Thanks for joining me again today for day two of a
You can check out my first visit here. I am hoping you will find inspiration to start looking for hidden gems in your area.
Today’s local shop is Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. This is a small company that prides itself on having quality beans and quality of life for the farmers they partner with worldwide. They started out as a wholesale coffee roaster, now they are online and have five brick and mortar stores that you can buy their beans and a delicious cup of coffee. They do have mocha or lattes if you prefer one of those. I wanted to taste the flavors of the beans on this trip so I had a nitro cold brew.
This bright, charming shop is a place you come when you are looking for some quiet time with a good friend or a book and to enjoy the delicious flavors you get from coffee. Words I don’t use often are edgy and vibe but this is one of those kinds of places. I felt like I was in downtown Seattle but I didn’t have to fight the traffic or all the people.
One of the things I like about these smaller shops is the lack of pretention and a smaller menu, you will not be overwhelmed with choices at least until you try to make a choice on which beans to take home with you! I recommend the sampler bean package until you know which coffee flavor you prefer.
In the store I visited, off Proctor Street in Tacoma, they have this beautiful and mesmerizing automated pour over machine.
It only made two coffees while I was there and I wanted to stay and watch many more. This machine alone would have me coming back to the shop even if the Nitro coffee wasn’t one of the most unique coffees I’ve ever tasted. The nitro was light with no burnt or bitter aftertaste that you wouldn’t expect from a cold brew but I have found that is not always the case. It had a slight citrus flavor not overpowering but it did give it a very slightly sweet taste, which was enjoyable.
Olympia Coffee has tips on their website for brewing great tasting coffee at home you can check them out here. Please let me know what you think of pour over coffees if you have tried them before. How do they compare to french press coffee? I just got my first french press and am looking forward to playing around with it.