It’s finally coffee weather, time to gear up with some good beans! So put down that Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (no disrespect, I had one yesterday), here are our favorites from the state known for making coffee cool -> Washington.
1. Conduit Coffee
Conduit Coffee is one of the very first roasters that we shipped on our tasting flight when we first launched. We were ecstatic then and we still get super excited when we get a chance to feature them now! Jesse Nelson is one talented roaster and we love working with him and getting to try his coffees. One of our favorites, the Kenya Kirinyaga, has that juiciness Kenyans have with flavors of marshmallow, Nutella, and graham cracker. That’s Nutella s’mores in a cup!
2. Bluebeard Coffee Roasters
The team at Bluebeard spends their days roasting the most interesting coffees they can get their hands on. They recently released new awesome packaging and have a wonderful cozy space in Tacoma, WA. We love the Misty Valley Natural Ethiopia is delicious. Juicy and sweet with fruits like melon and berries with hints of dark chocolate.
3. Spotted Cow Coffee Company
We are totally infatuated with Spotted Cow and they were one of the first roasters we featured early on. Maxwell Mooney is one cool dude and an incredible roaster. Go ahead and drop by their cafe in Millcreek, WA not only for coffee but tasty ice-cream as well (Maybe an Affogato? Yum!). The San Jose Pedregal Colombia is what great Colombian coffee tastes like. This cup changes from citrus and apricots to donut, figs, and spices when it cools. A nice Autumn coffee to enjoy while watching the leaves change colors.
4. Indaba Coffee Roasters
Indaba Coffee in Spokane, WA believes in the simplicity and beauty of coffee and that greatness shines through when those two things come together. They are dedicated to their craft and it’s evident in each cup. We’ve featured them a couple of times in the tasting flight but this season get their Nicaragua Finca El Retiro. Nice and chocolate-ey with hints of caramel and toffee. Who needs a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato now?!
5. Roast House Coffee
A small and passionate craft coffee company in Spokane, WA, Roast House Coffee is Good Food Award winner and dedicated to giving the best coffees that are organic and Fair Trade as well as 100% shade grown. They are featured this week in Angels’ Cup and the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe is fantastic and one of our favorites. When it’s hot you get a burst of peaches, as it gets cooler strawberries come out with sweetness from honey.
6. Victrola Coffee
Victrola Coffee Roasters has been around for 15 years and counting. They are fun, quirky, and engaged with the community. Grab a seat in their cozy cafe and enjoy a cup of the Ethiopia Oromia Harrar. Brown sugar, hazelnut, and chocolate covered blueberries will have a party in your mouth.
7. Lighthouse Roasters
This beloved roaster has a dedicated following in the community. Their beans are exquisite and there is a pleasant and genuine comfort about them that’s hard to find. Try their Sumatra Mandheling this fall. It’s nutty, spicy, and with a hint of sweetness.
8. Kuma Coffee
Kuma Coffee is a 2015 Good Food Award winner. They started small, turning a hobby into a business and are one of the best in the country and definitely worth checking out. The Guatemala Chuito is a juicy and satisfying. Big chocolate notes on this cup.
9. Zoka Coffee Roaster
Zoka Coffee was born right in the heart of Seattle. They have created a close community around their coffees and it gets bigger everyday. They have a very limited Panama La Esmeralda Geisha you gotta get your hands on. Super complex with notes of blueberry, apples, and chocolate dipped strawberries.
10. Herkimer Coffee
Herkimer Coffee Roasters believe in educating people about the coffees they are drinking therefore spreading the word about what great coffee really is. the Guatemala El Pollo is an exciting cup with pineapple and cranberries mixed in with the sweetness of cane sugar and some cocoa.
Angels’ Cup is an online coffee tasting club where subscribers get to blindly sample up to 208 different coffees per year, from over 100 top 3rd wave roasters. Small samples sizes mean you get to sample more coffees for less money. Tasting flights start at only $8.99!