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Local roasters take your morning cup to the next level

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Any old cup of coffee can lift your energy levels, but a truly good one can lift your spirits. Good means fresh, and there’s nothing fresher than a cup that’s ground, roasted, and brewed in-house. Local roasters are the perfect pit-stop before your morning commute, during that 2pm slump, or just a relaxing weekend afternoon. Whether you like it iced, hot, with sugar or cream, no one can resist a fresh cup o’ joe.

Recline in an Adirondack chair with a cup of fresh coffee and a waterfront view at the sweet, quirky, small-town Coastal Roasters. The sign says it all: Hand roasting fresh coffee since… this morning. Their beans, hailing from exotic locales like the Galapagos Islands, are hand-roasted daily, with blends changing seasonally. Tiverton

New Harvest is dedicated to all members of the coffee community, from the growers to baristas to drinkers. Operating out of Hope Artiste Village, New Harvest sources its beans directly from Costa Rica and Honduras. The storefront offers delectable coffee, but also tea, decaf options, rotating whiskies at their bar in Providence’s historic Arcade, and pastries from Humble Pie Company or Foremost Baking Company. Pawtucket and Providence

“Smoky, bold, and steadfast,” Dave’s Coffee roasts and brews their coffee the way they like to drink it. With two brick-and-mortar locations and an online storefront, Dave’s offers bold blends with beans from places like New Guinea and Rwanda, amongst the usual suspects. Charlestown and Providence

TLC Coffee Roasters sets itself apart from the get-go. Their process begins with the equitable and ethical sourcing of beans from bird-friendly farmers and partners of the Rain Forest Alliance, working to ensure sustainability and fair business and land-use practices. These growers include small farms in Kenya and India. TLC boasts 35 blends and continues to curate new coffees. West Kingston

Since 1984, the family-owned Coffee Exchange has been setting an example for local roasters looking to be ethical, sustainable, and responsible partners. Their development program, The Coffee Trust, is dedicated to helping coffee farmers in Guatemala, and 90 percent of their coffee is imported via Cooperative Coffees, a United States-Canada co-op devoted to fair trade. Sourcing their beans from around the world, unique origins include Peru and Nicaragua. Providence

Small batch packs big flavor at Borealis, which uses a 5 kilo Probat machine to roast their fresh coffee. The cute cafe is housed in a renovated train depot and located conveniently right off the East Bay Bike Path. Determined to woo both coffee addicts and new fans alike, Borealis roasts beans from Guatemala, Indonesia, Colombia, and Brazil with the intention of closing the gap between diner and artisan coffee. Riverside

Bolt Coffee, with cafes located in the boutique Dean Hotel and the RISD Museum, stirs up the coffee scene as more than just a local roaster. They act as consultants for cafes and coffee bars, and as technicians repairing grinders and brewing equipment. Their beans hail from Ethiopia, Guatemala, Colombia, and Tanzania, and they roast and ship their fresh coffees every Monday. Providence