Redstart Roasters was originally formed in 2017 as the intersection of a considerable coffee habit and an affinity for birds. In the short time since, it has grown substantially in operation and scope, and is increasingly poised to make major inroads to its two goals — sourcing and roasting the highest quality coffees and bringing awareness to the importance of sustainable growing practices with regard to bird habitats.
Our coffee mission begins with a great deal of research into hundreds of farms and their offerings to ensure they not only meet reasonable sustainability standards but also produce a quality cup of coffee. From there, we roast dozens of samples of each and every type of bean to dial in an ideal flavor profile before it is added to our rotating offering schedule.
Our conservation mission began simply as only sourcing coffees having earned the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s Bird-Friendly coffee certification. However, it quickly became apparent that this certification, while very much in line with our mission, was not without its flaws. We now also source from growers that pass our own vetting process that accounts for ecological diversity and the often arduous certification process until such a time that the certification evolves to meet their needs.
Based in the East End of Pittsburgh, Redstart Roasters remains dedicated to expanding our local coffee culture and extending the reach of our global impact on conserving this crucial habitats.