More than 20 years ago I bought an old Cape Cod house down the street from George Fox University. At the time I had no idea that a little café in my garage would take me around the world and bring the world of coffee to my community.

I moved my family into that old house and setup one of the first coffee shops in northwest Oregon. I opened in the 1990’s, before it was hip to carry around a premium cup of coffee, much less open a coffee shop. The community loved it and my garage quickly became a meeting place for coffee lovers ranging from college students to retirees. The coffee drew them in but the bakery, bookstore and live music kept them coming back.

As I learned more about coffee I began to realize that I could make a difference, both in my community and for the communities that grew our coffee. I began developing relationships in what is known as as the “Coffee Belt,” the regions that produce the world’s best coffee – mostly developing nations. It’s through those relationships that I’ve brought some of the finest coffees in the world to my roastery. I’m also proud to say that I give back to those communities that grow our coffee – projects that range from fresh water supply to a community band.

Seeing the impact of our efforts, I’ve adopted a set of standards that we abide by when we purchase any of our coffees. Our standards benefit the communities that provide the coffee and the community that drinks it. Our sourcing includes Fair Trade Coffee that ensures ethical trade practices with farmers, and Organic coffee that offers our customers a cup of coffee free of chemically treated beans.

Our business has grown over the years and we have expanded our operation to a larger facility and a more robust online presence. Today, instead of meeting in that old garage, our customers meet in our tasting room or on our website. They are just as diverse now as they were then, but they all still want the same thing – a great coffee. No matter where our business may go, whether online or off, we’ll continue to uphold those standards that have sustained our business over the years and provide high-quality, responsibly sourced coffee from around world.

Pete Miller