Saturday, December 18, 2010

P-G: What's Brewing: Aldo Coffee takes ambitious steps in roasting coffee

Six years ago, when Rich and Melanie Westerfield opened Aldo Coffee on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh's progressive coffee scene was in its infancy. Pittsburgh had some good coffee, but there was no real drive to discuss or improve quality.

"No one else was talking about coffee," said Mr. Westerfield. He built the cafe website on a blog format (because they "couldn't afford a website") and, surprisingly, a conversation began about everything from whether Mt. Lebanon would ever accept a stand-up espresso bar (it wouldn't) to what it meant for a coffee to be ethically sourced.

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