little seed COFFEE ROASTERS, located at 24 Merchants Row in downtown Middlebury, VT, is a welcoming and present approach to specialty coffee. Coffee culture, and the spaces where it is consumed, should provide a joyful and inclusive respite in our community. We are proud to keep these values at the heart of all we do – in our shop, in our customers’ homes, and in our wholesale partners’ businesses. We meticulously select and roast our coffees to bring out the best in each offering. At the core of little seed COFFEE ROASTERS, we want to make complex, eye-opening, flavor-forward coffee that is ethically-sourced, thoughtfully roasted, and acts as a vehicle for change, approachable for all. From the discerning coffee drinker, to the novice – specialty coffee and the spaces where it is enjoyed should provide a welcoming, warm, and joyful experience.

We work with green coffee buyers who are committed to paying the farmers and producers they work with better-than fair-trade wages; many times 50%-100% better than what is considered fair-trade. This enables farming families to make livable wages and develop generational wealth; uplifting their communities at large. The farms we work with produce outstanding coffees, and we feel fortunate to roast coffee that is carefully grown and cared for many miles from our Vermont home base. Each quarter, we rotate our single origins and espresso blend, while featuring some unique one-off offerings from time to time as well. While some of our coffees have secured organic certifications, many of the farms we purchase our green coffee from are far too small to have the resources to both prioritize paying for the certification, and undergo the process to achieve this. However, the farms we work with generally use organic and sustainable growing and producing practices.

We donate 5% of our profits each quarter to a carefully selected non-profit organization based in one of the locations our coffees are being sourced, through our ‘you sip, we give’ initiative. The recipient of our for our first ‘you sip, we give’ quarterly donation will be Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls in Cusco, Peru (where our Arturo Altamirano offering is sourced), and we are currently supporting ‘Days for Girls’, an NGO committed to uplifting girls through health education and access to menstrual solutions.

About the roasters:

The roasters, Maggie and Anthony, started roasting coffee a few years prior to opening little seed, wanting to take their own love and enjoyment of coffee to the next level. They began roasting on Maggie’s grandmother’s cast iron skillet from the 50s in their NYC apartment. This allowed them to get a feel for some of the intricacies of roasting and to understand the craft. From there, they began roasting on a small sample roaster while gaining more experience with large production roasters much like the they we have and work on now. All their coffee is roasted in small batches at their Middlebury, VT roastery and shop.

(photo credits David Devine)