Prior to opening, when we were exploring options of coffee purveyors in late 2006, we narrowed it down to a few who offered great tasting coffee and were guided by similar values. We wanted delicious coffee produced and roasted fairly and with ecological sensitivity. Ultimately, we chose Taylor Maid Farms, based 58 miles north in Sebastopol, because we felt such a strong alignment of values and purpose.
Taylor Maid only deals in organic and fair trade coffees, which represents the commitment they have had to sustainable agriculture and social justice since their founding in 1993. We have been impressed by their commitment to help farmers transitioning to organic production, often working in concert with University specialists to provide technical support. Their vehicles run on biodiesel , and they were the first coffee-roaster to use the Kestrel S35 Roaster, reducing fuel use and emissions by 80%.
Amidst the pressure of a competitive “specialty” product, the folks at Taylor Maid never lose touch with the foundation of coffee as an agricultural product. Their attentiveness to seasonality and their particular coffees are a great match for our pie