It’s the 1980s again— where were you? If you were on the West Coast, you might remember the very beginnings of the “coffee scene”; you may even remember the very first cup of coffee that made you fall in love. Batdorf & Bronson was founded in the 1980s— the first coffee roaster in Olympia, Washington’s capital city— by a couple who decided to pursue their newfound passion.
Now 30 years later, Batdorf & Bronson is one of Olympia’s top destinations for freshly roasted, specialty coffee. A true marriage of the old and the new, their cafes are airy and bright, with wood-paneled walls and shiny copper trim. Their blends are nostalgic by nature— the Dancing Goats Blend is named for one of their first espresso cafes— but fun by design. Really, what could be more fun than a Dancing Goat?
But with all the best modern classics, the modernity just elevates the classic to a new level. Batdorf & Bronson source their own beans, roast everything to order, and emphasize freshness in a way that resonates with real coffee lovers. They’ve won awards for their sustainable roasting techniques, and were the first 100% renewable energy powered coffee roaster in the US. They are the anti-snob, approachable and friendly, their website filled with brewing techniques, their coffee tasting room modeled after a winery experience, and their coffee roasted to be versatile, delicious by a dozen methods. No pretense, no hipsters, just a great cup. Brew a cup, tap your toes… before you know it, you might be dancing with the goats.