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Blue Star's bringing on the beans

Published January 31, 2007 at 6:07 p.m.

You can get Fresh Coffee Now at Burlington's Magnolia Bistro, Taste, Anything's Pastable or The Green Room. Shelburne's Bistro Sauce and The Bearded Frog are also serving the area's freshest brew, roasted in the basement of the Blue Star Café in Winooski. As of this week, you can get the buzz-inducing beans, which are organic, Fair Trade-certified and kosher, at a slew of area stores and co-ops.

Matt Sutte, owner of both the café and coffee company, offers a French roast as well as single-origin coffees from Mexico, Timor, Peru, Bolivia and Mexico, all of them carefully "cooked" by roast master Joe Consentino, who calls himself "Joe Cappuccino." Beans will come in 12-ounce bags for $8.99. Another packaging perk: a zip-lock top.

Since the Blue Star opened and the roastery got cranking, the coffee has been available on the www.freshcoffeenow.com website. Sutte bought the website two years ago from "a guy in Atlanta," and was roasting coffee in New Jersey while he waited for the Blue Star space to become available. Although web business has declined somewhat since Sutte began focusing heavily on the local market, he still sells about 750 bags in cyberspace each month. FCN also sells wholesale to a company called Barton's Candy. Sweet.

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Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose, butcher a pig, make ramen from scratch, and cook a scallop perfectly.


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