Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea, Co. Opens Coffee Bar in New Location

Waterbury, Vt. - Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea, Co. has a new home base.

A custom built 15,000 sq. ft. red barn has been added along Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe to house the company, along with Coffee Lab International and CLI's School of Coffee.

Founder Mané Alves has spent the last three years overseeing the design and construction of the new facility.

"When our old leased location on Route 2 in Waterbury was flooded by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, I started looking for property to buy. I found this great location just 3.5 miles past Ben & Jerry's factory and decided to go for it," Alves said in a statement.

The new space will house a coffee-tasting laboratory and testing facility; an education branch that teaches roasting classes, Q certification courses and barista classes; and Vermont Artisan Coffee and Tea, Co., a coffee roaster and tea-packing company.

Other spaces include a wet and dry coffee lab for cupping and testing, a tea room, and classroom.

"Given the location of the new facility, I decided to add a café in to the mix. Even though I have lived in Vermont for the past 25 years, I am originally from Portugal and I wanted to create a sleek, yet friendly, European-style coffee bar," Alves said.

The new Vermont Artisan Coffee Bar is open seven days a week: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 pm., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

It serves made-to-order specialty coffee and tea drinks, and locally made fresh, baked goods. You will also be able to buy whole bean coffees and hand-packed teas.

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