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Verve Coffee Roasters: These Coffee Roots Still Have Life

When Colby Barr and Ryan O’Donnovan founded Verve Coffee Roasters in 2007, they started by the beach in east Santa Cruz. They later opened a stand-alone roasting facility, and just before Thanksgiving, they debuted...

Verve Coffee Roasters (Downtown): Raising Santa Cruz’s Game

In casual conversation and interviews, pretty much every barista, café owner and specialty coffee roaster claims mutual respect. It’s almost as if these companies aren’t actually competing for caffeinated dollars. Still, with all the...
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The Penny Ice Creamery: Comforting + Seasonal in Santa Cruz

It didn’t take long to learn whether it was worth the wait at The Penny Ice Creamery, an artisan ice cream parlor from chef Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis in downtown Santa Cruz. We...
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Interview: coffee pro Jared Truby (Verve Coffee Roasters)

We first met Verve Coffee Roasters standout Jared Truby in 2009, when he was competing in what was then the Western Regional Barista Competition. This year, he claimed the crown in the expanded Southwest...

Verve Coffee Roasters One and One: Splitting the Shot

Splitting a shot of espresso isn’t exactly on the same level as splitting the atom, but in the specialty coffee world, where change is measured incrementally, by degrees, it’s still pretty exciting. Santa Cruz-based...
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Interview: coffee pro Chris Baca (Verve Coffee Roasters)

Ever since witnessing Chris Baca’s performance at the 2010 Western Regional Barista Competition, where he pulled audience members into his performance, it was clear he doesn’t approach coffee like most people. The Modesto native...