Coffee Residency at A Tavola Madeira

When the spark of a good idea ignites some dry tinder, it only takes some added fuel and a little stoking to create a burning hot fire. As is true with wood-fire pizza ovens, so it goes for a coffee-fueled joint venture with our friends at A Tavola Bar + Trattoria. Built with espresso service in mind, A Tavola’s second location in Madeira has been waiting for the right way to deliver the level of quality you’ve come to expect from their outrageously good food, craft cocktails and dining environments in OTR and now in Madeira. ‘Hey, let’s do a pop-up cafe!’


At the beginning of October, Deeper Roots occupied the bar at A Tavola and we’ve been serving stellar coffee with our signature style to those who may have heard the rumors and wandered in. The rumors are true – we are open at 7am every morning and our ‘baristas in residence’ are happy to serve up a selction of fare: coffee of the day, pour-over options, full espresso menu, iced coffee on tap, select teas and creative signature drinks. We have house-made baked goods to compliment: olive oil cakes, biscotti, pumpkin muffins with spiced mascarpone and amazing toaster pastries.


The environment is gorgeous, the atmosphere is lively and the coffee is, of course, compelling. If you work from home, you can come work here. If you have kids, they are welcome. If you are on the way, if you are meeting a friend, if you need a break, if you want good coffee, we would love to host you. We’re calling it a Coffee Residency or Pop-Up – on the one hand, it’s a social experiment; on the other, it’s essentially as if the vision of A Tavola serving delicoius coffee and epsresso is now on fire.


If you are a social media-ite, you can follow the pop-up action here:




Come in for coffee, enjoy the community space and stick around for pizza!


Welcome: Jon Lewis

I was considering writing a third-person message about how excited Deeper Roots Coffee is to welcome its newest member, Jon Lewis, to the team. But if there’s anything I know about this coffee-oriented group of people, it is that relationships trump formalities and I am welcome to express my own excitement without reservation. It is like a Tarzan yell.

Long story short, I have been watching the evolution of Deeper Roots from afar and many of the same values and coffee experiences – both local and international – that I have had mesh seemlessly with the work that DRC has begun. Although life can sometimes feel like wrestling a lion in the jungle, I am returning to my hometown, Cincinnati, with a peaceful vision of serving good coffee well.

I am happy to wear the hat of Community Engagement, which means I will be involved in communicating the Deeper Roots story to our existing and future customers and fans. This will happen through various media but, most importantly, I look forward to sharing coffee with you and forming new and lasting friendships.

If you are in the Cincinnati area, I would love to see you here:

Deeper Roots Meet & Greet
Wed 27 Aug // 6pm
MadTree Brewing
5164 Kennedy Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45213

And you can reach me at any time here: // 513.285.7585

June 2013 La Marzocco Roaster Showcase

On Thursday, June 13th from 11am to 1pm Deeper Roots Coffee will be at the La Marzocco USA headquarters as guests for LM’s Roaster Showcase.  La Marzocco is an espresso machine manufacturer based in Italy who designs and hand assembles, in our opinion, some of the best espresso machines in the world.  We use and distribute the whole line of La Marzocco machines on a daily basis and have fully integrated their products into how we perceive and teach about quality espresso.  We were invited by LM in the winter of this year to come out and showcase our coffee and story with the Pacific Northwest specialty coffee community and are honored to be able to be out there for the summer.  So we at DRC with some brainstorming help from our friends at LM have decided to make a beach themed party on LM’s parking lot to celebrate the coming of summer and to have one heck of a time sharing coffee and community with our friends in Seattle.  If you’re in the neighborhood come on by, bring a lawn chair, grab a drink from us and stick your feet in the kiddie pool!


Baristas That Can Swing a Hammer

Don't we all...

Don’t we all…

One of our biggest joys at Deeper Roots Coffee is connecting farmers with the baristas who serve their coffee every day. We get to do this pretty regularly, taking small groups of coffee-pilgrims to Guatemala during harvest. But, from time to time, we also bring whole teams of coffee professionals and coffee lovers to Guatemala to get their hands dirty as well. In May, Greyhouse Coffee in West Lafayette, IN came to Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala with 14 people to meet the La Armonia Hermosa farmers, learn about coffee farming and help build parts of our new processing mill there. Before coming, Greyhouse ran a campaign with their customers to raise funds for a generator for the mill. Through their generosity, together they raised enough to purchase the generator and buy some additional supplies for the mill.

The roof is going up on the new wet mill.

The roof is going up on the new wet mill.

During their trip the baristas, and other students from Purdue University, had the opportunity to help construct the roof for our new wet mill, start seedlings for the new coffee nursery, and work on some small engineering projects. One of those projects was to install and train on a water filtration system so they can collect rain water for drinking from the roof of the mill.

Julio running the new water filteration system.

Julio running the new water filteration system.

The mill has been a dream for many years now and will greatly increase the production capacity for the Santa Marian farmers which means more and even better La Armonia Hermosa coffee for us here in the States! Construction started last summer with another group from Mississippi having come down to pitch in as well.

Greyhouse Coffee baristas

Greyhouse Coffee baristas

The project is the work of many hands, and though we “gringos” may not be the most skilled laborers, the relationships forged while working together with Julio Cuy and the community of Santa Maria has made a great impact on both sides of our coffee chain. You’ll no doubt be seeing many more updates on the progress of the mill and its inaugural use in this coming year’s harvest. In the meantime, fingers crossed, our fresh crop of La Armonia Hermosa will be here in a few weeks!!

The Armonia 2012 is here!

It’s that time of year again! We have just received our shipment of the 2012 crop from Guatemala and it is awesome.

Meaning “The Beautiful Harmony”, our project, La Armonia Hermosa, gives farmers in Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala new opportunities of a renewed sense of community pride, and a chance for economic sustainability. Farmers receive higher prices through increased quality, marketability and relationship to their buyers by consumers enjoying the fruit of their labors. We have been working with this particular community since 2005 and have come alongside the coffee farmers to produce a quality cup of coffee.

Every year, the farmers have harvested a wonderful crop and we have never been disappointed with the results. As of this week, we are now offering the new crop of 2012 for sale! We have done a few cupping’s with it and found that the coffee has aromatic and acidity characteristics of peach, raspberry, a buttery body, along with some nutty undertones. Overall, we would describe this as a clean cup and a wonderful addition to our wholesale and retail offerings.

Make sure to come on by the roaster this Tuesday (May 29th) at 2:00 pm for a community cupping and a chance to try the newest crop of La Armonia Hermosa!



New Coffee Offering

We are excited to offer two new coffees to our list. We have an Ethiopian Amaro Gayo and a Mexican Fiech. These are great additions to what we offer and we are looking forward to hearing your feedback! Also, we are almost out of the Rwandan Kigeyo, and Colombian El Bordo is completely gone for the year.  Here are some quick summaries of our new offerings:

        Ethiopia Amaro Gayo Washed

As part of our new coffee offerings, this particular coffee comes from Ethiopia’s only female exporter. Her name is Asnaketch Thomas and she is native to the Amaro region, situated within the larger Sidamo region of Ethiopia. She is concerned with helping her surrounding communities with job creation, schooling, and medical assistance.  You can read more about Asnaketch’s work with the community at

As being native to the region, she is well aware of the richness that the country has to offer, like the highland bamboo forests and waterfalls, which add to the uniqueness of this coffee. Amaro Gayo is 100% certified organic as well.

The Amaro Gayo is an Arabica coffee of indigenous varieties that is grown at an elevation of 5200 feet. The washed processing method gives the coffee a cleaner cup with more citrus character than the “natural” version of the same coffee.  We’ll be featuring this “natural” process version later this summer.

Cup characteristics:  Floral, citrus, clean soft acidity, orange marmalade, silky body.

Mexico Fiech

The Mexican Fiech is a coffee from 13 small cooperatives found in the Chiapas region. The farmers all belong to the Indigenous Ecological Federation of Chiapas (FIECH), which has won an award called the National Ecological Prize for environmental stewardship by the government in 1996.

Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Mame, Chuj and Zoque farmers formed the organization in 1996 to improve the quality of life and obtain affordable credit, while considering the concerns of the environment. Along with the original regions, the co op now has farmers from the Frailesca, Costa, Sierra Madre, Fronteriza and Norte regions.

By becoming a certified organic organization, these farmers have tripled their average income, while also implementing programs to build school dormitories, create women’s programs and started a community-lending bank. Since the development of the organization, the farmers have used their resources and extra income to improve their homes, further education, and provide medical care for their families.

The coffee is grown and tended to at 4500 feet.  The varieties of Arabica grown include Arabe, Bourbon, and Mundonovo, which are harvested from December to April.

Cup characteristics: Green apple, crisp acidity, nutty, syrupy body


Welcome to our blog site! As a part of our website launch, we have featured this blog to let you in on what’s happening with us on a weekly basis. We would like this to be an interactive part of the website for you to check regularly.  Learn about our new coffees, get thoughts from the roaster, hear about our project in Guatemala, and watch our how-to video brew guides.

We hope this is a place for you to learn about us individually and as a team. We are so excited to have this website launched and look forward to updating you on what we learn along the way. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to let us know!