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– Queen Anne Roasters –

The Holidays are upon us and we are busy roasting almost every day to ship our online orders. This year we have seen a huge growth in our online sales. Thank you so much for finding us. If you are looking for a unique coffee to give a as a gift we have a few suggestions:

Tanzania Peaberry - This is Mercedes favorite coffee. She prefers earthy coffees with notes of soy and caramel. This peaberry, roasted just into a medium, is excellent as a pour over or a single origin espresso. She drinks her coffee either black or with a splash of non dairy milk.

Papua New Guinea - Rafael loves this coffee. It is sweet and creamy with a lot of milk chocolate notes. Rafael takes his coffee with a non dairy milk and sugar.

Ghost Alley Blend - Served at Ghost Alley Espresso, this blend is a rotating blend of African and Central American beans mixed with a small bit of Indian Robusta. It is a darker coffee with brightness and a full mouth feel while maintaining notes of maple and caramel. Best as espresso but also an incredible drip and served at the Alibi Room as their drip coffee.

Orders are shipped USPS priority mail 2-3 days. We may need a day or two to roast the coffee but are planning ahead this next week to have coffee ready to ship in time for the holidays. Please get your holiday orders in before December 20, 2018. There is a discount on orders over $70, applied at the end of your purchase. One mid size USPS priority box fits 5-6 bags. When ordering more than 6 bags we split your order into two boxes. We will update your order with tracking information as it goes out. Please contact us directly for gift wrapping or orders bigger than 12 bags by calling Mercedes at 206-805-0195 or email coffee@queenanneroasters.com. Thank you for supporting our small business and our family! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Husband & wife team, Rafael & Mercedes Carrabba roast coffee behind his 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. Their fresh roasted coffee is sold by the bag at Ghost Alley Espresso.

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 many 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. His son, Alex, also roasts coffee. He is a graduate of University of Puget Sound with a background in business and marketing. He is also helping with business development and the marketing of the coffee. 

Together Rafael and Mercedes seek out 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 and seek out unique origins like Tanzania and Sulawesi.

  Ghost Alley Espresso

Ghost Alley Espresso

They hope to place their coffee in local shops, cafes & restaurants. If you are interested in carrying their coffee please contact Mercedes at coffee@queenanneroasters.com. In 2019 they will be expanding the roaster on Queen Anne. By working with restaurants, their goal is to bring their coffee on to menus and into the hands of local chefs for desert menus, meat rubs and sauces.

Holiday Blend - A rich and creamy blend of Mexican and Costa Rican beans. Only available through early January - a delicious cup of coffee. Roasted for a thermos and the long trips to family and friends.

August 2018 - Our whiskey barrel aged coffee is a huge hit. We purchased a large whiskey barrel from Woodinville Whiskey earlier this year. We have been aging Sulawesi, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala and Peruvian beans in the barrel.

June 2018 - We just got our first order from Two Birds Coffee, a direct trade grower from Guatemala. The bean we chose undergoes a yeast fermentation stage that brings out the sweetness in the coffee bean. It is exceptional to work with, full of aroma and color and the resulting cup is rich, buttery and has very little acid. We are so excited about this coffee and can't wait to try it as a single origin espresso. We are expecting it to have muted notes, subtle highs and lows  - and produce a lot of crema. We met Two Birds at SCA Expo 2018. When we saw their green beans and smelled them we knew that it was a coffee we wanted to work with.