Location: Ithaca, N.Y.
Founded: 2000; began roasting in 2001
Where To Get It: Gimme! shops in Ithaca, Trumansburg, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, N.Y.; select coffee shops nationwide, including 506 Tea Bar in Brooklyn and Espresso 77 in Queens; online at gimmecoffee.com
Roaster Recommends: Guatemala Huehuetenango Aroma de las Flores. A blend of two top lots from the same region brought together for balance, it's described as "a warm honey stick" and "intensely sweet from start to finish," with a citric acidity and syrupy mouthfeel. It's best brewed as a Kalita Wave pour over.
Gimme! uses 100 percent green power sources, composts more than 95 percent of its waste, and sources the ingredients in its cafes from local and organic farmers. Rather than building new buildings, the company focuses on green renovation projects. Among these are the farm it converted into its roasting facility, which features soy-based insulation, heated floors, and passive solar gain design, and the converted vintage AirStream trailer that hosts one of its Ithaca cafes.
Additionally, the company's Relationship Coffee initiative helps pass profits and information down to farmers, making the entire supply chain as integrated and sustainable as possible. So yeah, sustainability's a big deal here. It also doesn't hurt that the coffee—chosen for unique flavors and overall balance—rules, helping Gimme! win Roast Magazine's Macro Roaster of the Year award for 2013.