Spotlight on Vermont Coffee Company

Spotlight on Vermont Coffee Company

We’re casting our Co-op Spotlight on Vermont Coffee Company this week to spread the love for this small town coffee roaster located right here in Middlebury, VT. Member-owners can enjoy 20% off all Vermont Coffee Company products from August 27th – September 2nd, so it’s a great time to stock up and save. Read on to learn more about this fantastic local business and their passion for big, bold coffee.


Vermont Coffee Company is located on Exchange Street in the heart of Middlebury’s Industrial Area. They roast, pack, and ship their coffee on site. They also have an on-site café where they typically encourage their Friends to come and relax, hold meetings, write novels, knit, or do homework. However, due to the COVID-19 virus, the café is closed for the foreseeable future in order to keep their staff and employees safe and healthy.  If you’re interested in receiving café updates, sign up for their café eNote at

Friend Philosophy

Vermont Coffee Company began roasting coffee in a small café in Bristol, Vermont in 1979. The first coffees they roasted were for their friends. COFFEE ROASTED FOR FRIENDS® is more than a slogan, it is their mission. They believe that coffee is a social stimulus that brings people together to share ideas and stories. When people come together, a community is formed and friends are made. 

Vermont Coffee Company is a FRIEND to the planet. They made a big decision and in 2018 became the first coffee roaster in the Nation to roast with 100% renewable biogas. In addition, this coffee is also grown under natural shade in a habitat that is healthy for people, animals, plants, and the soil. Over the years they’ve developed a unique style of slow-roasting their coffee in small batches, which caramelizes the beans and brings out the semi-sweet, chocolate flavors. 

Vermont Coffee Company wants you to have big, bold coffee. After they roast their coffee, they use packaging to protect the fresh beans from light, air, and moisture. The paper bag blocks out light, and the polybag prevents moisture and some air from affecting the flavor.

The paper bags and closure labels can be redeemed for FREE STUFF! Learn more about their Frequent Friend® Program here.

Their Low-Density Polyethylene LDPE poly bags are manufactured here in Vermont. They are recyclable, and like most LDPE, are reformed into items such as bubble wrap, floor tiles, sandwich bags, trash can liners, and yes, compost bins!
Many grocery stores have a soft plastics drop-off bin where you can bring their poly bag to be recycled. You can also drop them off at the Addison County Solid Waste Management District transfer station in Middlebury, or you can repurpose them for carrying your lunch to work, sorting Lego pieces, or holding party favors.

Vermont Coffee Company is a FRIEND to its farmers. They work on long-term relationships with their growers and pay them a fair price for their quality organic coffee. They stick with them through their difficult times, as all friends would do. 
Vermont Coffee Company is a FRIEND to their community supporting those in need of food and shelter through H.O.P.E. and other organizations.


They are parents and grandparents, artists and musicians, quilters and knitters, welders and carpenters. They are sugarmakers and volunteer firemen. They golf, ski, kayak, bicycle, and do Sun Salutations. They swim in the rivers, hang their laundry on the line, and wear wool. They read paperback books and write letters in longhand. They stack their own woodpiles and attend Town Meetings. During lunch they work on jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles together. 

They love roasting coffee for their friends!

They’d love to hear from you! 

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