A Friend's Philosophy

Here at Vermont Coffee Company we try hard to be a good friend — locally and globally. Our motto, “Coffee Roasted for Friends®,” is more than a slogan, it’s really our mission, our reason for being in this business. Coffee is a social stimulus that brings people together to share ideas and stories, and when people come together, a community is formed and friends are made. 

We’re a small-town roaster located in Middlebury, Vermont. The big flavor and complex character of our coffees are highlights of our unique style of slow-roasting our beans in small batches, that we have perfected since we began roasting in 1979.


All of our beans are certified organic. We source them from the great coffee-growing regions around the world, seeking out big flavor and bold character in the beans we choose. We've developed a unique style of slow-roasting our coffee in small batches, which caramelizes the beans and brings out the semi-sweet, chocolate flavor.

We care about quality, and about the environment, so we made a big decision and in 2018 we became the first coffee roaster in the Nation to roast with 100% renewable biogas. In addition, this coffee is also grown under natural shade in a habitat that is healthy for people, animals, plants, and the soil.

We want you to have the best coffee. After we roast our coffee we use packaging to protect the fresh beans from light, air, and moisture. The paper bag blocks out light, and the poly bag prevents moisture and some air from affecting the flavor.

The paper bags and closure labels can be redeemed for FREE STUFF! Learn more about our Frequent Friend Program™ here.

Our Low Density Polyethylene LDPE poly bags are manufactured here in Vermont. They are recyclable, and like most LDPE, are reformed into items such as bubble wrap, floor tiles, sandwich bags, trash can liners, and yes, compost bins!

Many grocery stores have a soft plastics drop-off bin where you bring our poly bag to be recycled. Or you can repurpose them for carrying your lunch to work, sorting lego pieces, holding party favors, just to name a few that our Frequent Friends have come up with. (We posted on Facebook in June 26, 2013 asking our Friends to tell us how they re-purpose the poly bag).

To find a drop-off bin near you click on this link. 


For us, fair trade means we work on long-term relationships with our growers, rather than a third-party. This way we are assured our farmers are getting the net-most money for their hard work and exceptional organic coffee. We stick with them through their difficult times in all kinds of weather, as all friends would do. In this way we support the fair trade principles.


Our Workplace Community

We are a community of hardworking, loyal folks who love to play. We are parents and grandparents, artists and musicians, quilters and knitters, welders and carpenters. We are sugarmakers and volunteer firemen. We golf, ski, kayak, bicycle, and do Sun Salutations. We swim in the rivers, hang our laundry on the line, and wear wool. We read paperback books and write letters in longhand. We stack our own woodpiles and we attend Town Meetings. During lunch we work on jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles together, and annually hold Yahtzee tournaments. We love roasting coffee for our friends.



Created by Joe Burris - Operations Manager and Etch-a-Sketch artist