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AROMAS DE SIERRA MADRE #1 WINNING COFFEE IS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT VIGILANTE COFFEE CO.

July 21, 2016 Ashley Bodine

It is with great pleasure that we announce the #1 rated coffee at the Aromas de Sierra Madre competition is now available, exclusively at Vigilante Coffee Company. This coffee is in extremely short supply, only 80lbs were produced! Vigilante Coffee Company founder Chris Vigilante has worked closely with our roasters to ensure that this coffee is perfect with every brew. The Finca Cañada Fria is a mixed varietal grown at 5600m in Vera Cruz, Mexico. Sweet fragrances and earthy aromas lead into initial sips of stone fruit.  As it cools, chocolate notes emerge and evolve into ripe pineapple acidity and a clean, smooth finish. This coffee is...


Teaching to Roast Coffee in Guatemala

May 15, 2016 Chris Vigilante

Click this link to watch the video:  Giving Back in Guatemala In February of 2016, I had the chance to work with a small cooperative in one of the most well known, coffee-growing regions in the world - Huehuetenango, Guatemala.  My job was to share my knowledge on all things related to coffee roasting, assist in setting up the equipment, and help implement the beginning stages of a wholesale roasting business.  To me, this is the most valuable asset I can give someone, and frankly, I never dreamed it would be possible until this opportunity arose.  Partners of the Americas,...


Pura Vida: In Search of the Gesha

January 29, 2015 Chris Vigilante

Vigilante Coffee Sourcing Trip to Costa Rica We believe that the ability to serve truly spectacular things comes only from a thorough understanding of the product, where it comes from, and who made it. We’re heading to Costa Rica next week on a mission to find something spectacular.  And we’re going to learn everything we can about it so we can properly share it with you.   What’s so special waiting for us in Costa Rica?  Coffee, of course.  But not just any coffee.  A very specific varietal of coffee.  One whose name alone evokes mystery and exotic allure: gesha....


The Tin Lizzie Espresso

July 08, 2014 Chris Vigilante

“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 building and it’s history. (goo.gl/0MquY8)   Just as this was the first auto showroom in Hyattsville, so is Vigilante in becoming Hyattville's first 3rd wave coffee roastery.  Henry Ford said...


Sourcing Coffee in Puerto Rico

March 17, 2014 Chris Vigilante

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. This time was different because I was making the itinerary; I was seeing the island in a completely different view and truly through the eyes of a coffee professional. Puerto...