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Expansion For Olympia Coffee Roasting Co

Posted on January 11, 2015 by Oliver Stormshak | 0 Comments

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Founded in 2005, Olympia Coffee’s flagship space on 4th and Cherry originally shared the building with Espresso Parts, who vacated the space when they moved to bigger digs in nearby Lacey, Washington in 2012. It’s this space that Olympia Coffee will begin occupying this spring, growing their operation from 2,000 to 6,000 square feet in the process. Plans call for a completely remodeled cafe featuring an entry and view out onto 4th Avenue, the city of Olympia’s main commercial thoroughfare, as well as a brand new roasting works anchored by a refurbished 23-kilo Gothot roaster from Germany; training, cupping, and QC lab facilities; increased green coffee storage; nitro and conventional cold brew bottling production; and offices for Olympia Coffee’s growing team.

Speaking with Sprudge by phone, Olympia Coffee owner Oliver Stormshak says they plan for the new cafe to be “a show stopper” and mentioned that it will feature an expanded menu, along with plans for select cold brew offerings and nitro cold brew kegs for wholesale partners. The architect behind Olympia Coffee’s expansion is Roussa Cassel, with materials sourced from Windfall Lumber, a leading purveyor for reclaimed lumber in the Pacific Northwest. Construction will be managed by Bicycle Homebuilding Company.

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Coffee Review Scores our Holiday Blend 95 points!

Posted on December 04, 2014 by Oliver Stormshak | 0 Comments

The Highest Scoring Coffee this Holdiay Season is Olympia Coffee Roasting Co Holiday Blend according the Coffee Review the leading coffee scoring review site. This month's feature article Holiday Gift Coffees: Blends and Beyond listed our coffee as not only the highest scoring coffee but also the only blend in the top scores. Read the Review below.

Olympia Coffee Roasting

Holiday Blend

Location: Olympia, Washington

Origin: El Salvador; Kenya.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Review Date: December 2014

Agtron: 59/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Big, round, ringingly sweet, vivacious. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, rose-like flowers, tangelo, saucy cranberry, pear in aroma and cup. Deep, nuanced, lively acidity; velvety mouthfeel. Cacao nib, rose and pear in particular saturate a long, sweet-toned, resonant finish.


This startling blend consists of coffee from the heirloom Bourbon variety grown in El Salvador plus a Kenya composed entirely of the celebrated SL 34 variety, selection of Bourbon that (along with the closely related SL 28), produces the finest Kenya coffees. The El Salvador Bourbon was produced by the Ruiz family on their El Aguila farm from trees claimed to be descended from the first Bourbon stock introduced into the region; the SL 34 was produced on Kenya’s Kabonge Estate. The result is a smoothly exuberant Bourbon extravaganza. Olympia Coffee Roasting is a small-batch wholesale and retail roasting company with a youthful, no-nonsense style and a commitment to high-quality organic coffees. Visit or call 360-753-0066 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: It’s hard to imagine a more table-pleasingly versatile holiday coffee than this smooth, round, yet exhilaratingly complex blend, but aficionados also may find it worth seeking out for its complex expression of the classic Bourbon style.

Posted in 95 points, Coffee Review

Bespoke Processing: Olympia Coffee Roasting Co in Wine Spectator

Posted on November 06, 2014 by Oliver Stormshak | 0 Comments

Wine Spectator Article: Bespoke Processing

    First off, this November's issue of Wine Spectator Magazine features an excellent article about our Direct Trade sourcing program.

    This article shines a bright light on our world exclusive processing and varietal specific lots from at Finca La Pastora in Costa Rica, and Finca El Aguila in El Salvador. Both of these coffees are built from the ground-up for Olympia Coffee's customers. It isn't often that an article written from outside the coffee industry gets so many things right, but we think this one really hit the nail on the head.

    Pick up Wine Spectator's November issue just about anywhere this month, and try La Pastora Kenya Process again soon as it is sure to be gone before December.

Posted in Central America, Costa Rica, Direct Trade, Green Coffee Sourcing, Wine Spectator

Olympia Coffee Wins 1st and 2nd Place in the Barista Competition

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Oliver Stormshak | 0 Comments

Over the years Olympia Coffee has shown a great presence in both our regional Barista and Brewer's Competitions as well as the national-level US Barista Competition. We've had the honor of bringing home 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Place in the NW Brewer's Cup all in the same year,  2nd Place US Brewer's Cup, Finals-Round at the US Barista Competition and even 1st and 2nd Place NW Brewer's Cup earlier this year during the 2014 season. The 2015 Competition Season kicked off this weekend though in Rancho Mirage California and Olympia Coffee showed up in full force.

   We are proud to have our first ever Barista Competition podium positions, and the top TWO at that. Brady Macdonald, our Retail Trainer here in Olympia, brought home 2nd Place and Sam Schroeder, one of Olympia Coffee's owners as well as our Retail Director, came away with the First Place Barista Competition win! These guys both get an automatic position in the US Barista Competition Semi-Finals Round in February.

   Further, Second Place in Brewer's Cup this year went for the second year in a row, to our Downtown Olympia Store Manager, Alex Choppin, and First Place went to our wholesale partners at Morsel Seattle through the knowledge and skills of Akaash Saini. We are so proud to share these wins with these guys!

   If you'd like to try the winning coffees, both Sam and Alex were using our Ethiopia Konga Yirgacheffe Organic, and Brady was using our Honduras COCAFELOL Reserva Organic. We believe it's important to note that all three of our trophies were earned with Certified Organic coffees.

   To watch re-plays of any of these competitions check out the US Coffee Competitions site, and stay tuned to our social media for a chance to try the award winning drinks soon.

Now Hiring Coffee Bar Manager

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Oliver Stormshak | 0 Comments

Coffee Bar Manager

Position Description

The Coffee Bar Manager works as a member of Olympia Coffee’s Retail Team. S/he is supervised by the Retail Director, works in close collaboration with the Retail Trainer and supervises a team of Baristas in operation of the coffee bar. The Coffee Bar Manager is responsible for managing his/her coffee bar’s operational and financial success.  

General Responsibilities

  • Ensuring the store is providing consistently excellent products and service, and that the environment is inviting, clean, and well stocked.
  • Building a well-developed and high performing team that works together collaboratively and upholds the Olympia Coffee Staff Member Expectations.
  • Promoting a positive staff moral and favorable image in the community as a local, hand crafted artisan brand.

Specific Duties

Bar Operation and Budgeting

  • Perform barista tasks during scheduled shifts (15-20 hours per week): prepare drinks, provide an outstanding customer experience, operate point of sale, stock products, and cleans store.
  • Ensure clean, attractive, and inviting cafe environment.
  • Create and execute plans to elevate product quality and customer experience, as well as minimize waste and reduce costs.
  • Participate in financial goals of store including development and implementation of systems for increasing efficiency and profitability of the store.
  • Monitor and manage labor levels to increase efficiency without sacrificing quality or customer experience.
  • Maintain vendor relationships and keep products in stock by ordering products or communicating café inventory needs to Wholesale Department.
  • Maintain relationships with bakeries, including placing orders, introducing new products, tracking and minimizing waste.
  • Maintain scheduled preventative maintenance on all equipment, and ensure that all equipment is in proper working order.
  • Troubleshoot small repairs and work with the retail director toward a resolution on larger repairs.
  • Maintain safety of cafe environment and ensure proper handling and storage of food products.


Team Development and Education

  • Recruit, hire, and supervise a team of baristas for coffee bar operation.
  • Work closely with the Retail Trainer for initial and ongoing training for coffee bar team.
  • Demonstrate leadership in coffee preparation, bar management, and hospitality.
  • Create weekly schedules for coffee bar team, adjust hours and shift as necessary.
  • Facilitate communication between coffee bar team and work any issues towards resolution.
  • Maintain complete knowledge of all coffees and retail products, stay up-to-date on emerging products, promotions, and policies and ensure education of coffee bar team.
  • Develop leadership within team including hiring and supervise lead baristas.
  • Educate and ensure coffee bar team is upholding company procedures and policies, use corrective action as necessary.
  • Promote positive staff moral and relationships with staff members including honoring staff member company anniversaries.
  • Maintain calendar of staff member reviews, including scheduling and facilitation of reviews.

Desired Characteristics

  • Passionate about coffee, great work ethic and desire to be at Olympia Coffee Roasting Co
  • Positive attitude, great communication, and strong leadership skills.
  • Strong knowledge, background, and experience in coffee preparation, bar management and hospitality.
  • Detail-oriented and excellent organization skills
  • Ability to solve problems and prioritize important tasks
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage independently
  • Capable of handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Basic computer skills and technological troubleshooting
  • Ability to manage projects and hold others accountable for job performance


Salaried Position based on a 35 hour work week

10 Days Paid Time Off

Mileage reimbursement for company errands

Coffee benefits package


 To apply please include a cover letter and resume attachment to


Posting closes July 7th 2014

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