Best Local Roast: Thread's Fondo Paez

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Look, we love the fact that Thread deals directly with coffee growers to support ethically and sustainable business practices, but the simple fact is that its Colombian Fondo Paez roast is a coffee drinker’s roast: With its strong nose but smooth flavor, it’s not simply a day’s perfect first cup but a brew that dependably refreshes four, six, and 10 cups into the workday. And for those of us who count our daily intake by the pot rather than the cup, it’s a life preserver we would sadly buy even it was picked by starving children being paid pennies a day by a dodgy company owned by the Koch brothers. So we are very, very relieved that it’s not.

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