Queen Anne Roasters
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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 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.

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 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.

Queen Anne Roasters is served at these cafes & restaurants:

Ghost Alley Espresso 1499 Post Alley Seattle WA 98101

Barques Brontes Bakery Cafe 1426 Western Avenue Seattle WA 98101

Pluto Cafe 2502 Fifth Avenue Seattle WA 98121

Alibi Room 85 Pike Street Seattle WA 98101

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 coffee@queenanneroasters.com.