Timeline of Specialty Coffee on the West Coast.

A brief history of Seattle’s Best Coffee (SBC) and Specialty Coffee in the Northwest

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The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie

Under Jim Stewart’s mentorship, The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie (TVICR) was founded in 2003 as an independently owned coffee cafe and specialty coffee roaster.


Seattle’s Best Coffee

After winning a coffee competition held by the region’s top chefs, Stewart Brothers Coffee changed its name to Seattle’s Best Coffee (SBC).



Allan Brothers Coffee

Allan Bros Coffee formed in 1972, shedding the Printing and Advertising business. Allan  now knew his calling, and opened a coffee stand in Ashland. Another


Starbucks Opens

Gerald Baldwin, Zev Siegel and Gordon Bowker founded Starbucks Coffee Company in 1971, using the training and mentorship they received from Alfred Peet.


The Wet Whisker

Jim Stewart, inspired by Herb Hyman,  began roasting  in 1969 and opened his company The Wet Whisker in Coupeville, WA.


The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Herbert Hyman opened his first gourmet Coffee Bean store in 1968 in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood.


Peet’s Coffee and Tea

Peet’s Coffee is a San Francisco Bay Area based specialty coffee roaster and retailer. Founded in 1966 by Alfred Peet in Berkeley, California.

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