For quite some time, we have wanted to know how to best package our freshly roasted coffee. Currently, we’re using multi-ply bags consisting of lots of petroleum derivatives and aluminum foil. Without actually having researched the matter, we have thought it better to have a one-way degassing valve in our […]
It’s a great time to be a barista. I love transitions. I feel the most alive in them. And coffee culture, to my mind, is evolving right now. Even at premium coffee shops in Seattle, you can pay around $2 for a shot of espresso that will peel the enamel […]
Last week we had a pleasant surprise when Sebastian Pinzon and Juan Villegas came by the cafe to check out our Colombia Huila Monserrate. In the picture Sebastian (left) and Juan are enjoying a cup made in the Chemex. We were excited to present them with what we thought is […]
How to Brew a Good Cup of Coffee from Ben Helfen on Vimeo. Thanks to our friend Ken Wagner, who likes the burnt stuff, for passing this along!
What a year 2009 has been! From moving our café to inaugurating our very own roasting operation; from a website re-launch to appearances on many national media outlets including NPR and ABC (and soon, CNN); but mainly from excellent coffee to excellent coffee. We’ve had a good year. Our team […]
We’re looking for a full-time barista, or someone who’d like to become a full-time barista. If you’re very ambitious (and can imagine training for the next Barista World Championship); if you’ve gotten up at 4 am because you were pursuing a project or a life ambition which was so exciting you […]
Our good friend and local Coffee Hero, Michael Smith, writes that he’s taken up home roasting because of the rising prices of Espresso blends from Seattle roasters. Even though Michael doesn’t mention names in his post, he could be referring to us when he writes that “one […]
We get asked about Starbucks all the time. Questions range from “Where is the ‘Original Starbucks?’” to “Can I please have a ‘Caramel Macchiato’?” We can only answer the questions as they are posed and to the best of our knowledge. The other day when I was chatting with Melissa […]
Tuesday, July 14 marked the birthday of our new Coffee Drinking Man. The 14+ foot sign arrived early morning, ready to be hoisted into his new position atop our cafe and roastery.