The Conscious Bean: At the farmer’s market

Sommo Coffees at the Oakton Farmer's MarketI met good coffee at the farmer’s market last week. “Good” as defined by small-batch roasted organic artisanal goodness that’s good for the palate and the soul. One taste and I was hooked. This was a blend of the highest order.

I soon found out why. Kathy Huff, the Queen Bean of Sommo Coffee had personally roasted the blend, which was created by Sherri John’s, a longtime international barista competition judge and author, and one of my favorite people in the coffee world.

Huddled against the bitter cold wind sweeping across the school parking lot, Kathy dispensed heavenly samples of her Breakfast Blend with a warm smile. When you talk to her, you sense that coffee is no longer just a bunch of beans but an adventure of discovery. If you’d like to join in this adventure as well, her new website is in construction at

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