– Queen Anne Roasters –
Husband & wife team, Rafael & Mercedes Carrabba roast coffee behind his violin shop in Seattle. Mercedes owns a coffee 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 Carrabba 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. Mercedes opened her own coffee shop in Pike Place Market in 2012. In order to stay competitive and successfully employ five people at her shop she decided to roast her own coffee. Queen Anne Roasters (originally Counterbalance Roasters) was born in April 2017 after a year of planning for it with her husband.
Rafael Carrabba 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 dark roasts, roasted just into the second crack and seek out unusual origins like Malawi, Tanzania and Sulawesi.
In 2018 they hope to place their coffee in local shops, cafes & restaurants. If you are interested in carrying their coffee please contact Mercedes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. You can buy their coffee by the bag at Ghost Alley Espresso in Pike Place Market.