Best Conscientious Cuppa
North Bay Bohemian – March 2005
By Ella Lawrence
Taylor Maid’s slogan is “A mindful cup,” and the company, indeed, is one of the most mindful coffee traders and roasters around. Each of its roasts is organically shade-grown and fairly traded, not to mention being some of the most delicious beans available on the market. The company’s campaigns to improve environmental and social conditions in the coffee industry, as well as supporting the small-farmer movement, have taken president Mark Inman of Sebastopol from classrooms in the United States to coffee laboratories in the hills of Nicaragua.
Taylor Maid also has a complete line of loose-leaf teas, and while the prices on a tin aren’t cheap, it’s the best tea this beverage snob has frankly ever quaffed. The coffee prices are the standard $8 to $10 per pound, but the quality on many of the blends far surpasses the burnt blackness of many other local roasteries. Taylor Maid also has an organic farm, which offers up perennial herbs, fruits and vines—well worth a ramble.