Providence was recently named America’s 4th Best Coffee City by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Lauren Roy, Assistant Production Manager, gives us the inside scoop on one of the blossoming industry leaders in Our Backyard New Harvest Coffee Roasters.
It all started in a drafty shed on the site of the old Washburn Wire Factory in Rumford, Rhode Island through the dedication and hard work of Rik Kleinfeldt and Paula Anderson. New Harvest Coffee now considers The Hope Artiste Village of Pawtucket, Rhode Island home where you can smell (and hear) the roasting of the coffee throughout the halls.
Sustainability was and remains the most important aspect of our coffee buying. Our goal is to not only provide our customers with a great cup of coffee, but also to establish relationships with the farmers we do business with and educate the consumer about the importance of buying fair-trade or “source direct” coffee that everyone can feel good about. We aspire to always keep the farmers interest at heart, and remain aware of the hard work, dedication, and complexity that comes with being a coffee farmer (and educate the public about it too)! Once that is taken care of, we can focus on the amazing quality of the coffee we source, and how we are able to accommodate our retail and wholesale customers with whatever their coffee preference is. New Harvest supplies many businesses with coffee, such as: Seven Stars Bakery, White Electric, Olga’s Cup and Saucer, Cable Car Cinema, Angelina’s, Three Sisters, Pastiche, Coffee Depot, BeeHive Cafe, Ellie’s Bakery, and Whole Foods Market to name a few local places, as well as some further away such as Ula Cafe, Espresso Love, Fuel America, and even Cosmic Cup all the way in Pennsylvania. We truly appreciate all of the business our wholesale customers have given us over the years- we could not have done this without all of you!
In part with the production aspect of our business, New Harvest also provides other important services such as technical support for machine maintenance and barista training. We want to help create a thriving coffee community, and training baristas on what what goes into producing a great cup of coffee is a great place to start. Baristas are the last link in an amazing production chain, so we want our coffee to be brewed the best that it can be. We don’t want a passion for coffee to end just with baristas, which is why we try to host events like Latte Art Throwdowns, both at our roastery and other shops around R.I. for the public! Information on these events can be found on our website.
Overall, we love coffee and want you to love it too! We try our best to be as knowledgable in each of our departments in order to provide our customers with any support/questions/concerns they may have. We are a small, tight-knit business that wants to be an ethical, passionate supplier- never losing sight of the important aspects of coffee. We also love Rhode Island and being your local roaster/supplier. You can stop by our roastery from 8-5, Monday through Friday, get a double espresso and a pound of coffee and watch our roasters in action.