RAUS COFFEE COMPANY, STAMFORD
As I bemoan the lack of high-quality, locally roasted coffee in Fairfield County, I am harboring a little secret: in this vast coffee wasteland, we do have a startup roaster right here in Stamford.
Stamford resident Donny Raus, of Raus Coffee Company, has been working hard to fire up is roasting business. Those of us who know him have had the opportunity to sample his coffees firsthand. They are quite good.
I brought along a 12 oz. bag of his Takengon Mandeling, a Sumatran coffee, with me for a weekend in East Hampton this summer. After brewing a cup in my ceramic drip brewer, I set out for a lounge chair on the deck (The experience was nearly perfect until town workers began jackhammering the asphalt outside the house).
The intervening months have given Raus time for roasting, logging and perfecting roast profiles. He has also been providing coffee for small businesses and at events locally.
Raus also heads up the Connecticut Coffee Society, a meetup group in Fairfield county that somewhat regularly gathers for coffee cuppings and other events. [DISCLAIMER: I am a member, though I haven't been able to attend an event for some time because of conflicts with my work schedule]
I have been waiting for him to get his website up and running before I post this here on the LBC, however, I wanted to go ahead and give you a heads up.
You can contact Donny at firstname.lastname@example.org and he can ship coffee to you.
Aside from the Takengon Mandeling, Raus also offers his Pitalito co-op from Colombia, Gatina Estate, from Kenya, and a decaf Peruvian coffee. I’m impressed by them all, even the decaf, which I accidentally drank for a few days before figuring it out.
P.S. He sent me this price list, but you might ask him about a holiday promotion I read about on his company’s Facebook group.