VELO

COFFEE ROASTERS

Andrew and Jessica Gage started Velo Coffee Roasters in April of 2010 with a passion for bikes, specialty coffee, and bringing a light roast approach to the Chattanooga market.

 

Andrew sold his car for capital to start the company and delivered all orders by bike until 2015, steadily growing Velo into a wholesale roaster. As demand increased, a small pour over and espresso bar was built inside the shop to provide a retail space for customers.

 

Since then Velo has expanded to provide an extensive cold brew program, events/coffee competitions, group bike rides, a subscription program and an ever-progressing retail space for coffee fiends and newcomers alike. 

They purchase high-quality specialty coffee through importers with good reputations for paying producers well, building the specialty coffee community and for being transparent. Coffee is an agricultural product and they treat it as such, meaning they buy coffee as fresh as they can get it. Velo typically buy new coffees quarterly or as they become available throughout the year based largely on global harvest periods.

Featured Roasts

BONESHAKER ESPRESSO

As their only blend offering, Velo's Boneshaker Espresso has been with them the whole time. Although Velo contracts new coffees each season, the blend always consists of 40% natural Brazil, 40% washed Colombia and 20% washed Ethiopia. They have found that this particular blend yields itself to a consistent espresso with an intriguing acidity and balanced sweetness.

Region: Cerrado, Brazil | Quiche, Guatemala 

Roast Type: Blend

Roast Level: Medium

Altitude: 1000 - 1800m

Process: Washed | Natural

Tasting Notes: Apple | Caramel

Starting Price: $14.00 USD/340g

HONDURAS - FINCA LA CUEVA 

Roger Antonio Domínguez Márquez owns several farms in La Paz, Marcala, including the 4.23-hectare plot called Finca De La Cueva.Roger met green-coffee buyer Piero Cristiani at a Specialty Coffee Association Expo event one year, and now he is one of their strongest partners in Honduras. He not only works with his family on his own farms, but he also sources coffee from his neighbours, paying them considerably higher than they would get otherwise from intermediary buyers. They source many coffees from Roger, since he has a fantastic eye for quality.

Region: Marcala, La Paz, Honduras 

Roast Type: Single Origin

Roast Level: Light - Medium

Variety: Catuai

Altitude: 1350m

Process: Wased

Tasting Notes: Grapefruit | Caramelized Sugar | Apple | Almond 

Starting Price: $14.00 USD/340g

COLOMBIA - HUILA 

This Colombia Huila is part of Cafe Import’s “Regional Select” program, highlighting unique profiles of coffees grown in various microclimates within commonly sourced countries. Local variables such as wind patterns elevation, and soil quality can separate coffees within the same country with a wildly different flavour profile. According to Cafe Imports, Huila’s profile is more toward toffee sweetness, lemon acidity, and smooth mouthfeel than the punchier fruit-forward notes of other Colombians.

Region: Huila, Colombia

Roast Type: Single Origin

Roast Level: Light

Variety: Castillo | Caturra

Altitude: 1200 - 21000m

Process: Washed

Tasting Notes: Sugary | Green Apple | Dried Cherry | Chocolate

Starting Price: $15.00 USD/340g

Shipping: Domestic only

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