Where to Find the Best Coffee in Washington State

What do people immediately associate with Washington?  And why is it coffee?  Love them or hate them Starbucks really did help launch coffee.  We've progressed from “The best part of waking up, is Folgers in your cup” to artisanal small batch, fair local roasters producing some of the world's best coffee.  You can find small roasters in literally every region of the state.  One thing is certain, when you visit Washington you can be sure that you'll find the perfect coffee that suits your taste.  Over the years, Washington has become a hotbed for coffee lovers, with a thriving coffee culture that rivals any other state. From cozy neighborhood cafes to bustling city coffeehouses, the local coffee scene in Washington has something to offer everyone. Your local Washington Innsiders innkeeper can help you navigate to the best brews in their local neighborhoods.

History of Coffee Roasting in Washington State

At the heart of Washington's coffee scene lies the local coffee roasting industry. These are the folks who take those humble green coffee beans and turn them into the magical elixir that fuels our mornings (and afternoons... and evenings). What sets the local coffee roasters apart from the big chains? It's their passion for craftsmanship, their commitment to quality, and their ability to bring out the unique flavors of each bean. Let's dive into the world of Washington's local coffee roasters and discover what makes them so special.

The history of coffee roasting in Washington dates back to the early days of the state's settlement. As pioneers and settlers made their way to the Pacific Northwest, they brought with them a love for coffee. Roasting coffee beans became a part of everyday life, and small-scale roasting operations began popping up across the state.

Over the years, several historical milestones and influences have shaped the local coffee roasting industry in Washington. From the influence of Italian immigrants who brought their espresso culture to the state, to the rise of specialty coffee in the 1980s, each era has left its mark on the local roasters. Today, Washington's coffee roasters continue to honor those traditions while also pushing the boundaries of flavor and innovation.

Specialty Coffee Roasting in Washington State: A New Tradition

In recent years, there has been a noticeable shift towards specialty coffee roasting and an explosion of coffee houses in the Washington area. Gone are the days of generic, mass-produced coffee. Consumers are now seeking out unique and high-quality beans, roasted and prepared to perfection. Specialty coffee roasters and barristas’s focus on sourcing premium beans from around the world, each with its own distinct flavors and profiles and then local coffee shops add their special touches . It's all about creating a coffee experience that transcends the mundane.

So, what's driving the popularity of specialty coffee roasters and shops in Washington? For one, consumers are becoming more educated about coffee and are demanding a higher standard. They want to know where their coffee comes from, how it's roasted, and the story behind each bean and cup. Additionally, the emphasis on sustainability and ethical sourcing has become a key factor for many coffee enthusiasts. Specialty coffee roasters in Washington are embracing these trends, ensuring that every cup of coffee is not only delicious but also socially responsible.


Whidbey Island

One of the standout local coffee roasters in Washington is Whidbey Roasters. With their dedication to craftsmanship and commitment to innovation, they consistently produce exceptional coffee. From carefully selecting the finest beans to experimenting with unique roasting techniques, Whidbey Roasters is always pushing the boundaries to deliver a truly exceptional coffee experience.  


Olympia Coffee Roasters, on the other hand, is leading the way in sustainability and ethical sourcing, with their Fair For All policy.   They work directly with coffee farmers around the world, ensuring fair wages and environmentally-friendly practices. With a focus on traceability and transparency, Olympia Coffee Roasters brings ethically sourced beans to the coffee-loving community of Washington.  



Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Company, based in Sequim, is proud to have designed their roasting machines to develop specific flavor profiles to achieve the taste they desire in their coffee. They use slow roasting techniques and small batches with great care to produce the balanced and fresh flavors that many coffee enthusiasts seek in their daily cup.  


Leavenworth Coffee Roasters brings hospitality and local service to the front of their business.  They have been roasting since 1995 under Alpine Coffee Roasting, but rebranded in 2019.  Distribution is throughout the Wenatchee Valley. Coffee beans are small batched roasted to ensure the coffee is fresh.  They offer several blends and decaf options, even a half-caff for those who love your coffee but can’t handle all the caffeine that comes with it.  You can even find a custom coffee mug from Armbrust Pottery, a Leavenworth potter, perfect for holding that morning cup.  


Last but not least, Vita Coffee Roasting in Seattle stands out for their dedication to nurturing community and collaboration. They believe that coffee is meant to be enjoyed together, and they actively foster connections within the local coffee community. From collaborating with other local businesses to hosting workshops and events, Vita Coffee creates a welcoming space for coffee lovers to come together and share their love for the bean. 

So, the next time you getaway to one of our Washington Innsider member inns located across Washington State, be sure to skip the generic chain coffee and seek out one of these local coffee roasters, or ask your innkeeper for their personal recommendation for locally roasted coffee. Embrace the passion, craftsmanship, and community that make Washington's coffee scene truly special. Cheers to good coffee!

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