Speciality coffee shop to open in Bedford
Claudia Barrett, owner of CQ Coffee Roasters in Bedford, serves coffee in her roasting facility. CQ Coffee Roasters' Kenya Kirinyaga Karimiku Peaberry recently ranked fifth by Coffee Review, beating some of the biggest names in the specialty coffee industry. She will soon open a wholesale and retail store on Harvey Road in Bedford, offering free seminars and coffee tastings. (SUSAN CLARK/Union Leader Correspondent)
Barrett is passionate about coffee and will soon open a 12,000-square-foot wholesale and retail operation on Harvey Road in Bedford, where she will offer seminars on the cupping method and brewing and, of course, have free coffee tastings.
CQ’s Kenya Kirinyaga Karimiku Peaberry — a mild coffee with a hint of fruit punch, nutmeg and caramel — recently ranked fifth out of about 100 specialty coffee entries by Coffee Review, a world-wide buying guide. Her Kenya coffee earned 95 points and ranked in the Top 30.
Her company is among about 350 certified roasters in the country, and she adheres to the Specialty Coffee Association of America guidelines.
“The whole cherry is removed and laid out on drying beds in the sun. It develops a really rustic, wild fruity cup,” Barrett said.
“Always grind fresh, because as soon as you grind it the clock actually starts ticking,” she said.
“There’s so much science in specialty coffees,” she said.
Since then, her company has grown, and she recently achieved 15,000 orders in 45 days, and 95 percent of her business is through national mail order. With a small staff of roasters and drivers, she is very select in where her coffee is sold so she can control quality.
CQ offers local door-to-door coffee deliveries in Bedford on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Thursdays in Manchester.
For more information about CQ coffees, brewing and cupping, visit cqcoffeeroasters.com.
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