Traditionally grown for generations, about eighty percent of the beans we use come from the older variety plants, some of which grow nearly wild. All are shade grown at high altitudes in mineral rich volcanic soil giving them their vibrantly deep and complex flavors. The plants are allowed to naturally adapt to climate, soils and pests. They are hand picked only when ripe and then properly aged, fermented and dried. These growing practices and proper preparation of the beans ultimately result in high quality, flavor filled coffee.
We source beans through The Vashon Island Coffee Foundation, created by Jim Stewart, fair trade pioneer, to directly assist the families and communities who produce high quality coffee through traditional growing practices. He is dedicated to promoting good stewardship of the land and to offering just-compensation to not only the farm owners, but for the workers as well, helping them to maintain their independence.
We continue in the traditions that were created here over 25 years ago by offering high quality coffee from the land to your cup. All of our beans are fresh roasted on site on The Roasterie’s original vintage Roaster. This is the foundation of our gourmet Heirloom®Coffee. You can taste the difference.
We contribute a portion of our retail sales to organizations and individuals committed to the reclamation and restoration of indigenous cultures and the natural world.
~ Eva ~
Worker picking coffee cherries (left),
Fragrant coffee blossoms (right),