Enjoying your first-morning sip or kick-starting your afternoon with a delicious cup, coffee is the go-to beverage in the Pacific Northwest. Snohomish County is home to several local roasteries offering coffee drinkers the perfect blend of freshly roasted coffee. Area roasteries ship beans from all corners of the globe and expertly process them before finding their way to your morning brew. Find your favorite and support the art and science of coffee roasting in Snohomish County.
Creating the Perfect Roast
The journey of the coffee bean starts long before the first sip of your favorite blend. Coffee roasters collect green coffee beans from around the world, selected for various flavor profiles. Regional beans have distinctly different tastes determined by soil conditions, altitude, and climate. After sourcing the green beans, roasters start the drying process.
Heated to a point where they transform and crack due to expansion and internal pressure, beans continue to roast until the desired light, medium, or dark roasting point is met. Lastly, beans are cooled quickly to stop the roasting process at the perfect time to attain the desired roast and stop the beans from over-roasting.
After grinding and brewing, roasters will often do a coffee cupping in order to taste and hone samples of different varietals. Experts in using the art of their trade and the science of high-tech machinery, skilled coffee roasters transform a green bean into your morning brew or afternoon pick-me-up.
Where to Find Your Favorite Blend in Snohomish County
Cracken Coffee Roasters
520 128th Street SW, Everett
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cracken Coffee Roasters, located in south Everett, offers customers the unique experience of enjoying their cup of coffee fresh off the roasting process. Boasting a bright, airy storefront, customers can enjoy brews from all over the world. The tap is constantly changing, rotating between the chocolatey, nutty flavors of the Guatemalan blend to the earthy, woody notes of Indonesian coffee and everything in between.
Coffee beans sourced from all over the world are roasted, bagged and sold storefront by owner Doug Lee and his staff. Working as a coffee roaster for over ten years and traveling extensively throughout Asia to find the perfect beans for roasting, Doug assures coffee connoisseurs they will enjoy a delicious cup every time. Fun seasonal flavors such as the Crème Brulé Latte or the Peppermint Mocha will spice up your coffee routine. The Café Cracken, a mocha made with orange peel, is a regular on the menu that should not be missed. Savor a cup of freshly roasted brew on tap or grab a bag for home in south Everett today.
Vista Clara Coffee Roaster
1822 Bickford Avenue, Snohomish
Monday-Tuesday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursday-Friday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
A true gem to the Snohomish community, Vista Clara Coffee attracts devout customers who regularly visit the retail shop and roastery in Snohomish. Vista Clara Coffee sells beans directly from its roastery and supplies its beans to many local coffee shops and stands. Customers can discover their perfect blend from the knowledgeable staff at Vista Clara Coffee.
During your visit, check out the office coffee tree, planted with a bean from the Santa Elena Coffee Farm in Costa Rica, which sources all the Costa Rican coffee roasted at Vista Clara. Every year, the seeds are harvested, and lucky customers can take home seedlings to grow at home. Owner Dave Stewart has been in the business of selling high-quality coffee since the 70s. Find your favorite in one of Dave’s delicious roasts today.
Original Pilot House Coffees
408 West Main Street, Monroe
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Located in Monroe, Original Pilot House Coffee serves delicious brews from their backyard roastery. Owners source 11 beans from 11 countries and profile these delightful flavors in six or seven different ways. Founded as a brainchild of a former inmate, Original Pilot House Coffees is a true testament to the fact that passion for a craft can change lives for the better. Stop by on Saturdays for freshly baked cinnamon rolls, and don’t forget to buy a few bags of freshly ground coffee for the week ahead.
Roasting the perfect bean with the desired flavor profile and complexity is a true craft. From sourcing the right beans to closely monitoring the drying process, coffee roasters combine both art and science in every bag of beans they produce. If you are looking for the freshest roasted beans in Snohomish County, bring a bag home from one of the local roasteries and look forward to your first sip tomorrow morning.