Some Of Our Friends Are Furry…

ZooOrangutan Blog EmbedFramed We are delighted to donate our empty burlap coffee bags to Seattle’s treasured Woodland Park Zoo  for the cozy benefit of their orangutans and gorillas!  For the past 15 years, we’ve brought these bags by the hundreds to the Zoo, and as you can see: these magnificent mammals love them as warm comforters and use them every day.  Check out the two orangutans pictured above, waking up from a nap with a Santa Elena estate coffee blanket…

Fun facts:

  • In the Malay and Indonesian language, orang means “people” and hutan “forest,” thus orangutan literally means “people of the forest.”
  • Gorillas build a nest every night out of plant material to sleep in, and a day nest for their midday rest

 

Visiting Santa Elena

GlisteningCherriesInHandMukilteo Coffee Roasters has been purchasing coffees directly from the growers at Santa Elena Coffee Farm in Costa Rica since 2010. Buying directly from the farmers allows us to have more input into the taste and quality of the coffee. While this may seem obvious, it’s not standard in an industry where brokers normally serve as middle men between international growers and sellers here in the U.S.

“It works out really well,” says our Founder, Gary Smith. “We can see where our coffee is being grown, we can see their practices and make sure there aren’t chemicals or pesticides being used, and we’re able to work closely with the growers to produce an incredible product.”

But the quality of the coffee isn’t the only benefit of buying farm-direct. Read More