Spearhead delivers top of the line coffee to Paso Robles
Spearhead Coffee, located at 619 12th Street in Paso Robles, is the creation of the three innovative minds of Matt Klomp, Jeremy Sizemore, and Joseph Gerardis who are dedicated to bringing the Central Coast specialty coffee.
Spearhead Coffee opened its doors officially in January.
Excited about scoring a spot in trendy downtown Paso Robles, the spearhead team states that “we want to help our local and global community.”
Sizemore, a graduate from Templeton High School, spent 15 years as a world-traveler. Now he is trying to buy coffee directly from growers in Haiti, El Salvador, and Thailand.
“I’ve spent time in Thailand working on importing the Thai coffee, we buy from the farmer of El Salvador, and we work directly with the importer from Haiti,” Sizemore said . He also claims that the Specialty Coffee they buy is the top 10-20 percent of coffee in the world, in order to make sure that they serve nothing but the best.
Spearhead also wants to buy coffee through direct-trade straight from the growers that they knows personally, “it is our goal in the future to work more closely with the farmers of the coffee beans we roast and serve,” Sizemore said.
They believe in direct-trade in order to help eliminate the ongoing struggle with the coffee slave trade industry.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor “coffee is produced with forced labor in Côte D’Ivoire and with child labor in Colombia, CDI, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, El Salvador, Kenya, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda.”
Spearhead Coffee owners believe in a movement named Specialty Coffee. This campaign strives for coffee to become an artisanal food, like wine, instead of just a commodity. In order to stick to their beliefs, Spearhead only roasts in house and the coffee’s always fresh.
Precision is also very important to them, claiming, on their website spearheadcoffee.com, that “From the way we source and pick our green beans, to the method used to roast our coffee, to the preparation of each drink, precision is the key.”
The design of the building clearly reflects the artisanal feel the owners are striving for. In order to be sustainable and energy efficient, mostly everything is reclaimed wood, electrical outlets are not littered through the cafe and there are no TVs.
“People come to Spearhead Coffee as their office away from their office, for dates, to meet friends, or to spend a little time alone,” Sizemore said.
Their mission: to “provide our coffee in a clean and creative atmosphere, with friendly and knowledgeable staff, and in a reasonably timely manner.” And, according to their 4.5 rating on Yelp.com, it looks like they are doing just that.