BRANFORD, CT (WFSB) - A coffee shop in Branford roasts some of the best brews in the country, according to Forbes.
The Forbes 2018 Holiday Gift Guide listed Willoughby's Coffee & Tea as one of the 12 best coffee roasters in the U.S.
Willoughby's told Channel 3 that it was also the first specialty coffee roaster in Connecticut, as well as the general area.
It's been roasting coffee for more than 30 years and puts out just as many varieties.
Barry Levine, owner and one of Willoughby's founders, said a Forbes author reached out to him, and asked for a photo of one of their coffee bags. At the time, he didn't think much of it.
“I never asked her why, I just assumed it was a routine piece and then I said on Sunday night, we found out about this, a fantastic surprise, a nice holiday gift," Levine told Channel 3.
Since their start up in 1985, the business grew from a small Connecticut company with a few shops along the shoreline to one that's now shipping specialty coffee from a Branford plant to all over the globe.
Though grounded with the success, Levine said the company is always looking to improve.
However, he said one thing remains: Always trying to have the highest quality and freshest coffee.
“It's great, it's very, very gratifying," he said. "We’ve been working very hard at this business. Our staff is terrific, our roasting crew, our retail crew.”
Though Levine admitted it is always nice to get some recognition.
“We have direct relationships with a lot growers and we’re very fastidious about the coffee we choose to roast," Levine said. “We roast coffee here everyday. We try to have everything as fresh as possible. We’re a little fanatical about it.”
It's a quality that appears to have paid off with a nice honor.
"We’ll see," Levine said. "I hope this opens another chapter for us.”
Check out the entire list from Forbes here.
For more on Willoughby's Coffee & Tea, check out its website here.