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In 2018, Origin Coffee Roasters was proudly established in Maui, Hawai’i. Our intention is to highlight the origin or source of our seasonal coffee offerings, along with the people and culture that surrounds thems.

The Founder
Origin’s founder and roastmaster is Heather Brisson-Lutz. Her journey with coffee began as a part-time barista job at a specialty roaster in the midwest over 15 years ago. It wasn’t long before her part-time job became a full-time career pursuit. Heather soon became inspired by cafes and roasters in the Pacific Northwest, and within a few years she was on a successful path honing her craft as a barista in Portland, Oregon.

Over the years Heather became more intrigued by the roasting room, and especially interested in the intricate journey of a coffee bean. She envisioned each one, from the farmers hands, to the skilled roastmaster, to the customers first taste. She’s accelerated in her career as a roastmaster and over the years has been acknowledged by many as a leader in the field.

Today Heather is a well-seasoned coffee professional continuing to innovate and lead in the field. This is where Origin Coffee Roasters come into the picture. Heather knows that there is no better place on Earth for her than Maui, and no better place for coffee either.

A lifelong dream to be in Hawai’i has brought Heather and her family to the island and she commits to establishing the strongest connection possible to this spectacular growing region and its vibrant community of coffee lovers.

The Farmers
Origin Coffee Roasters believe in having a direct relationship to farmers. Heather has been on sourcing trips and met with farmers around the world, developing sustainable and compassionate relationships from bean to cup. She knows that farm workers are an integral part of the whole process, and believes there is a unique bond formed between farmer and roaster that is more honest and collaborative when the
purchasing relationship is direct.

Farmworkers are on the frontline of the crop. They nurture the quality and care that comes forth at first taste. Origin believes that infusing lasting relationships to workers creates a higher success rate for us all. Origin Coffee Roasters are about doing better. We don’t rely on labels or policies as much as we rely on building and keeping good relationships, and it shows in our farming relationships and throughout our entire company culture.

Roasting Philosophy

 

 

 

 

At Origin Coffee Roasters, we believe outstanding coffee should be accessible to everyone. To create this platform we focus on proper development during the entire roasting process to create a naturally sweet and balanced flavor profile.

Development
Generally, our roast profiles can be described as a “medium roast”. However, at Origin Coffee Roasters, rather than identifying our coffee flavors in terms of color such as light/medium/dark we focus on development. This brings a more direct focus to the coffees growing region and micro climate in which the beans originate.

When we roast, our goal is to unlock the naturally occurring flavors that exist  in each  bean, much like a Chef would with individual ingredient details in creating the perfect meal. This allows you to enjoy the very best each profile has to offer.

We do not provide roast profiles such as Italian or French for two good reasons:

 

  1. We spend a large portion of time sourcing and buying coffee, in order to present it to you in its best form, and this might go outside of more traditional profiles.
  2. Each growing region provides unique flavors to work with, and our goal is to coax these flavors to the forefront of each roast, highlighting the tedious contribution of the farm and it’s workers, and bring that to you, and that means going beyond.

We are more than happy to recommend one of our coffees that naturally have a flavor profile you’ll love.

Consistency
Our consistency is crucial to a quality product. If our roast profiles vary from batch to batch we aren’t doing our coffees, or you, justice. We use exceptional roasting equipment with software that fine tunes each profile so we can replicate your favorite coffee day in and day out.

We generally recommend our coffees with the following descriptions in mind:

Adventurous
Our more adventurous coffees and profiles are for those in search of  a more exciting, complex cup of coffee. What does that mean exactly? Typically, these coffees have a roast profile to highlight fruit, acidity, floral notes, and other exceptional flavors while keeping the natural sweetness alive in the cup. This means the cup won’t taste like your everyday coffee.

Crowd Pleaser
Our crowd pleaser coffees will fit in with any coffee craving you might have. These beans  have a clear and direct profile that appease clean, sweet flavors in the coffee. The coffee has  more development time in the roaster and therefore a balance of harmonious flavors. If you tend to like a bold, stronger tasting cup of coffee loaded with flavors like  chocolate, caramel or vanilla then this is the profile choice for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESIONS?

At Origin Coffee Roasters we are a small team working hard doing what we love. Here are some common questions we have had. If you don’t find what you are looking for let us know and we will do our best to make sure you have everything you need.

Return policy

At Origin Coffee Rosters our goal is to provide you with outstanding service, delicious coffee, and the maximum quality products and goods.

If you are dissatisfied with your purchase in anyway please don’t hesitate to reach out to us about a return or exchange within 30 days of purchase. We ensure you that we will do our best to make you happy.

Please note that we cannot accept returns on coffee due to its perishable nature. Our return policy pertains strictly to merchandise .

How do I store my freshly roasted coffee?

We recommend keeping your coffee away from extreme heat or cold. Our bags provide a great environment for your coffee to live in. We advise you to buy fresh and drink often. For optimal flavor, enjoy your coffee within 15 days after roasting.

Cold Brew Shelf life?

90 days for packaged, 10-15 days for growlers when properly refrigerated

Is your coffee organic or fair trade certified?

We do not require 3rd party certification as we know that organic certifications may be cost prohibitive in certain parts of the world. Rather, we focus on establishing a direct relationship with farmers we can trust. This creates an environment for the producer to be paid prices well above Fair Trade.

Do you provide a dark roast option?

Our roast profiles can generally be described as “medium”. We roast each coffee to highlight the natural flavor characteristics existing within. We would be happy to direct you to the beans that best fit what you love so much about coffee, just ask. Learn more here.

Do you have a wholesale program?

Check out our wholesale page and let’s get the ball rolling!

When will my order ship?

To ensure you receive the freshest beans for your brew we ship all online retail orders on Tuesday and Thursday. Orders received by midnight Sunday will ship Tuesday, and orders received by midnight on Tuesday will ship Thursday. We have a very small crew working hard to bring you delicious coffee. We appreciate your patience.

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