Why don’t you offer any dark roasts?
It’s kind of a waste of money. If we buy really good green coffee (which we do) and mediocre green coffee (which we don’t) and roast them both dark (think Vienna or French), they’re going to taste the same. By roasting dark, we’ve roasted any of the origin character out of the bean and at that point, all you are tasting is the flavor imparted by the roasting process. Not necessarily a bad thing, but our mission is to get people excited about great coffees from different origins. We primarily roast to bring out sweetness, balance, and complexity.
Here’s an analogy. Buy two steaks. One a beautiful thick, juicy, tender filet mignon, the other a chuck or a flank steak. Cook them both rare and dig in. The filet will melt in your mouth and you won’t get past the gristle in the other one. Cook them both past well done and you’ve wasted your money on the filet while you’ll be able to chew through the chuck. Kind of like what we’re trying to do with coffee.
Why don’t you offer organic coffees?
We aim to offer great coffees! We also try to make sure the environment is taken care of and farmers are rewarded too. So we buy coffees that are direct trade, fair trade, shade grown, Rainforest Alliance Certified, farm gate etc. Organic coffees can be great, or they can be awful. Many are now grown on large plantations. Organic doesn’t necessarily imply quality. Our importer buys small lots from small farmers or cooperatives who practice farming without pesticides and chemicals but can’t necessarily afford organic certification. We’re also a very small buyer and try to buy our coffees in 50 pound bags, instead of 150 pounders. This allows us to offer a greater variety of coffees. Very few organic coffees are available to us in these small quantities. If we found a great organic coffee in a small quantity, we would certainly buy it.
Why the name Limestone?
Why not? We liked the name because it’s solid, easy to spell and remember, and seems to fit our building well.
And the question we get asked the most: What’s the original use of the steel table near the front door?
It’s a cap off of a portable commercial welder.