Thank you to everyone who has been ordering online! Every morning I wake up to at least one order in my email. Since we have reduced our wholesale program locally that means I get up, have my coffee, check orders, and go down and do small batch roasting especially for your orders. It’s wonderful for me to start the day that way. We truly appreciate your business. Keep those orders coming! - Mercedes
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 micro 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 before or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 not able to keep up with the needs of the busy shop. 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 have renamed it the Luthier Blend. This fall 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 the violin shop. Ghost Alley Espresso in Pike Place Market will continue to sell our whiskey aged beans and will be selling our new Tequila aged beans.
As roasters, we 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.
If you are looking for our Ghost Alley Blend it is here under a new name - Luthier Blend; a blend of South American and African arabica beans + Indian robusta beans with a rich mouth feel, a kick of caffeine and great as espresso or drip.