This charming 100+ year old building, is made from old growth island fir, is situated where the town of Vashon originated and is now called “Center”, preceding both the newer Vashon town to the North of us and Burton to the South.
Inside there are plenty of coffee antiques that make up the coffee museum as well as good music, local art, friendly island residents and the scent of fresh coffee being roasted and prepared.
When you step through the doors of this famous historic Coffee Roasterie you become a part of the ongoing history of this place that was a large part of the development of the Northern European style and artisan roasting phenomenon in the Seattle area.
Both The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie and the Minglement (an organic health food store est. 1979) now call the Roasterie's building home. It is also home to Specialty Coffee and Fair Trade pioneer, Jim Stewart’s original coffee company, The Wet Whisker, which eventually became Seattle’s Best Coffee.
We are grateful for Jim’s mentorship and encouragement, and for the opportunity he gave us to continue in the on going history of this place.
We continue the traditions that Jim Stewart, with the help of Peter Larsen, Jim’s master roaster and others created over 30 years ago. Peter now roasts for us and trains two apprentice roasters, preserving the art of hand roasting using the Roasterie’s original vintage roaster to create legendary coffee of exquisite flavor that you can feel good about buying.
~ Eva ~
TRADITIONALLY GROWN COFFEE -- DIRECT TRADE COFFEE -- SHADE GROWN COFFEE