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Blog — Green Coffee Sourcing

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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Olympia Coffee Wins 2013 Roaster of the Year Award!

Posted by Sam Schroeder on

  Olympia Coffee Roasting Company took top honors in Roast Magazine's 2013 Micro Roaster of the Year Contest.  From Roast magazine:         "Roast magazine’s Roaster of the Year award recognizes companies that roast coffees of superior quality, exemplify a dedication to sustainable practices and employee education, and demonstrate a commitment to the coffee industry, among other criteria." Read the full article. (Download|PDF) We are incredibly honored to receive this award.  It is a testament to all of the work we do sourcing coffee direct, roasting it with care, and creating perfect drinks in our cafes.  We are intensely grateful...

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Coffee Lab

Posted by Sam Schroeder on

  Over the past several weeks we have been hard at work building a state-of-the-art espresso training lab and cupping room attached to our roastery.  In designing the Coffee Lab we wanted it to be bright and welcoming with the overall feel and bar flow to match our cafes.  Building it was a lesson in DIY wood working with an eye towards green building.  In construction we decided to use reclaimed materials whenever possible.  My father Dale Schroeder built the cabinets using reclaimed Doug Fir Flooring, the counter tops were sourced locally through Windfall Lumber, and the cupping table is...

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El Salvador Video

Posted by Oliver Stormshak on

Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. - El Salvador, La Gloria from Voortex Productions on Vimeo. We are excited to share our new video from El Salvador. This video features producer Luis Rodriguez at his family farms in Apaneca and Ataco El Salvador. Our first offering from the Rodriguez family La Gloria can be purchased by following this link http://www.olympiacoffee.com/collections/coffees/products/el-salvador-la-gloria

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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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