Our cup runneth over (with locally-roasted coffee)

 Jesse Daino, co-owner of Recess Coffee Co., checks beans as they roast.

Jesse Daino, co-owner of Recess Coffee Co., checks beans as they roast. Photo by Ami Olson.


Just-roasted beans cool in a copper-lined barrel at Recess Coffee Co. in the Westcott neighborhood.

— Roasting coffee beans is a smoky, dusty, hands-on affair that requires the constant attention of the roaster and comes with a long list of not-so-fun auxiliary tasks: scraping and cleaning out the roaster every month or so, hauling around 150-pound burlap bags of beans (a two-person job), the eventual bagging and weighing of the finished product. It’s an expensive hobby, and going pro requires a significant investment in equipment (even used, small-quantity roasters cost thousands of dollars). They’re fussy machines that require ongoing maintenance, one roaster said.

But all of this only makes Syracuse’s abundance of local, independent roasters even more impressive. At press time, seven different roasters were marketing their beans in the Salt City, and the Near West Side, East Side, Eastwood, Downtown and North Side neighborhoods all boast their own roasteries (more than one, in some areas), each with their own personalities and defining characteristics.

And most roasters say there is even room for more.

Take your pick

Here’s the list of local roasters, and where to find their beans:

Café Kubal

Roaster Matt Goddard’s favorite beans: “They’re all my children,” he laughed.

3501 James St., Eastwood

601 Tully St., West Side

Freedom of Espresso

Armory Square café goes head-to-head with Starbucks located across the street.

Three locations in the city:

115 Solar St., Franklin Square

144 Walton St., Armory Square

424 Pearl St., North Side

Suburban cafes:

128 W. Genesee St., Fayetteville

403 First St., Liverpool

Hyman Smith Coffee

Best-selling roast: Columbian Supremo French roast.

500 Erie Blvd. East, Downtown

The Kind Coffee Company

Roasts progressively darker beans as the week goes on.

715 W. Fayette St., Near West Side

Recess Coffee Co.

Roaster/co-owner Jesse Daino’s favorite roast: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

110 Harvard Place, Westcott Neighborhood

Shamballa Café and Coffee Roasters

Roaster/owner Emmet Simpson’s favorite roast: Guatemalan, medium roast.

11 W. Genesee St., Baldwinsville

West Roast

Small-batch roasting over an open wood fire.

(Sometimes) supplies Montage Café and Bar with beans, 219 S. West St., Near West Side.

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