Like clockwork, the burlap sacks of coffee beans arrive by the container full. Hundreds at a time, stacked neat and high inside the 20-foot steel bins that took them across oceans from places like Colombia, Brazil and Vietnam.
In their raw, green form, the beans exude no aroma — but they carry much importance when they arrive by ship at the Port of Virginia.
Here in Hampton Roads caffeine is king, at least to some.
Towns up and down the East Coast and in the Gulf are better-known coffee hubs — think New York, Houston and New Orleans. But more and more, those in the local coffee and tea industry say, Hampton Roads is becoming a major player.