Husband & wife team, Rafael & Mercedes Carrabba roast coffee behind a violin shop in Seattle. Mercedes is the original creator of an espresso shop in Pike Place Market, Ghost Alley Espresso. Rafael has a world renowned reputation for restoring and selling fine stringed instruments. They have combined their talents to create fresh small batch roasted coffee.
Mercedes first started working in coffee in high school on Bainbridge Island in the late 1980s. She worked as a barista through college. She is a child of the Pike Place Market, having grown up around the vendors, crafts community and food entrepreneurs.
Rafael is a professional luthier and varnish maker. Many of the skills he has learned in his career lend themselves well to roasting coffee. For example; understanding color and moisture after years of working with wood has given him a unique understanding of how to roast and blend.
Together Rafael and Mercedes find unique coffees from around the world. They travel to farms to develop personal relationships with the farmers they buy from. They prefer medium - dark roasts, roasted just into the second crack.
If you would like to visit our roaster behind the violin shop, you are welcome to come by with an appointment. You may also purchase fresh roasted coffee at the violin shop.
Please contact Mercedes directly to arrange for a tour at email@example.com.
Sine 2017 Queen Anne Roasters has been developing unique coffees. We have been offering our signature espresso roast for Ghost Alley Espresso in Pike Place Market. Mercedes, the original founder of Ghost Alley Espresso sold her shop in November 2018. Under new ownership, the shop has continued to flourish. To the point that our small five pound roaster is unable to keep up with the needs of a busy shop. Our roaster is not in a position to expand so we can not keep up with Ghost Alley’s coffee needs.
Ghost Alley Espresso will be working with the original roaster the shop was attached to, Middle Fork Roasters. We will continue roasting but will focus on our retail and online presence. If you love the Ghost Alley Blend it is not going away, we are rebranding it as the Luthier Blend. In October we are taking over part of the violin shop where we roast for a pop-up. We will continue to sell our signature blend but will identify it with where we roast - behind a violin shop. Ghost Alley Espresso in Pike Place Market will continue to sell our whiskey aged beans and will be selling our newTequila aged beans.
As roasters, we will continue to roast our single origins and blends. We are also working on new spirit aged beans and sugar washed roasts. We expect our offerings to be very interesting and rare. Starting in September, if you are looking for our Ghost Alley Blend it will be here under a new name - Luthier Blend; a blend of Central American, African and Indian Robusta beans with rich mouth feel, a kick of caffeine and great as espresso or drip.