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Big Love for Little Buddy: Olympia Coffee Signature Coffee Series

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Big Love for Little Buddy: Olympia Coffee Signature Coffee Series

In the spring of 2018, Olympia Coffee threw open the doors to our shiny new cafe in Tacoma, Washington. And, atop the espresso bar in this outpost on Proctor Street, a blend called Little Buddy made its appearance as the cafe’s flagship espresso. Lovingly named after a certain '86 Honda Civic that used to cruise around Tacoma in the 1990s, Little Buddy was tailor-made to evoke the eager, adventurous, and optimistic spirit of the City of Destiny. Four years later, we've refreshed Little Buddy to make it an even better representation of this same spirit. Now featuring a blend of...

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Origin Spotlight: Monarch Coffee, Kona District, Hawai'i

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Origin Spotlight: Monarch Coffee, Kona District, Hawai'i

Mark Twain once famously said: "Kona coffee has a richer flavor than any other, be it grown where it may and call it by what name you please."So maybe Twain's quote isn't that famous— but Kona coffee most certainly is. Stretched out over a 20-mile agricultural belt, the Kona growing region is nearly inextricable from any conversation about the Hawaiian coffee scene. The reputation of its coffee precedes every bag of beans: delicate in profile, yet with a profoundly rich flavor and aroma. Not unlike, say, a fine wine. And, on the slopes of Hualālai, one farm is going to...

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Origin Trip Report: Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico

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Origin Trip Report: Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico

In this post, we hear from Olympia Coffee's very own roaster and green coffee buyer Jake Donaghy, who recently traveled to Mexico to visit several of its coffee farms, meet the farmers, and eat all the mole he could find. Thanks for sharing with us, Jake! The sound of blaring trumpets and banda, the smell of hot coals, the crowing of roosters at hours so early it’s late; handmade tortillas, warm hospitality, and slang so wonderful and impossibly ridiculous it could only be from one place. I was back. I was in Mexico. In the earlier days of the pandemic,...

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Origin Spotlight: Maunawili, Hawai'i

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Origin Spotlight: Maunawili, Hawai'i

It's been an exciting month so far for us at Olympia Coffee! Not only are we launching our brand-new SMS coffee drops, but we're kicking them off with some seriously crave-worthy coffees from an outstanding farm in Hawai'i. This morning, we released a couple of exciting super-micro lots (are nano lots a thing?) from Maunawili, an innovative research farm on the island of Oahu. And– because we believe coffee would be nothing without the people and the passion that produce it— we'd love to give you even more of a taste of the phenomenal work being done in Hawaiian coffee....

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2022 Coffee Transparency Report

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2022 Coffee Transparency Report

Reflecting back upon the year we had in 2021, it's safe to say that we here at Olympia Coffee had our resilience, determination, and commitment tested yet again. Yet we are proud to have pulled through another unpredictable year and stayed true to our core mission: to improve the quality of life of our farmers and staff by providing quality service to our community. We release our Coffee Transparency Report every year in an effort to be as transparent as possible in how we do business within our industry and within our communities. This 2022 report reflects data gathered from...

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