According to the outcome of the Specialty Coffee Association’s 2017 U.S. Roaster Championship, there are only seven people nationwide who roast better then Jeremias Paul of Charleston’s Broom Wagon Coffee. But until recently, Lowcountry coffee drinkers had a hard time finding brewed Broom Wagon on a regular basis.
Now Paul and his wife, Rachel, have opened a retail location, giving coffee fans a regular crack at their micro-batch beans in ready-to-drink form.
In addition to offering coffee and espresso drinks made with the area’s only Sypresso machine, the two-year-old company plans to serve waffles, toasts and other light snacks.
Like Black Tap Coffee and Kudu, Broom Wagon is classified as a specialty coffee producer, meaning their raw materials and final products exceed a designated quality standard established by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The Pauls believe single-origin coffee, which is made entirely with beans from one place, such as a geographic region or farm, allows drinkers to appreciate “the lives of the people who have cared for it along its way.”
“We’re kind of idealistic,” Jeremias Paul told The Post and Courier when Broom Wagon’s business consisted exclusively of wholesale and online orders.
Apparently, their vision has paid off.
Broom Wagon, 1630 Ashley Hall Road, is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit facebook.com/broomwagoncoffee.
— Hanna Raskin