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2017 Transparency Report

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Olympia Coffee Transparency Report 2017 Introduction In 2017, we continued our mission to improve the quality of life for farmers in each of the origins in which we work. Every coffee we purchased in 2017 met or exceeded our Direct Trade criteria. We also began the process of documenting and following our updated sourcing protocol: Fair for All. We purchased just over 1,100 bags of coffee at an average price of $4.05 per lb. 2017 Highlights We sourced coffees from nine countries: United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Burundi.  In addition to our ongoing,...

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Fair for All

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At Olympia Coffee we believe that we can improve our world through coffee. We believe that everyone in the story of our coffees—from farm laborers to cafe customers and all those in between—should find satisfaction by being a part of what we do. We view ourselves as a Quality of Life company. High-quality coffee is our passion, but seeking a higher quality of life for our farmers, staff, and customers is our mission.    We've witnessed that the coffee trade at origin has the most room for improvement in this story. Both historically and currently, the global coffee trade has...

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Barista Magazine Reports on Olympia Coffee's Evolution of Manual Brewing

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Olympia Coffee Roasting Company co-founder Sam Schroeder and director of sales Honor Forte discuss the evolution of manual brewing and Olympia Coffee’s decision to move toward automation. BY CHRIS RYANBARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Photos by Honor Forte The latest issue of Barista Magazine includes the article “The New Slow Bar,” which discusses the evolution of manual brewing in specialty coffeehouses. Manual brewing’s resurgence in the late 2000s led to widespread adoption of many methods—from pourover to AeroPress to Clever—followed by a more nuanced relationship that many shops formed with manual brewing. Due to the potentially lengthy brewing process and erratic results of...

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July Global Coffee Update

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Each month our green-coffee buyer Oliver writes a brief description of what's going on in each of the countries we partner with on our Direct Trade coffees. Starting this month we wanted to share this info publicly here on the blog and on our Instagram. Read on to see what's happening with your favorite coffees worldwide:   July in Colombia Our farming partners in Colombia have struggled with an extreme rainy season since March of this year. This has delayed the maturation of coffee cherries, increasing drying times and risk to farmers. During this abnormally wet period, coffee growers face...

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Coming Soon to Proctor District in Tacoma

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If it feels like we *just* announced a new cafe opening for our partners at Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, well, that’s because we did. On May 5th of 2017 Sprudge brought you news of the brand’s expansion to West Seattle, and today, just 5 weeks later, Olympia Coffee are announcing the opening a forthcoming 1400 square foot coffee bar in the heart of Tacoma’s historic Proctor District. The new cafe will be locate at 2601 N Proctor Street, and is happening in partnership with the team at Lapis Tacoma, whose projects include the much-loved Compass Rose artisan gift shop and Captain...

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