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Pour Richard's Coffee Is A Bean To Cup Business

By S. Mathur

Pour Richard's Coffee in Devon, PA is a bean to cup business. This means that they care about the entire process of coffee production, from sustainable farming practices to getting the perfect roast.

"We are all about sustainability environmentally, geographically, socially, and fiscally," co-owner M.J. Berman said. "Pour Richard's Coffee Co. was envisioned in 2005 when Jean and Rich sipped their first self roasted Kenyan beans. This cup of java set the standard for Richard's burgeoning hobby and passion."

Richard Berman spent ten years perfecting the art and science of coffee roasting and opened the company four years ago. His weekly coffee tastings or cuppings are attended by neighbors, customers and coffee aficionados.

"Every Sunday at 2pm Pour Richard's invites our neighbors to join us at the bar for a free cupping featuring a few of our featured roasts (think wine tasting but with coffee)," Berman said. "We do caution that your concept of coffee may be forever changed."

Pour Richard's has established a niche for itself as a fourth wave small batch coffee company. Comfortable seating and large windows provide the backdrop for a menu featuring 22 different single origin coffee beans.

"They are all unique and when brewed black with nothing added the complexities and deliciousness abounds," Berman said. "The true fruit of the farmers' and Rich's roasting labor."

Pour Richard's Coffee Co. is also known for its penny bar, a salute to Benjamin Franklin. The commitment to sustainability takes the Bermans and their customers around the world, literally. They have done four direct trade trips to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Panama to meet with farmers.

Pour Richard's uses only the highest scoring specialty grade coffee. The commitment to fair trade means that farmers are paid the price they set. Their earnings give them access to education and better housing. The fair trade prices also allow them to reinvest in their farms and farming equipment.

The Pour Richard's coffee philosophy might be summarized as follows: "A coffee bean well roasted is a labor of love, a pursuit of complexities, a reward to savor." Events and classes keep customers informed about coffee and its place in the world. Upcoming events include the Economics of Coffee and Its Impact on the World, Coffee Tasting: Spring Seasonal Menu and Coffee on a Budget.

Classes cover everything you ever wanted to know about coffee, including Origins and Processing, Roasting, Grinders, Single Cup Brewing Methods, Multi Cup Brewing Methods and Espresso. For those who can't make it to the store in Devon, there are coffee and tea subscriptions that will ship a monthly selection to any location in the world.

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