Get to Know Your Barista – The Ponch Edition

It is my pleasure to introduce, Eric (Ponch) Estrel. What do you do at Seattle Coffee Works? I am the Big Roaster and a barista. Big Roaster eh? How tall are you? 6’4’’ and a half What size does that make your bike? 62-64cm When did you start working in the coffee business? What sparked… Read more »

Introducing a New Title: Relationship Coffee

As we have engaged more and more heavily in finding Direct Trade farm partners, we wanted to find a way to call out coffees which are ethically sourced but do not clear the bar of “Direct Trade” in our rigorous definition (see Sebastian’s previous blog post for details.) We decided to give those coffees a… Read more »

When we say Direct we mean Direct

Direct Trade Revisited

The last time, we wrote about our sourcing program was in 2010, and it’s time for an update. We have come a long way. Half of our Seattle Space Blend is now directly sourced from one farm in Brazil. With the help of one of our team members, Oscar Garcia, who lives in Antigua, Guatemala,… Read more »

What was it like in Guatemala?

This past February, we were able to send a few of our team members into the lush, vibrant land of Guatemala. This trip is the first of many in which team members are able to meet our direct trade partner farmers and their families while learning more about cultivating coffee. Our experience in this beautiful… Read more »

A cafe is sort of like an apple disguised as a lemon

One more than arbitrary day not long ago I finally got put on the “Quote of the Day” board. For the longest time I’d thought of things to say that might be considered [by the old keepers of the board] worthy of such a profound space shared by the likes of Einstein, Eastwood and Estrel (Eric, that… Read more »

News from the Drinking Man, September 2012

September • 2012 Dear Friends, Greetings from Seattle! If we went just by the numbers, (y)our lil’ coffee company recently doubled in size. We went from one store to two, from ten fine coffee companions to twenty. As some of you know, we opened Ballard Coffee Works earlier this year. While opening our second store has kept… Read more »