There’s something about the warm, hearty aroma of freshly brewed coffee that brightens up a morning (or evening, for the night owls). What’s even better is coffee roasted locally, right in the shop where you pick it up. Several of Baltimore’s best coffee houses are brewing up roasts and many sell them throughout the city. Choose your brew and dedicate yourself to a roaster because the loyalty can be pretty fierce. Check out a few of Baltimore’s local roasters for a pick-me-up any time.
4607 Harford Road
Baltimore, Md. 21214
Zeke’s Coffee is arguably the most well-known coffee purveyor in Charm City. Family owned and operated, Zeke’s started brewing in 2005 at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market and opened its retail space in 2006. That Lauraville space is home to Zeke’s roasting facility. In 2010, Zeke’s retail space moved to Harford Road, but the Sivetz Fluid Bed coffee roaster remains. Zeke’s can be found throughout Baltimore, from Irvine Nature Center to The Wine Source to Mama’s on the Half Shell. If you’re a true Zeke’s fanatic, you can have the coffee shipped to your door via its subscription service. Zeke’s gear, including T-shirts, hats and, obviously, coffee mugs, can all be purchased on its online shop.
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TriBeCa Coffee Roasters
1210 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
TriBeCa Coffee is one of the newer in-house roasters in Baltimore, located in Mt. Vernon. Owner James Jean operates the 1,300-square-foot space by University of Baltimore, in close proximity to MICA. National chain Starbucks is located across the street, but TriBeCa believes that its in-house roasting gives it a leg up against the competition. With 23 reviews and five stars on Yelp, it seems like TriBeCa is holding its ground in the neighborhood.
High Grounds Cafe
3201 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21224
Along busy Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown, the High Ground Cafe is channeling 30 years of experience and roasting its own coffee in its Diedrich drum roaster. Peruse the aisles of Whole Foods and Wegmans and find bags of High Ground Coffee Roasters coffee for sale. When it opened in 2003, High Grounds started dedicating itself to the local Canton, Patterson Park and Highlandtown communities, including supporting Patterson Park and Patterson High School. In 2012, High Grounds provided both financial and product support to the tune of $20,000. High Grounds hopes to continue its philanthropic efforts by building 100 orphanages with housing, schools and medical facilities in Eastern Europe, India, Africa and South and Central America. Sales of High Grounds’ coffees go toward this mission. Coffee can be purchased online, at the cafe or at many retail locations throughout Baltimore.
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Eagle Coffee Company
1027 Hillen Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
In 1921, Eagle Coffee Company opened its coffee roastery in Baltimore and has been brewing since. Eagle Coffee caters to local hotels and restaurants, as well as in grocery stores and corporate and university cafeterias. The coffee wholesaler and distributor offers delivery, equipment, private labeling, custom design and brand development. Shoppers can access Eagle Coffee’s online shop for full bags, samples and tours of varieties. The website offers learning opportunities for home roasting and brewing, as well as videos and info on the basics of coffee.
Renee Libby Beck spends her days as a public relations and social media manager for Medifast, Inc. and any spare time that she can find as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in local and national publications. Renee also serves as the Baltimore Food Examiner for Examiner.com.