Our Story: sparkling sweet coffees roasted with precision, joy, and the spirit of kaizen.
Broadsheet Coffee Roasters was founded in July 2017 and is located right behind Harvard Yard in Cambridge, MA. We are Cambridge’s first (and only) specialty coffee roastery. Our name comes from the paper that the nearby Harvard Printing Press used to spread meaningful news and cheer almost 400 years ago.
We are committed to showcasing the very best in conscientiously-sourced coffees. We are at the cutting edge of roasting and extraction sciences and are always striving to improve. It is an ongoing process involving persistence, learning, and discipline; all in the hope that we can make world class coffee accessible to our community.
We continue to grow with a great team of people who strive to be students and participants in the coffee industry. Broadsheet Coffee Roasters joyfully pursues beautiful coffee: we hope to share that joy with you wherever you are on your coffee journey.
Broadsheet – noun. ‘A large format newspaper distinguished by the quality and seriousness of its content – as opposed to the more sensational tabloids’
Broadsheet’s owner and head roaster, Aaron, is a graduate of Harvard College (Kirkland House) and formerly a Managing Director in a large investment bank. Along his travels, Aaron fell in love with coffee, certified as a Q-Grader, and decided to move back to his hometown of Cambridge with his family and open a coffee roastery. Aaron is a Good Food Award winning roaster (2019), a finalist in the US Coffee Roasters Championship (2019), placed 5th in the US in the 2017 US Cup Tasters Championship, and won the inaugural 2017 Genuine Origin roasting competition.
Marty, Broadsheet Coffee Roasters’ Head of Wholesale, Tech, & Education, holds a BFA degree in Painting from the Pratt Institute. After a brief stint as a painter and picture framer, he began pursuing a career in specialty coffee in 2005, first as a barista, then later with Counter Culture Coffee. In addition to coffee consulting, and tech support, it was here he formed a passion for education, leading educational coffee events, developing new curriculum, and inspiring students. In the summer of 2018, Marty joined Aaron and the Broadsheet team where you can find him roasting, cupping the latest samples, meeting new Broadsheet wholesale partners, and sharing great coffee experiences with everyone.
Lena has degrees in food science and culinary arts and spent 7 years developing products for the larger food industry. After years of curiosity about coffee, she joined the Broadsheet Coffee Roasters team as a barista and line cook to learn more about specialty coffee. Lena transitioned to the wholesale team in 2017, and she is excited for the opportunity to grow Broadsheet’s coffee business in Boston and beyond.
Chris grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Communications. After spending eight years in the medical device industry, he attended culinary school at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Chris was classically trained in French cuisine and graduated with honors; he started with Broadsheet Coffee Roasters while he was finishing his program. Chris loves working with classic New England flavors and local ingredients, and he loves the sense of community and the extended kitchen family he has found at Broadsheet.
Before joining Broadsheet Coffee Roasters, Jenise worked with the at-risk youth population in the Greater Boston area. Food has always been a part of Jenise’s life; her mother owned a bagel store growing up, and after having her own kids, Jenise decided to go back to the kitchen. She has been with Broadsheet since its beginning. Jenise loves the collaborative energy between food and specialty coffee, and she is proud of how connected Broadsheet has become with the Cambridge neighborhood.
Will has a degree in environmental science and takes a technical approach to specialty foods. After starting as a hobby, specialty coffee has been able to become Will’s main focus at Broadsheet Coffee Roasters. Each day, Will can be seen performing a variety of tasks, such as working on the bar, managing the front of house, and learning the details of roasting and technical maintenance.
A recent New England transplant from Southwest Georgia, Lane spent a decade working in live theatre before moving into specialty coffee. She worked with a roastery and coffee co-op in Americus, Georgia before moving to Boston. Lane spent a few years with other cafes in the area, but wanted to be more directly connected to other aspects of the coffee industry, which is how she found Broadsheet Coffee Roasters. Lane is now a floor manager and excited to be working with a roasting and wholesale team again.