OUR PHILOSOPHY (AND STUFF LIKE THAT)
Manzanita buys beans that taste delicious. period. We find the juiciest, sweetest beans we can. We don’t buy based on certifications and never will. We buy small lots of beans from small farmers who use organic practices of farming.
We like this "global farmer's market" approach. There is traceability, communication, transparency, and quality hand-tended beans. The farmer's we work with can't necessarily afford to pay for fancy certification that large farms can and they don't need to. We know how they farm and the way they take care of their beans, that's what matters. We may pay a bit more for their beans but it's their livelihood and we want to help them, their families and their community thrive too. Also, much as good wines represent the terroir they are sourced from, our small batch coffee beans represent the unique farms, climates and countries they come from. We're going to let the beans speak for themselves from there.
In a nutshell, we're basically Earth-loving hippies that roast coffee... Maintaining sustainability with our roasting has been really important to us since we began in 2015. Not just lip-service, but actually practicing it from the farm to the cup. We roast our beans using the most innovative, environmentally friendly coffee roaster on the market, made in California by LORING and with this, we’re able to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. After roasting, all of our by-product, chaff and coffee waste gets composted and put back into the soil of the family vineyards our roaster is located on. Even the biodegradable filters we use in testing our coffees, the cupping waste and compostable food waste gets composted along with the coffee grounds. Happy coffee, happy farmers. Happy planet. Cheers to all that. :)
In our cafes, you'll find that all of our ingredients are made onsite or sourced from local suppliers, bakers and creators. We like to create a non-pretentious vibe that welcomes you in and makes you feel at home while you explore our coffee. Nothing is wasted, (call us hoarders). Our coffee bags are made into totes, our flavorings made in-house from scratch. It all tastes better, feels better and maintains more authenticity. That's basically what we do. If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com. We're happy to get you more information.
Happy sipping, ~ Weston and Sam