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Third and Fifth place finish in the US Coffee Championships

Posted by Oliver Stormshak on

Recently, three of our team had the immense honor of representing Olympia Coffee Roasting and the Pacific Northwest overall at the United States Coffee Championships in Long Beach, California. Co-owner Sam Schroeder, Retail Trainer Brady MacDonald, and Downtown Coffee Bar Manager Alex Choppin qualified for this prestigious event by competing at the regional level in October. There, Alex placed Second in Brewer's Cup, Brady placed Second in Barista Championship, and Sam was crowned Northwest Barista Champion. At the U.S. Coffee Championships Sam, Brady, and Alex all had strong showings in the semi-finals round of each competition. Brady's routine focused on ingredients from the Puget...

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2013 Year in Review

Posted by Sam Schroeder on

  Before January 1st, back in November of 2012 it was announced that we were Roast Magazine’s 2013 Micro Roaster of the Year. Naturally, we celebrated by throwing a huge party at our roastery on the November 15th our 7 anniversary of being in business. Our party was covered by the Weekly Volcano, and featured excellent coffee, organic beer, tamales and live music by Lazer Zeppelin and The Maxines. Capitol Boulevard build out By the time the first of the year rolled around we had just signed a lease on what was to become our Capitol Boulevard Coffee Bar. This...

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Huila Colombia June 2013

Posted by Sam Schroeder on

  This was my first visit to San Sebastian de la Plata in Huila, Colombia, an area that Olympia Coffee has been purchasing coffee from and visiting every year for the last four years.  Seeing it first hand I was struck by the beauty of the landscape, how massive the country is and how small the farms are.  Most of the farms we work with are only two hectares (about 5 acres) in size, with most of the work being done by the family that owns the farm.  We work with a handful of farms using a transparent buying program...

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Cool Weather Coffees

Posted by Oliver Stormshak on

  The season has changed. Cooler weather, rainy dark days. In the garden little is left to harvest if anything.  We understand this cycle as a way of life, a natural pattern to the year. Let us remember too that our coffees are also in a cycle of season. And as of now we are making that turn into coffees that were harvested last summer in the areas of the world below the equator. Savor the last sips of your favorite coffee from Central America because they will be gone soon. Hold your mug up for the first sips of...

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Notes From Colombia 1

Posted by Oliver Stormshak on

  At this moment I’m traveling and working in Colombia. We work with Virmax Coffee Exporters in a town called San Sebastian De La Plata. Most people here in Colombia just call it La Plata. This will be our 3rd season working with coffee producers in La Plata. Last year, I can honestly say that our San Sebastian Reserva and our micro lots from producer Pablo Zuniga made up our best offering through the winter. The coffees from our growers are consistent sweet and simply beautiful. On a very personal level, the coffees from here match what I feel like...

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