Laveggio Espresso Bar was born 16 years ago from our passion for good coffee. Since then we have been behind the bar every day, hand-crafting espresso drinks and brewing specialty Coffee to SCAA standards. We have thought from the very beginning that, – with the exception of a few small artisan shops – the retail coffee experience – whether buying a cup of drip coffee or beans to brew at home, leaves a lot to be desired. We knew we could do a much better job. Instead of a fast food coffee experience – we set out to make it a professional coffee experience, where the Barista can engage the customer and make knowledgeable suggestions from the standpoint of a trained palate, not reciting tasting notes verbatim. With the launch of of our small batch artisan roasting operation – Laveggio Roasteria – in 2007, we now control the sourcing and roasting of our coffee as well as continuing to brew to the highest SCAA standards.
How It Started
Timing is everything in life. A chance meeting with a Master Roaster in 2000, led to sample roasting and cupping an amazing “M.A.O Horse” Harrar on a magical Saturday afternoon. A long and interesting learning process began, cupping and spitting, sample roasting Huehue and Harrar on a Sivitz air gun, learning the SCAA brew chart, pulling shots with J.G. on an ancient manual 3 group Faema, and many long conversations with Don Schoenholdt, Wilem Boot and Carl Staub have led us here.
Here we are 10 years after opening the Roasteria. We have moved to a new space that we have designed to be more efficient and to create a more personal coffee experience. Our commitment to artisan roasted coffee, served by highly trained people who are passionate about coffee and who want to help you explore it has become more focused on the customer experience. We don’t serve lunch – we are not a bar. We strive to be “an antidote for the standard coffee chain experience”. We chose to roast by-hand, without the aid of computerized roast controllers or roasting software and to preserve and showcase the craft of true artisan roasting. To date we have roasted over 11,000 loads of coffee by-hand.
The Highest Standards
Our quality and freshness standards are among the toughest in the business. We roast, brew and sell all of our coffees within a 7 day window. After 7 days the coffee is no longer at its peak and we pull it from stock. We donate these coffees to the Veterans Center, First Responder organizations (Police & Fire Department), local Shelters, or others in need. Our spent grounds and chaff continue to build the soil of the VINES gardens.
Everyone at the Roasteria works as a team. We are a group of talented and focused coffee professionals, each with our own strengths. We work together to make your coffee experience the best it can be. Every employee at Laveggio Roasteria must pass a palate test as a condition of employment.
That means that each Barista can discuss the tasting notes for each coffee with you, as well as the correct brewing method and the correct grind to get the best result. Each one of us is driven to show you the difference between our experience and expertise -vs- the standard coffee chain experience.
Our menu is very simple and straightforward – double espresso shots, Cortado, European latte (5 oz), Cappuccino (6 oz) American latte (12 oz), iced latter (16 oz), cold brew (16 oz) single origin drip (and the occasional seasonal blend). We offer both light and dark roast drip daily.
We offer pour-over and our own cold brew blends.
Our business model has always been fundamental to our success, and it the foundation of our business – We source very high quality coffees and roast them to highlight their natural flavors, and we will not change our drip or cold brew coffees by adding a syrup – or offering Grande size drinks so please don’t ask our staff to do so..
At the Roasteria we don’t offer pre-bagged coffee (of an unknown age) sitting by the cash register. Every bag we sell is bagged or blended by-hand, after a discussion with one of us – from the same coffees that we are brewing,. Each bag is clearly marked with a roast date and roast level. We unconditionally guarantee each bag of coffee we sell to be; freshly roasted within our 7 day window, and taste as advertised. We will replace it, no questions asked if it is not.