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July 2016 Coffee updates from around the world

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Bold Apps | 0 Comments

Coffee Updates from Oliver



  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia is pretty much dormant right now. All our coffee has left the country and is either floating on a boat headed to the USA or waiting to be released. I've just heard that our Banko Natural has landed in the USA and has cleared customs. We will be cupping the arrival sample this week; hopefully we will see another fantastic year from the Banko Cooperative.  Banko Natural is our most anticipated coffee every year. We have also received our Konga Cooperative, I'm holding the release date till later in August or September. I'm very pleased with the quality from Konga this year. Next week we will also be using a really sweet floral lot from the Gidibona Sheicha Cooperative in Big Truck. I'm also super excited to announce that we have made our first ever fully traceable Direct Trade purchase for Decaf. I'll be contracting with Swiss Water Process and toll decaffeinate our Gidibona Sheicha. I expect the Decaf process to take about a month, therefore look for a mid August major upgrade to Decaf Asterisk.
  • Kenya: Our first of 5 Kenyan Micro Lots has landed in the USA and is shipping from the East Coast towards us now. We expect to release our stellar lot from the Tegu Factory July 18th. All the other 4 lots from Kenya will also be landing in the country this month. However we will most likely be rolling these out one, or two at a time.
  • Rwanda: The season is over in Rwanda, and we have made our selections from our producer partners at the Birembo washing station. We paid a visit to Birembo and other stations in June. Quality overall in Rwanda seems a little off this year, more issues with potato defect this season than ever before. Strangely, while overall quality in Rwanda is down, our partners at Birembo continue to improve. We selected one Micro Lot this year to be featured as a single origin and for Sweetheart. This lot is also the highest scoring lot from Rwanda we have ever tasted. At this point, we are in full force to prepare our coffee for export for safe travel to the United States. I'm shooting for a November arrival.
  • Burundi: We were also in Burundi last month, working with our partners at the Long Miles Coffee Project. We have seen quality continue improve this year along with real evidence that farms, and volumes are also improving due to our direct premiums and involvement. As per usual with Long Miles Coffee Project, we cup through dozens of Micro Lot's from the surrounding hills processed at the Bukeye and Heza washing stations. Through these many hills and two washing stations we built our purchase of 4 Micro Lots and a selection to be combined for Sweetheart Espresso.
  • Colombia: Colombia's crop is in full steam at this moment. San Sebastian is seeing a lot of volume this week, producers are feeling really happy about their yields and prices this year. I’ll be making a trip this week to check in with producers in Huila, Tolima, and Narino. It will will be a long trip, but I’m looking forward to seeing many of our long time producer partners.
  • Costa Rica: Our Costa Rican coffees from La Pastora are now on the water shipping towards us. If everything goes perfect we might see fresh Costa Rica's in August.
  • El Salvador: Our selections from El Salvador were pushed back another month, delays at the dry mill. Fingers crossed as we are now told our coffees will ship this month with an Arrival in August. I'm so excited about El Salvador and really hope that all the work I've been putting in there will pay off this year.
  • Guatemala: No news to report on Guatemala this week, still seeing day lot samples trickle in we have still not approved any coffees this year based on quality from Guatemala. Yikes….

                                       Oliver Stormshak - Co Owner, Green Coffee Buyer

Adame Garbota - Ethiopia Spotlight

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Bold Apps | 0 Comments

 This coffee is one that we wait impatiently for, every year. It has a beautiful history so we wanted to shine a little more light on it in this month's letter.

   Ethiopia Adame Garbota is a Fair Trade and Organic Certified coffee from the Yirgacheffe region. As a company we focus on Direct Trade coffees that we build from the ground-up at origin, but our projects in Ethiopia don't usually fit that mold.

This particular lot of coffee is what Ethiopia would consider Grade 1, or a "hand sorted, zero defect" version of what the Adame Garbota Cooperative produces. Like most coffee producers we work with, Adame produces different levels of quality and Grade 1 is the highest quality that can be purchased from the country. Though this coffee doesn't get the Direct Trade stamp like almost all of our other offerings, it's important to remember that it's truly exceptional in the world of coffee.

This is the third year this coffee has been purchased by Olympia Coffee and you may remember that in 2015 Sam Schroeder won 3rd place for Olympia in the US Barista Competition with it, and it won a Good Food Award. It has again won a Good Food Award for 2016 but it was exciting to see we were the only roaster from Washington State to be awarded one for the year. This coffee is truly outstanding.

If you haven't tried it yet order a sample soon, and if you'd like to try it as espresso we are featuring it as our Single Origin Espresso on bar all month at our 3 cafes. 

HQ Expansion in Downtown Olympia

Posted on October 12, 2015 by Oliver Stormshak | 0 Comments

We have very excited news to share with you. Today October 12 2015 we have kicked open doors to their brand new state-of-the-art cafe and headquarters complex. Located on 4th Avenue and Cherry Street, just blocks from the heart of downtown Olympia, this cafe gleams with custom flourishes, bells and whistles, and details to drive a coffee nerd to rapture, merging Pacific Northwest interior design with a mid-century modern aesthetic sensibility.

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The gear list at Oly’s new space includes a La Marzocco Strada EE espresso machine (customized by Espresso Parts), a Poursteady brewer, grinders by Baratza, Mahlkonig, and Nouva Simonelli, plus two roasters: an Ideal Rapid Gothot 23kg and Diedrich IR-12. Guests in the space can glimpse nearly every step of the Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. process, from cupping to sample roasting, production to packaging, plus floor to ceiling green coffee storage.

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The Roussa Cassel designed space was built by Bicycle Homebuilding, featuring custom cabinetry and furniture by Michael Hedges and sustainable wood by Windfall Lumber. Additional design elements were provided by the teams at Garza Marfa and Moonish.

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Opening day for the space is October 12th, 2015, and the shop will offer a public cupping program every Friday at 10am at the space’s purpose-built cupping lab. OCR co-owner Oliver Stormshak has promised “nitro coffee floats” plus affogatos on the menu, made with Oly’s Sweetheart Espresso blend. “I love the views into the operation from the customer seating area and the street,” Stormshak, “so you can cleanly see the Gothot and the Diedrich (soon to be moved) crushing out perfect roasts, sample roasting, and cupping all from your seat. For a coffee geek it’s a thing of beauty.”

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Exciting new coffee destinations are de rigeur in bigger Pacific Northwest cities like Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC, but here in plucky little Olympia, this is about as big as it gets for a new coffee space. Stormshak promises “an elevated cafe-retail experience” on par with what cafe goers might find in L.A. or New York. “We want to help restore pride in Olympia, WA by leading the way and help spur an economic revitalization in our downtown,”.

A noble goal, powered one nitro cold brew float at a time.

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Photos by Chris DiNottia

Posted in Downtown Olympia

Now Hiring Coffee Bar Manager

Posted on March 17, 2015 by Sam Schroeder | 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 March 30, 2015

95 Points! Ethiopia Biloya: Top Coffee In The Everyday Exceptional: Macro-Lots 2015

Posted on March 15, 2015 by Oliver Stormshak | 0 Comments

Our Ethiopia Biloya Organic receives the highest score of 95 points. In the Everyday Exceptional: Macro Lots of 2015.


Olympia Coffee Roasting

Ethiopia Biloya Organic

Location: Olympia, Washington

Origin: Gedeo Zone, Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.75/12 ounces

Review Date: March 2015

Agtron: 55/75

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Delicate but extraordinarily intricate. Passion flower, orange, loquat, sandalwood, frankincense in aroma and cup. Sweetly bright, juicy acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flavor resonates far into a long finish with very little loss of complexity.


This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair Trade certified, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Yirgacheffe coffees like this one processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying) typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity, often with a particular emphasis on floral and citrus notes. The Biloya Cooperative was established in 1976, and in 2002 joined twenty-plus other primary cooperatives located in the Gedeo Zone of Southern Ethiopia to form the Yirgacheffe Farmers Union. 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: Those who enjoy being seduced and dazzled.


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