Blog — Specialty Coffee

Sourcing Coffee Direct From the Farm | Taking Care of People

Posted by James Helms on

Sourcing Coffee Direct From the Farm | Taking Care of People
Coffee farmers are most often underpaid. Paying farmers less than a subsistent wage for their coffee is an unethical business practice. It's exploitation. Paying farmers a living wage is one part of our core distinctive (that being people, place, coffee...). Buying direct from the farm is a way to ensure a living wage.

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Inflation | What Are We Seeing and Doing About It?

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Inflation | What Are We Seeing and Doing About It?

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons) From inception we have maintained a focus on value and we have not raised our whole bean prices...we've held the line of pricing as long as we can and want to discuss the realities of inflation, how we will continue to focus on value, reinforce our values and continue to grow our business in the years ahead. Numerous articles are being written about inflation, but what is it, how is it effecting our coffee company and how are we adapting through it?  Inflation, defined by "a general increase in prices and decrease in the purchasing value...

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Melinda's Bio - Barista

Posted by Hannah Reedy on

Melinda's Bio - Barista

Melinda, one of our baristas and newest Rocky Butte Coffee team member, was born in Aberdeen, Washington. Her ministry-oriented family settled in Portland in 2014. Close with the Helms family, and through high school relationships, Melinda became familiar with the Rocky Butte community. Her hope for the Rocky Butte Espresso Bar is that it will continue to become a staple of the neighborhood, a place where regulars who all know each other can feel at home, and a place where anyone will go out of their way for the best coffee.

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The Story Behind Our Black Santa Roast—And What You Support When You Buy It

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The Story Behind Our Black Santa Roast—And What You Support When You Buy It

If you’ve tried our Black Santa roast, you might recognize it as our Mean Street roast in a new package.

But what’s DIFFERENT is that for every 12oz bag of Black Santa purchased, we donate $3.60 to The Voices Project, an organization empowering leaders of color to better influence their communities.

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