Micro Lot. It’s been a perennial favorite of ours and has lead to a strong partnership and friendship between us. When he finally decided to try sorting all his Gesha beans as a unique offering he reached out to us before bringing them to market. We were both honored and intrigued. We had to say yes, and are so glad that we did. We are intensely proud of this coffee and hope you love it as much as we do.
Since our founding in 1998, 802 Coffee has been dedicated to bringing excellent coffee to the public. When we first opened as a small cafe roasting our own coffee in Central Vermont our 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.
Every time we bring a new coffee into our roastery we complete a rigorous tasting 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.