Out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean there is an island paradise by the name of St. Thomas. The US Virgin Island is but a short three-hour plane ride from Miami, but sadly it is equidistant from a good cup of coffee. Or at least it was, until Virgin Island Coffee Roasters came to town. Established in 2012, Virgin Islands Coffee has served primarily as a roaster/wholesaler to other cafes, but now, after seven years in the biz, they have opened their own cafe.
Attached to their St. Thomas roastery—the company also has a mainland roasting operation in Boynton Beach, Florida—VIC’s new cafe is serving tourists and locals alike a taste of specialty coffee. White sand and flat whites, what could be a more perfect vacation than that?
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As told to Sprudge by Ramsey Smith.
For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?
Virgin Islands Coffee Roasters was created in the summer of 2012 with one goal in mind, bring specialty coffee to an isolated remote island community. From roasting and distributing for seven years to recovering from back to back Category 5 hurricanes we now have opened a first class third wave cafe attached to our roastery for locals and travelers alike to enjoy the fruits of a dynamic industry.
Can you tell us a bit about the new space?
Clean, simple, open, and transparent with our roasting in view for the world to enjoy and learn. We have focused our energy on creating a dynamic space with very cool finishes from all white penny tile bar to custom lights from London as well as floor to ceiling coffee bush illustration.
What’s your approach to coffee?
Transparency from producer to roaster to customer.
Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?
What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?
Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?
Designer: Malachy Carron – Royal Carron
Bar: Zack – Zook Zook Industries, Optimal Construction
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