A New Brew
Blue Star's bringing on the beans
You can get Fresh Coffee Now at Burlington's Magnolia Bistro, Taste, Anything's Pastable or The Green Room. Shelburne's Bistro Sauce and The Bearded Frog are also serving the area's freshest brew, roasted in the basement of the Blue Star Café in Winooski. As of this week, you can get the buzz-inducing beans, which are organic, Fair Trade-certified and kosher, at a slew of area stores and co-ops.
Matt Sutte, owner of both the café and coffee company, offers a French roast as well as single-origin coffees from Mexico, Timor, Peru, Bolivia and Mexico, all of them carefully "cooked" by roast master Joe Consentino, who calls himself "Joe Cappuccino." Beans will come in 12-ounce bags for $8.99. Another packaging perk: a zip-lock top.
Since the Blue Star opened and the roastery got cranking, the coffee has been available on the www.freshcoffeenow.com website. Sutte bought the website two years ago from "a guy in Atlanta," and was roasting coffee in New Jersey while he waited for the Blue Star space to become available. Although web business has declined somewhat since Sutte began focusing heavily on the local market, he still sells about 750 bags in cyberspace each month. FCN also sells wholesale to a company called Barton's Candy. Sweet.