Coffee Labs History
Coffee Labs owners Mike and Alicia Love go to their first SCAA Expo in Anaheim CA. At this show, they decide to open Coffee Labs. One of the reasons they decide to join industry is how great the people they meet there are. At that show they realize there is a developing change in the industry where people are starting to go to origin and commit themselves to sustainability and quality just as much as they plan to in their upcoming endeavour.
Coffee Labs opens its doors in May of 2003 as the first third wave coffee roaster in Westchester County, and one of the first in the metropolitan area. We set out to bring a higher level of specialty coffee to a region that had not yet been exposed to it.
We take our first trip to origin in Mexico. This is our first experience of buying at origin through a cooperative called San Cristobal.
-The Stirling Syrup Contest is our first big contest we participate in, Mike comes in second, and employee Sterling Muth wins first place in the contest. (The name similarity is just a coincidence!)
-Mike Starts competing in the Ultimate Barista Challenge.
Roaster Doug Wray wins an essay contest for his essay “Why I Roast” in Roast Magazine, published nationally.
-We establish our first of many direct relationship with a farmer in Honduras, which lasts for 5 years.
-Mike wins his first ultimate barista championship with his unique drink “The Espresso Belgique” and went on to win in 18 different categories over the next few years in Russia, China and other regions.
-Mike wins the two Best of Brew Challenges, two Espresso Cocktail Challenges, a Latte Art Challenge and an Espresso Frappe Challenge at Ultimate Barista Championships all over the world.
Mike wins another three Ultimate Barista Challenge titles including Latte Art, Espresso Cocktail and Overall Points Champion.
Mike wins another four titles at the Ultimate Barista Championship. A Latte Art Challenge, two Espresso Frappe Challenges and Overall Points Champion
Mike wins another Espresso Frappe Challenge at the Ultimate Barista Championship.
Mike wins two more Challenges at Ultimate Barista Championships, Overall Points and the Espresso Cocktail Challenge.
Mike decides to stop competing professionally in order to focus more on Coffee Labs.
Coffee Labs wins second place at America's Best Espresso.
We open a second, private location inside of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world near Tarrytown, NY.
We are planning to open a third location in new rochelle in partnership with a craft beer bar and a pizzeria. Check out our blog for updates!