On March 8th we had the opportunity to visit Downeast Coffee Roasters in Pawtucket, the source of Shiru Cafe’s unique coffee blend. The Director of Business Development and Training, Matt, was kind enough to give us a tour of the roastery and teach us the basics of coffee production and tasting. The space was full of fascinating levers and pulleys, and we learned a lot about all the complex processes that go into making a quality cup of coffee, from the cleaning process to the roasting process to the process of combining different ratios of beans together to create unique blends.
As we tasted different blends of coffee, Matt taught us about the different flavor profiles that we encountered and gently encouraged us to step outside of our comfort zones when it came to the different elements of the tasting experience. Though we barely scratched the surface of what it means to be in the coffee industry, we all gained a new appreciation for the importance of Shiru’s unique signature blend in the cafe’s success.
More than anything, a quality cup of coffee is an equalizer--it can transform a high-stress networking opportunity into the chance to form a genuine connection with a professional in any industry. That’s what Shiru aims to do: provide a casual, calm atmosphere and drinks to driver deeper relationships between employers and students. After all, everyone is more than just numbers on a page.