kru Coffee https://krucoffee.com We know coffee. The kru Coffee team is involved in every step of the coffee production process. We harvest the cherries, process and roast the beans, then expertly extract the coffee. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:32:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://krucoffee.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/FINAL_KRU_FAVICON-1-100x100.png kru Coffee https://krucoffee.com 32 32 Newest Kids On The Block https://krucoffee.com/newest-kids-on-the-block/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:00:45 +0000 https://krucoffee.com/?p=18867 As part of our “Meet the Krü” series, we spotlight the newest kids on the block, Lisa & Tom Weber, the managers of Krü’s second cafe location, now open in Burlington, Vermont. By way of Vail, Colorado, Lisa and Tom Weber have made their own...

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As part of our “Meet the Krü” series, we spotlight the newest kids on the block, Lisa & Tom Weber, the managers of Krü’s second cafe location, now open in Burlington, Vermont.

By way of Vail, Colorado, Lisa and Tom Weber have made their own niche in Burlington, Vermont with overseeing the new Krü Coffee flagship located at 2 Church Street. Offering the same quality coffees and sandwiches as our Saratoga Springs, New York roastery and cafe, the secondary location will also have house made donuts and baked goods available fresh every day.

Lisa is the youngest sibling of Krü Coffee co-owners, Kristi (Miller) Brock and Ryan Miller, and has spent the last 13 years in Colorado with her husband, Tom. With over 15 years of experience in the service industry, Lisa and Tom are excited to bring their hospitality to the Burlington community.

Lisa and Tom Weber

After you meet Lisa, you will quickly see that she has brought her own touch of design and flair to the new location with whimsical colors and patterns, as well as an eclectic style to the customer seating. Customers will also notice the subtle nods to Lisa’s personality, such as peace signs and Phish references hidden within the counter tops and throughout the store, as well as her own personal art donning the walls; creating a space that is crisp and clean with a dreamy feel.

Since day one of opening its doors, Krü Coffee BVT has had troves of guests from open to close, daily. By the number of folks working, conversing, or simply enjoying the space Lisa has cultivated, one would least expect business hours to be concluding at closing time—currently 5 p.m. every day. However, there are plans to extend night time hours in the near future to accommodate guests’ needs and host a variety of events involving music and art.

Customers can expect to see a food menu debuting around early Spring 2020 at Krü Coffee BVT, including donuts—made in house, with plans for a vegan option—and breakfast sandwiches. Baked goods currently offered are provided by local bakery, Williston Coffee, until the kitchen is up and running. However, even with currently limited food options, most seating has been full for the duration of open hours.

We invite you to visit us in our new (second) home in Vermont to meet our newest members of the Krü-Crew and see what’s brüing in Burlington.

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Meet The Roaster https://krucoffee.com/meet-the-roaster/ Fri, 31 Jan 2020 08:00:28 +0000 https://krucoffee.com/?p=18516 At Krü Coffee, we have employees who work their hardest to not only serve you coffee and breakfast, but who also genuinely love the product they are presenting. We want every customer to walk out of our doors with a beverage they enjoy and a...

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At Krü Coffee, we have employees who work their hardest to not only serve you coffee and breakfast, but who also genuinely love the product they are presenting. We want every customer to walk out of our doors with a beverage they enjoy and a little bit of an education on the coffee they are consuming.

In an effort to show our community who we are, behind the bar, we start our “Meet the Krü” series with Luke Rock: Head Roaster, Co-Founder, Certified Q Arabica Grader, and proud dog father.

Luke has been in the beverage game long before Krü came to be. He spent his earlier days at a local tea shop in Glens Falls, then moved onto his first barista gig with Coffee Planet when they were in Glens Falls. He met with Krü Co-Owner, Ryan Miller, at the opening of Spektor Coffee Roasters—located in downtown Glens Falls—and hatched the idea for a roastery in the area, with Luke at the helm of the roaster. Soon after, Luke began mastering his craft in a tiny corner of the original Common Roots building (RIP).

Eventually, Krü Coffee became a reality, with the main focus being roasting and wholesale coffee; the café we have all grown to love was actually just an after-thought to get people interested in the product.

Luke has been at Krü from the very start, and honestly, I’m not sure it would be such a success without his unending devotion to the beans we all get to enjoy every day.

Devotion and passion have propelled Luke into the coffee world with serious force. The coffee at Krü that you casually sip, gulp, chug—whatever helps, we don’t judge—has so much more to it than taste and caffeine.

Recently, Luke became a certified Q Arabica Grader. Before you say, “wow neat!” let me just put into perspective what becoming a coffee grader entails:

The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) sets the highest of standards and tests prospective Q Graders. Using the “cupping” method—the way in which coffee is tasted in order to identify certain tasting notes, aromas, and roast level—the Grader must pass 22 different tests over the course of three days. Furthermore, the testing process itself lasts three days, the entire experience lasts a total of six days, with your first three days being practice—just about every day of the certification experience lasts eight or more hours each day. Our green coffee seller, Royal Coffee, hosts Q hopefuls and also has a great explanation of what the Q tests entail on their website.

Image by: Kaleb Ladd-Cocca for LaddCocca Inc.

As you could probably guess, this test is not for just any amateur coffee snob; it is an intense process that Luke described as being “mentally and physically exhausting.”

Okay, you may now say, “wow neat!” but with more excitement.

Stop into Krü just about any day and you can watch the bean wizard, himself, working his magic. However, if you truly want to know every detail about our coffee, then you should actually talk to Luke. He will answer any question you could possibly have when it comes to the selling, buying, and production of our organic and ethically sourced coffees, but seeing his eyes light up when talking about the honey processed coffee he just roasted, or the depth of flavor in our newest single origin offerings, are the best parts of getting to know Luke as a roaster and a person.

There is absolutely no doubt that Luke has found his calling in the coffee industry, and is damn good at what he does, which is why we thought he would be the perfect choice for the first introduction of our “Meet the Krü” series.

 

Photo credits: Kaleb Ladd-Cocca for LaddCocca Inc.

 

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Slayed In Seattle https://krucoffee.com/slayed-in-seattle/ Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:56:14 +0000 http://krucoffee.com/?p=15829 If you were to walk up to most baristas in your everyday coffee shop and ask them, “Do you know what a Slayer is?” they’d probably scoff and make some off-handed joke about the metal band of days passed. However if you were to travel...

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If you were to walk up to most baristas in your everyday coffee shop and ask them, “Do you know what a Slayer is?” they’d probably scoff and make some off-handed joke about the metal band of days passed. However if you were to travel to some of the higher-end, forward thinking espresso shops in big city settings, you may get a different reaction entirely.

Slayer espresso machines are the brainchild of a Canadian mastermind, Mr. Jason Prefontaine, whom I had the great pleasure of meeting and working alongside for just under a week. The now Seattle based company is growing faster than anyone could imagine, and is tucked away just 10 minutes outside the bustling city streets of downtown Seattle (go figure!). As my partner Ryan and I pulled up to the building to start our preventative maintenance and service training for Slayer, I immediately thought we were in the wrong place. In the most unassuming beige-gray office building, we found one of the hardest working groups of individuals we have ever met. To put this into perspective, it was like driving up to an old boarded up McDonalds building, and finding out they manufacture Ferraris inside. This was truly an incredible experience.

The days that followed were packed with information and hands-on training on every aspect of these custom machines, and it was much more than any of us in the class had expected. Ryan and I were in a small group of 7 coffee entrepreneurs taking the class that week, a group of professionals that I have remained in contact with since. With the amount of overwhelming information we were taking in, it was a relief to have some like-minded people helping us understand and retain the information at hand.

After all was said and done, we all knew we were leaving Seattle with a leg up on the competition we had to face at home, and a completely unique brand to represent. I consider myself an extremely lucky guy to have had this opportunity, using this unique training and equipment every day at Kru Coffee Collective is truly a dream come true, and it sets our staff and product far above the rest without a doubt. Stop in and taste the difference for yourself!

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Our Coffee Farm in Hawaii https://krucoffee.com/our-coffee-farm-in-hawaii/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:53:11 +0000 http://krucoffee.com/?p=15822 My husband and I decided to get married on the Big Island of Hawaii 3 years ago and we fell in love with it. This is where we wanted to live someday. How could we make this happen sooner than later??? Our family has been...

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My husband and I decided to get married on the Big Island of Hawaii 3 years ago and we fell in love with it. This is where we wanted to live someday. How could we make this happen sooner than later??? Our family has been into roasting,preparing, and drinking great coffee for about 10 years, so my husband thought what better way to come full circle with this than to purchase land in Hawaii and grow our own coffee to send back to our own roasting facility and cafe. So last November we closed on Mauka Lau Farm in Honokaa Hawaii. It was an old 5 acre Japanese farm that had not been touched in about 15 years so in essence…. we bought a jungle with what once was a great 3 bedroom farmhouse which now had trees growing through it. I got to see it for the first time in April and, yes I was a little taken back…it needs LOTS of work. But it is AMAZING! It already had about a hundred mature coffee trees on it but you could barely get to them and they were about 20 ft tall!! (They should be about 7 feet tall). They just had been left to grow out of control, and there were so many seedlings popping up everywhere because of the coffee seeds just dropping to the ground and well,…growing. So above is a patch of land that we cleared on the property and my husband has planted his first 10 trees from seedlings he replanted. He will get to see them again in September when he goes back and although these trees won’t produce any cherry for another 2 years, he hopes to pick,process and ship home 100 pounds of green coffee from the other mature trees that are there. So get ready Saratoga! This is as organic farm to cup as it gets!

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Revolutionary Coffee In Saratoga https://krucoffee.com/revolutionary-coffee-in-saratoga/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:38:07 +0000 http://krucoffee.com/?p=15678 We are located in the same plaza as Fresh Market and SmashBurger. We are shooting to Open in mid-August. But keep checking back on our page for a more definitive date as we get closer. Hope to see you when we open!

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We are located in the same plaza as Fresh Market and SmashBurger.

We are shooting to Open in mid-August. But keep checking back on our page for a more definitive date as we get closer.

Hope to see you when we open!

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