“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
The 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 celebrated 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 owner 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 wonderful 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.)
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…
Deep in the forest on Whidbey Island, coffee is a way of life. Here, exceptional people work tirelessly toward one goal: crafting the perfect cup of coffee. Learn more about Mukilteo Coffee’s history, its people, and its passion for great coffee!
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
A well-made cup of coffee can bring more than just a moment of refreshment, it can build a life. Beth Smith is a proud mother of two active and healthy boys and also the co-Founder (with husband Gary) of Mukilteo Coffee Roasters. Beth spoke at WOW!Stories 2014 (Women of Whidbey), a production of Seriously Fun Productions, at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. This video was filmed and edited by WhidbeyTV.
Mukilteo 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