General Coffee Information:

SHADE GROWN
Shade grown coffee is grown using a canopy of trees and vegetation. Modern agri-technology methods have reduced the need for coffee trees to be grown under shade while increasing yield. It is popularly accepted that coffee grown using canopy shade provides a better cupping coffee. Not all "shade-grown" coffee is organic.

BIRD FRIENDLY
Coffee designated as "bird-friendly" relies on shade trees to provide a natural habitat for many varieties of birds. Habitat lost by cutting down trees to plant sun-resistant varieties of coffee threatens the existence of these birds.

FAIR TRADE
Capitol Grounds is a Fair Trade Certified coffee roaster licensed by Transfair, USA. With the unstable market of coffee trading, "fair trade" coffees are purchased to ensure that the farmers get a better and fair price for their labor, which in turn means better healthcare and education for their families, among other things. Many Fair Trade coffees are organic and many are shade-grown and bird-friendly as well.
Learn more at www.transfairusa.org

ORGANIC
We are certified organic through
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont
.


Coffee growing within a
diverse forest ecosystem
under the shade canopy


Picking Coffee Cherries
in Costa Rica

DEGREE of ROASTS

AMERICAN ROAST
A light roasted coffee that leaves no trace of oil on the bean, low body and light acidity. (This roast not used at Capitol Grounds)

FULL CITY ROAST
The beans are roasted to a medium-dark brown and may have spots of oil appearing on the surface. Displaying potent body, this is our most popular roast.

VIENNESE ROAST
Roasted beyond "Full City" but not to the stage of "French Roast", the beans exhibit splotches of oil although not fully covering the bean.

FRENCH ROAST
These beans are roasted to a dark brown and have a sheen of oil covering nearly the entire bean. (In some regions of the country this is a darker roast than the "Italian")

ITALIAN ROAST
Our darkest roast displaying a coat of oil on the entire bean surface. Used for our Espresso as well as our popular Senate Blend.