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Sweetwater Organic Coffee Co. and Chelsea Coffee: The Dynamic (Delicious) Duo

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

Coffee is often called an art, and it’s a pretty apt description. The perfect cup is the coalescence of several distinct parts. It’s more than brushstrokes in a breathtaking painting; it is the bristles on the brush, the dyes in the paint, and the fibers composing the canvas.

To cut through the poetic jargon, the perfect cup of coffee takes many ingredients, skill, and care to craft. Among those crucial parts of the whole are the coffee beans themselves. In many ways, they are the foundation on which the symphony of flavor we all know and love is built.

A coffee cup filled with Sweetwater Coffee beans on a table next to a coffee plant.

The Better the Beans, the Better the Brew

Anything in life—be it a latte or a business—is better off when the ingredients are high quality. While there are diminishing returns (we can’t all afford the world’s most expensive coffee), the truth is that better beans equate to the best coffee.

This sounds straightforward, and it is in concept. In reality, there are quite a few factors that determine the excellence of a coffee bean, including where it is grown, the ethics of the growers and supply chain, how the beans are processed and roasted, and so on.

Why Chelsea Coffee Uses Sweetwater Coffee

The best coffee shops are committed to using top-tier ingredients. Chelsea Coffee firmly believes this and implements it into everything from its black coffee to seasonal specialty drinks (and delicious pastries and sandwiches, but that’s a topic for another time).

At Chelsea, we also believe in uplifting our community and supporting fellow local businesses. Thankfully, these two goals align with Sweetwater Organic Coffee Co., a local roaster in Gainesville, Florida, that is producing some of the best beans around.

Small, Local Business

Despite the surge of nationwide franchises and corporate coffee chains, small businesses are still the backbone of this country and its coffee scene. We don’t have to tell you the benefits of supporting local businesses (though we totally will in another blog). For now, let’s just say that Chelsea Coffee puts its money where its mouth is.

As a small business ourselves, we know the value of building a community, the jobs small businesses create locally, and the impact they can have on a town. Sure, we could save a few bucks by opting for beans from a gigantic, faceless supplier, but that’s not who we are. We want to see other local businesses thrive, and Sweetwater Coffee is no exception.

Did Someone Say “Organic?”

Sweetwater Organic Coffee Co. has an important word in its name. Okay, technically it has two—“coffee” is pretty important, too. In this case, however, we are talking about “organic.”

Sweetwater offers only Certified USDA Organic coffee, which must meet or exceed rigorous standards established by the USDA to qualify for this title. To name a few disqualifying factors, genetic engineering (GMO) and synthetic fertilizers prevent a crop from being certified. By using organic coffee beans, Sweetwater and Chelsea are supporting sustainable farming, healthy soil, and more.

Organic coffee beans spill from a woven burlap bag.

Member of the Fair Trade Federation and Cooperative Coffees

Any time you are dealing with global supply chains, it is essential to do your research and strive to treat everyone fairly—from the field to the foam on your latte. Sweetwater Coffee is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, which helps ensure that all beans are sourced fairly and ethically.

Sweetwater didn’t stop there, either. They are also a member of Cooperative Coffees, which is a collective of green coffee purchases. This cooperative further fosters the relationship between buyer and farmer by working directly with small farms. It not only improves transparency and fairness but also contributes to continued sustainability in the coffee industry.

Exquisite Roasts, Thoughtful Blends

Sweetwater Organic Coffee may be a small, local roaster, but that doesn’t mean its selection of beans and blends is limited. Quite the contrary, actually—Sweetwater has a diverse collection of blends available for purchase.

Sweetwater Coffee beans tumble through smoky air as they are roasted.

You can buy your favorite Sweetwater Coffee beans through Sweetwater itself or from Chelsea, either online or in-store. You can even pick up a bag of Chelsea’s signature Morning Blend if you want to indulge in our blissful aroma and rich flavor at home. Stop by the shop to get yours, and we’ll grind it to your preferred consistency!

Chelsea Coffee is Committed to Quality

There’s a reason Chelsea Coffee is beloved by the Ocala community. For over a decade, it has been providing people with the best local coffee and then some. It is a place for relationships to grow, businesses to flourish, and people to come together in a welcoming environment. We don’t just use the best beans from Sweetwater Organic Coffee Co.; we treat them with love and respect, and believe that care translates to superior taste.

Whether you’re new to the area or a long-term resident looking for a local coffee house to call your own, Chelsea Coffee is the shop for you. From the organic beans and premium Boar’s Head sandwiches to the smiling faces that welcome you in, quality is at the heart of who we are. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by and experience the difference for yourself. We’ll be sure to greet you with a warm hello and a cup full of delicious, locally roasted coffee!

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