I hate to sound like a cheerleader for Verve Coffee Roasters but I can’t help myself. I love their coffee and I love that their roastery is almost literally in my backyard.
And I’m clearly not alone in my VCR love.
New York Magazine’s foodie site Grub Street has selected our own Verve as one of it’s “58 Extraordinary Coffee Shops Around America.”
“It’s inspiring to go to a part of the country where you don’t have to choose style or substance,” says Oliver Strand of this hip-yet-grounded California spot. This company’s rooted in surfer culture, and Verve even has an in-house designer making skate decks and graphic tees (with pirate and bear motifs). The Verve owners also offer predominantly single-origin coffees that change with harvest seasons, but they make a few blends. “The 1950,” a custom blend originally made for Google, is very popular.
Unsurprisingly, coffee shops in Portland, San Francisco and Chicago occupy a large portion of the list.
Joining on the Verve love bandwagon is also Complex Magazine, which ranked Verve #5 on its list of the best coffee roasters in the U.S. right now. It ranks just above SF’s own Four Barrel at #6, and is topped by Ithaca’s Gimme!, Chicago’s Intelligentsia, Counter Culture in Durham, N.C. and of course, Portland’s Stumptown.