Rainier Coffee Roasters will tell you coffee is the "other" export of the Pacific Northwest, second only to the region’s myriad outdoor adventures.
The roaster's tagline is "Bold coffee for bold adventures." Accordingly, its coffees are rich, well-developed, medium and dark roasts, based on the traditional roasting style from Seattle's formative coffee days. Rainier Coffee Roasters was founded on the belief that the bold, dark-roasted coffee of Seattle's past is an inspiration for coffee's future--but only if it goes hand-in-hand with the lessons we've learned along the way. Rainier is proud of its sourcing partnership with local-favorite Slate Coffee, in order to source their beans with a throughly modern eye towards transparency, direct partnerships, fair trade, and environmental sustainability.
From the very first sip, you'll notice a big difference in in this coffee. Clearly roasted with care, these coffees are dark, but robust, rounded, and never dry or thin. The flavors are in balance--you get all those great dark, toasty notes--but with a soft finish, cream-like, that leaves you wanting more. Although the blends are the roaster's standards, we especially like Rainier's single origins since it's a rare treat to enjoy a high-quality single origin with a more developed profile.
We quizzed their roaster about his fantastic style, and while he wouldn't divulge his secrets, he did tell us that years of working with light-roasted coffees has honed his method to create the perfect dark roast.