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Coffee: Local Shops, Home Brews + Coffee History

J. René Martinez of J. René Coffee Roasters in West Hartford.
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J. René Martinez of J. René Coffee Roasters in West Hartford.

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do in the morning is make a cup of coffee. Whether you consider it a luxury or a necessity—or both!—we’re taking a deep dive on coffee this week. We’ll explore everyone’s favorite morning ritual with the help of a few coffee nerds, including René Martinez of J. René Coffee Roasters, Kaitlyn O’Keefe of Redding Roasters, plus coffee historian Stewart Lee Allen, and author Jessica Easto. Jessica wrote a manual on how to brew coffee at home. We’re also sharing your shout-outs for the best coffee and coffee roasters in the state.

Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and email at seasoned@ctpublic.org

Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.


J. René Martinez – owner of J. René Coffee Roasters in West Hartford

Kaitlyn O’Keefe – owner of Redding Roasters in Bethel

Stewart Lee Allen – author of The Devil’s Cup

Jessica Easto – author of Craft Coffee, A Manual: Brewing a Better Cup at Home

Robyn is the host and senior producer of Seasoned.
Host of Seasoned and Restaurant Road Trip.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned from 2020 to 2022.