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A Quick Look at Barrie House Coffee

by Ed McGuire Updated: January 29, 2021 2 min read

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You wouldn't have the coffee you enjoy without incredible coffee roasters. There are a wide variety of roasters around the world. Many roasters espouse an air of confidence, but far fewer have the knowledge and expertise to back it up. It's time we introduced you to Barrie House Coffee.

Who are Barrie House Coffee Roasters?

Barrie House is bringing us some of our newest coffee that we're positively excited for you to enjoy. With a history dating back to 1934, Barrie House brings over 80 years worth of experience in roasting and manufacturing for hand-crafted coffee products.

They take Fair Trade and sustainability seriously, as well, having implemented their own Farm Program to use genetically pure seedlings obtained from World Coffee Research verified nurseries for long-term, sustainable crops. All of their coffee is traceable to the specific nursery in which it was created. Just as well, Barrie House purchases green coffee at a premium from farmers for the sake of improving their livelihoods, on top of funding and providing assistance to their infrastructure.

As a supporter of women-owned farms, Barrie House leverages their position in the industry to help spread awareness of gender equality across the whole of the coffee industry.

A close up of freshly roasted coffee beans in a basket.

Barrie House has been roasting coffee for over 80 years, and there's nothing more important to them than sustainability, fair trade, the well being of the farmers they partner with, and equality for women in the industry.

What makes Barrie House Coffee different?

Not only do Barrie House Coffee Roasters consider the long-term sustainability of crops and the wellbeing of the farmers who cultivate them, they've mapped out the science behind roasting as well. Barrie House uses vintage roasters with a novel drum design for better airflow and reduced risk of over-roasting. They grade their coffees on a numeric scale, which fit into the three big roast profiles of light, medium, and dark roasts.

To quote Barrie House, their light roasts "accentuate fruity, and acidic flavors in hard bean coffees and malty flavors in lower grown beans like Brazil." Their medium roasts " roast out some of the most subtle flavors and bring up caramelization and body." Finally, their dark roasts "are heavy in roasted and chocolate flavors and are intense and lingering in the cup."

Barrie House has taken home two Gold Medals from Chefs In America, ranked #1 KCup by Business Insider, and were recognized as the 2021 Finalist in Roast Magazine's Roaster of the Year.

The Coffee

We're bringing on several of Barrie House's best, and we need to know what you think. I've tried it myself, and I can tell you I'm into it. Keep a lookout for:

  • Morning Ritual, a medium roast with a light body, clean finish, and notes of tropical fruit.
  • Arrosto Scuro, a dark roast with rich color in the cup and smoky flavors.
  • Espresso Roast, an even darker roast that's smooth and sweet.
  • Clay Avenue, a medium roast that's sweet and mellow, and Barrie House's original perfect roast.
  • Descafeinado, a decaffeinated Peruvian blend with mild acidity light body.
Ed McGuire
Ed McGuire

Ed joined on at Whole Latte Love in 2017 with a particular hatred for bad coffee. We keep him in a room on the other side of the office with a keyboard and an internet connection so he can write about it. He writes and edits product copy, blog posts, scripts, and wiki content in an effort to keep our customers from ever drinking bad coffee again. Ed is afraid of the sun and drinks his coffee black.