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Interview: Verve Coffee Roasters co-founder Colby Barr

Colby Barr co-founded Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz with Ryan O’Donovan in 2007. Since then, the partners have emphasized impeccable sourcing at the Farmlevel and high engagement at the Streetlevel. This holistic approach...
Agua Fresca Los Angeles

Verve Coffee Cascara Jamaica (Drink of the Week)

The trinity of aguas frescas, Mexican “fresh waters,” typically involves horchata, tamarindo and jamaica. At Verve Coffee in the downtown L.A. Fashion District, business partners Colby Barr and Ryan O’Donovan have carved out a...
Monkey Bread Los Angeles

Short Cake Bacon Mustard Monkey Bread (Dose of Vitamin P) [CLOSED]

It’s only been a few months, but downtown denizens already understand that the shared Fashion District space from Verve Coffee Roasters and Juice Served Here delivers a waterfall of delicious beverages. This fun fact...

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...
Coffee Santa Cruz

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...