Verve Coffee Roasters gets Rising Star Chef awards

June 18, 2013

The accolades keep coming for our own Verve Coffee Roasters. 

Last week, owners Colby Barr and Ryan O’Donovan received the Star Chefs Rising Stars Award at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Verve is the first coffee roaster ever to win the honor.

Here’s their interview with Star Chefs.

So what clinched their win? Here’s the blurb from Star Chefs:

Colby Barr and Ryan O’Donovan connected over coffee more than 15 years ago, as college students at Chico State. When O’Donovan approached Barr about starting a roasting company, they continued their coffee voyage together and opened Verve Coffee in 2007. Emphasizing transparency and quality, the duo regularly travels the globe meeting with farmers and developing relationships that help supply them with an impressive collection of rare, single-origin beans. Verve produces a coffee that is rich, vibrant, and smooth, earning the company a fiercely loyal customer base and international attention. And from their roastery in Santa Cruz, the company is set to take over the coffee world, staying fully committed to finding, roasting, and serving the best coffee in the world.

The full list of honorees, which also includes two chefs from Santa Cruz resident David Kinch’s Manresa, is here. 


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