Top Ten Coffee Roasters + Tea Makers
A SnoCo Gal’s Favorite Things List
I don’t know about you, but I can’t live without coffee. Thankfully there are lots of amazing local roasters at the ready with the best coffee you will find anywhere. I know, I know, you might be committed to Starbucks, but believe me, once you go local, you’ll never go back. And, even if you prefer coffee shops or stands, a lot of local options still have you covered. No excuses!
Still not convinced? How about this … drinking local is an awesome way to incorporate something local into your daily life. It’s easy to buy, it tastes good, and it keeps you caffeinated, what could be better. Not to mention the fact that giving your ongoing support to a local business is better for your community and our county then giving it to a national chain.
To help you with your local coffee pursuits, this months Top Ten list features the ten coffee roasters found within Snohomish County. There are additionally bakeries who roast their own coffee, those were not included. We have, however, included a top four tea makers for those that like or prefer tea when it comes to caffeine.
Coffees were judged based on a combination of taste, both black and with one cream/one sugar (C/S) using a scale of 1-5 (5 being best). They were also judged using other factors such as how strong they were, acidity, and bitterness.
For each tasting we: Used same measurement of fresh beans and created a medium level ground. Prepared in a pour over cup, and steeped for five minutes.
These things were to ensure that, not only was each blend prepared the same way, but in a manner similar to what the majority of people would at home. Use our guide below, include flavor info in the other notes sections to pick your roaster, then check out the rest of the article for info about what blend we used and where you can go to buy beans or pick up a cup!
Without further ado, here is what we thought …
The hands down winner had to be OPHC of Monroe. Their Monroe Blend is the official coffee of SnoCo Gal at home, and the only coffee I will drink black. My favorite blends are their dark roasts, hence it being the only dark roast found on our list. They lean towards the heavy and strong side, making them a manly coffee, or one just right for those who need coffee as much as they need air.
OPHC’s roasts are always perfectly balanced and packed with an array of beans from around the world. hey are not to sweet or bitter, not to nutty, not too much anything. You will never find one flavor standing out over another in their blends, yet each blend is distinct and, did I mention, really REALLY good. Jeff Rousey, the man behind the coffee, is truly a roast master!
If you are interested in finding out more about Jeff and his coffee, check out our story, Road to Redemption, on our website. You can get your own beans and coffee at their coffee shop at 408 W Main St in Monroe, as well as online at www.ophc.biz.
Papa New Guinea
Thanks to sister city status with Stanwood (heck, it’s the only way to get there), Camano’s social and health conscious coffee roaster has more than earned a spot on our list. We opted to try one of their medium roasts and found it to have the best transformation from black to sweetened and the best after taste once it was.
A cool thing about these guys is also the availability of pods.
You can get your own at their coffee shops located at 848 N Sunrise Blvd (Camano Commons) and 370 NE Camano Dr (IGA), as well as online at www.camanoislandcoffee.com.
While I wasn’t a huge fan of Spotted Cow when we first tried them two years ago, they are starting to grow on me. I’m guessing the gelato at their Mill Creek location may have something to do with that. Don’t get me wrong, their coffee is good too, and each blend is packed with distinct flavors. So if you are in the Mill Creek area, be sure to stop and give them a try. P.S. they are a short walk from the gourmet donuts found at Frost, absolutely perfect together!
You can get your own at their coffee shop located in the Mill Creek Town Center, as well as online at www.spottedcowcoffeecompany.com.
#4 Lowery’s, Everett
Available at Jay’s Market in Lake Stevens and online at www.loweryscoffee.com.
The Tea’s …
So … I have to start off by saying, I’m not really much of a tea person. I love a good chai tea latte, and mint tea is a staple of my self care when I’m feeling sick or need relax, but other than that, I don’t dabble much. That’s something I’m working on though, and this list was an awesome opportunity to do that.
1. Harvest Chai: Black Tea, Apple, Ginger, Pepper, Cinnamon, Clove, Cardamom, Orange Peel, Calendula
2. Spearmint: (Our Fave)
Tea with your dragon has the largest selection of tea, over 100 & labeled well. They also sell other wellness and beauty items! Catch our feature on them HERE. Located at 8715 271st St NW.
Snohomish County Tea Makers in the #2-#4 spot, shown below in no particular order. To see how they rank, what we thought, and what criteria we used, become a subscriber or pass holder (info at top of feature).
1. Cha Cha Chai: Black Tea, Cinnamon, Assam, Cardamom, Cloves, Ginger, Pepper (Our Fave)
2. Wicked: Black Tea, Blackberries, Strawberries, Blue Berriessmin, Sage, Pansy, Peppermint,Lavender
Smaller selection, but I love that teas are jarred and ready to go with labels letting you know exactly what is inside. Available at Sno Isle Food Co-Op (Everett), NW Biscotti (Marysville), and online at www.rabbitspantry.com.
1.Vanilla Chai (Black)
2. Strawberry Honey (Black)
Large selection of tea. Info about what inside specific blends was hit or miss (that or or there really wasn’t much in them beyond the names???). The tea itself was so bulky we ended up having to add more get the full effect of the flavor, more than what fit in our tea infuser ball. Located at 903 1st St and online at www.everythingtea.net.
1.Stawberry Blonde: Black tea, papaya, pineapple, mango, strawberry
2. Cranberry Kaleidoscope: Cranberry with a splash of apple
Kombucha is a fermented, slightly alcoholic (0.3-2%), sweetened sparkling tea drink. It’s definitely unique, and not for everyone, but super healthy and worth a try. Located at 116 E 5th St and across our county and beyond using their locator online at www.glorybucha.com.
Live the SnoCo Life is made possible thanks to the support of not only our subscribers, but our business and maker sponsors as well. This feature is brought to you by Original Pilot House Coffees (and no, that’s not why they are #1, they earned that) of Monroe, my favorite locally roasted coffee and the only coffee you will find in my home, as well as Lake Stevens Drywall. , and Shed Gal Portable Buildings of Lake Stevens, Snohomish, and Sultan. Interested in becoming an advertiser/sponsor, get info HERE.