America has come a long way since Jim Folger started roasting coffee in 1850. According to the National Coffee Association, 64 percent of Americans age 18 or older drink coffee daily, making coffee the top caffeinated beverage in the U.S. today. For local coffee aficionados, getting a perfect cup is as easy as finding an area roaster to purchase beans from.
Locally roasted coffee isn’t necessarily a new phenomenon in the Capital Region. Mainstays like The Daily Grind (in Albany and Troy), Uncommon Grounds (in Albany and Saratoga) and Professor Java’s (in Albany) have each been roasting green (or raw) beans for at least two decades. Chris’ Coffee, which started 42 years ago in Albany, is now the largest espresso machine importer in the U.S. and one of the oldest continuously run, family-owned coffee roasters in the country, with 100,000 pounds of coffee roasted monthly, according to the company’s website.