Northwest Legends: Monorail Espresso

“I don’t know what kind of magic they’re using behind the counter, but Monorail has the best espresso I’ve ever had!” – a recent Monorail customer

MonoFirstCart1980The coffee legacy of Seattle can trace a piece of its rich roots to pioneer Chuck Beek for setting up his espresso cart (one of the nation’s first) on December 1, 1980, under Seattle Center’s Monorail.  This iconic enterprise has become synonymous with excellent, award-winning coffee backed by a huge Seattle history, and we love being their coffee roaster. What began as an experiment to see whether there was a market for espresso sold on the street became an avidly celebra1c7439b7213c0b5a1e5e85afa1983c39ted enterprise, and today you will find Monorail Espresso‘s snappy walk-up window tucked into Pike Street in downtown Seattle.  This place is exquisitely popular and the city’s arguably friendliest, most-skilled baristas treat their coffee and customers with an absolute passion for perfection.  A second location opened its doors in the lobby of the Columbia Center in 2015, further showcasing their custom concoctions and coffee-drinking staples that are flat-out as good as coffee gets.

The full circle of coffee craft came together earlier this year for Monorail owMonoMukCostaner Aimee Peck and two of her amazing colleagues, who accompanied Mukilteo’s Beth Smith and Nisa Heggenes on our annual farm visit to Costa Rica. “This was so important for them to see what we are all about!” said Beth. “When our customers get to see and feel first hand the beautiful coffee at the farm, and spend time getting to know how incredibly hard-working and dedicated these farmers are: it’s powerful stuff.”

The Muk-Monorail team spent several days hosted by our friends Luz Marina Trujillo and husband Jim Stewart at each of their farms: picking coffee shortly after sunrise on Jim’s wild and CostaViewwonderful Finca El Gato, then experiencing the elegance and beauty of Santa Elena Estate, the pride of Luz Marina, at the height of her coffee harvesting/processing season.

When in Seattle, stop by our friends at Monorail Espresso and experience first-hand what makes a coffee legend: passion, pride, persistence…and above all: never ever compromising on the quest for always producing the perfect cup.  Enjoy!

(P.S. if you want  to savor our award-winning Monorail signature blend from home, feel free to purchase it here.)

 

 

 

 

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

 

Seattle’s Best Coffee founder: Jim Stewart

Jim-Stewart-picks-coffeeJim Stewart – founder of the iconic company now known as Seattle’s Best Coffee – has been called a titan, a pioneer, a legend, even the Godfather of the Northwest’s coffee boom.

When Jim opened up his first shop, the Wet Whisker, right here on Whidbey Island in 1969, coffee was still the humble morning beverage served up at roadside diners. Few imagined that it would become the ubiquitous specialty drink it is today – but Jim did. He knew early on that select coffees, purchased directly from farmers around the world, could be mindfully roasted to create a taste that moved people.

Fortunately for us, Jim is a good friend of Mukilteo Coffee Roasters, and he has been the catalyst for many of our own partnerships with Central American coffee growers. We spoke with him recently about the coffee farm he runs with his wife in Santa Elena, Costa Rica; the importance of giving back to the communities in which our coffees are grown, and what makes the “perfect cup” of coffee. Read More