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The Tin Lizzie Espresso

“Tin Lizzie Espresso” We named our new espresso the Tin Lizzie, after the Model T Ford automobile.  Our new roastery is located in the Arts District of Hyattsville, MD, just outside of Northeast Washington D.C., where we got our start roasting coffee.  Our new digs used to house the Palmer Ford auto showroom, the first of it’s kind in Hyattsville in the 1920s.  Read more here to learn about the...

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Sourcing Coffee in Puerto Rico

Sourcing Coffee in Puerto Rico by Christopher Vigilante On February 9th 2014, I took a trip to Puerto Rico. I've known this island my entire life, but only in very short spurts. My father was born and raised in Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras), so I've always had a tie to this tiny little island in the Caribbean. In previous trips, I was subject to the activities my father’s family had laid out prior to my arrival....

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The Art of Cupping Coffee

The Cupping process was developed to evaluate and compare different coffees on an even playing field. Because the differences between great coffees can be very delicate, characteristics of those coffees (flavor, body, acidity, finish etc.) can be easily influenced by the way the coffee is brewed. By eliminating some of these variables, coffees can compete on the basics of their own inherent nature.   Need to know terms:  Aroma: The aroma...

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HAWAII TO DC: The Vigilante Coffee Story

WTOP Radio took a minute to sit down and hear the Vigilante story from Hawaii to Washington DC and beyond.  Hit the link to read the full story about how Chris Vigilante learned coffee from the tree to the cup in Hawaii and used that knowledge to build Vigilante Coffee: Washington DC's first third wave coffee roaster.   WTOP dives deep about the culture of DC's coffee scene and the...

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Vigilante Public Coffee Cupping

Join us on August 3rd at our coffee shop on 7th located at 1017 7th st NW for our second public cupping.  We will be evaluating 8 different coffees.  Some of which will be seasonal fresh (picked, processed, and roasted in 2013) and some will be past crop (2012 or older). We'll be featuring our very best coffees as well as some interesting ones (like Cambodian, Bolivian, and Hawaiian coffees)...

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Dare you to try it black!

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Get Your Caffeine Fix at Hogo

Article by French Twist DC:  http://www.frenchtwistdc.com/2013/03/get-your-rum-caffeine-fix-at-hogo.html Get Your rum Caffeine Fix At Hogo I don’t usually check into bars before 9AM (well, at least not too often.) But I had a good reason to walk into Tom Brown’s Hogo this morning - and for once it wasn’t rum but coffee. Vigilante Coffee to be exact... After taking over Mr. Yogato near Logan Circle and Biergarten Haus on H Street, Chris Vigilante is bringing his...

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How Vigilante Coffee Roast the Perfect Bean

 Article from the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/going-out-guide/wp/2013/02/22/how-vigilante-coffee-roasts-the-perfect-bean/ Chris Vigilante holds a scoop of partly-roasted coffee, still green, under his nose. ”What’s that smell like to you?” he says, before answering: “Hay. 260 degrees is when we hit hay.” Chris Vigilante, roasting coffee for the brand that bears his name. (Maura Judkis/for The Washington Post) Vigilante, the 25-year-old CEO and namesake of Vigilante Coffee, roasts his beans in a workspace in Trinidad. Unlike large,...

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Downtown Holiday Festival in DC 11/30-12/23

Vigilante Coffee is excited to be a part of the 8th Annual Downtown Holiday Festival in DC! Come get caffeinated! The 8th Annual Downtown Holiday Market returns for 24 delightful days, November 30 through December 23, 2012, on the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW. http://www.downtownholidaymarket.com/

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Vigilante and Maketto

Vigilante Coffee Co. will be part of the Maketto Asian Market opening on H St. NE, hopefully in early spring. Vigilante is joining the Toki Underground & Durkl Team in this unique endeavor and will be running a roastery & coffee bar on the second floor of  Maketto.  For a "sneak peak" into the Maketto, click here. 

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"Cup of Excellence" Competition

In July 2012, Vigilante Coffee Co. traveled to Counter Culture Coffee's training center for a "Cup of Excellence" cupping. This strict competition selects the very best coffee produced in that country for that particular year. The award-winning coffees being featured this year were from Mexico and Honduras.   The winners are awarded the prestigious Cup of Excellence® and sold via Internet auction, during which we hope to bid on one...

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Guatemala Cupping Challenge

In June 2012, Vigilante Coffee Company, along with 7 other roasters from around the country, were invited to join and contribute beans to a Guatemalan cupping challenge. Each roaster provided their own Farm-Direct Guatemalan coffee, highlighting Guatemala's diverse coffee profiles and roasts. Guatemalan coffee has recently received increased attention for winning various awards and competitions, and is quickly becoming a consumer favorite. Vigilante's cupping contribution was from Frijanes. The coffee was...

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