Copper Horse Coffee, a new roaster that opened in Ithaca last fall, won “America’s best espresso” award during Coffee Fest in Atlanta, Georgia, last Sunday.
Owner Jesse Harriott has been roasting for almost a decade, beginning in his graduate school days in Louisville, Kentucky. Here, he worked as a barista for Sunergos Coffee and credits his time as an apprentice in preparation for starting his own business.
Harriott decided to return to Ithaca to launch a coffee roaster in his hometown. Located off Route 79, Copper Horse Coffee opened in September 2014.
“We wanted to start out as lean as possible,” says Harriott. “And we want to stay lean and flexible and fill in niche areas.”