It doesn’t seem that long ago when Bob Watson bought a roaster, rented a space, and opened a coffee shop on State Street just a couple blocks down from the capitol in downtown Montpelier Vermont. It was 1998 and we called it Capitol Grounds.
In some ways it was a long time ago. Though the rolling hills looked much the same, getting a cell phone to work was it’s own unique adventure. The internet looked like a cartoon platypus version of it’s current self, and specialty coffee was as hard to find as a roosters tooth.
We had a vision though, and our commitment to finding and roasting excellent coffee has helped foster a culture of specialty coffee that has spread across Vermont.
Capitol Grounds Cafe is still on State Street and going strong and we’re still roasting coffee right here in the heart of Vermont. We’ve also grown. We’ve learned a tremendous amount about coffee beans, and life. I dare say we’ve grown a little wiser. As our roasting operation has matured we’ve developed relationships with farmers and importers that has opened our access to some of the finest coffees from around world. It’s an exciting time and we are serious about sharing our coffees with more great people.
So let us introduce ourselves. 802Coffee. Since 1998. Nice to meet you again.