The Fundamentals of Slate Coffee

    We're a small family operated speciality coffee roasting & retail cafe located in Seattle, Washington. Our hope is to give Seattle a 'clean slate' when it comes to coffee. In that vein, we wish to present coffee in all its simplicity. While we don't claim to be pioneers or unique in our approach, here are a few fundamentals that we adhere to: 

      Direct Relationships                  


    Coffee is community, which begins at origin.

    We source high-quality single-estate coffees from a number of different countries and continents in order to highlight the diversity inherent in coffee. For us, quality is always the result of collaboration. We often look for coffee’s that have a uniqueness or a special characteristic about them, and we try to honor our producers by being as transparent as possible with where our coffee comes from by giving you information such as the region, district, elevation, processing, etc. Our hope is to give you a glimpse into the story of your coffee, and the long journey it has made to your cup.


    Exposure Roasting                         

    Each coffee is roasted to expose its unique characteristics, rather than imposing a specific roast or flavor profile. 

    We roast with a philosophy we call exposure roasting. The idea is to roast the coffee seeds in small batches just long enough to highlight the characteristics that are inherently unique about them, without roasting ‘over’ those characteristics. We believe that this lighter roast allows for a better ability to distinguish — via taste — coffees with different types of processing, varieties, and regions, therefore honoring and highlighting all the hard work the producers put into making their coffee seeds delicious.

    Honest Brewing                               


    Exploring multiple recipes across a wide range of brewing methods to present the best cup quality.

     We brew coffee with intention and innovation viewing coffee as both an art and a science. We experiment by exploring multiple brew methods and recipes. Continuing with the belief that each coffee is unique, we brew different coffees differently. We're transparent in our recipes in hopes that collaboration can further us all towards the perfect brew or shot while simultaneously recognizing and appreciating that there is mystery and an art in brewing coffee. 




    Daily Coffee News: In One Seattle Week, Slate Coffee Roasters Opened Two New Shops

    December 14, 2015

    The envelope-pushing Seattle-based company Slate Coffee Roasters has just completed a major retail expansion, opening two new café locations in the Emerald City almost at once. Founded in 2013 by brother-sister team Chelsey Walker Watson and Keenan Walker with a single location in east Ballard that continues to go strong, Slate now has a Pioneer Square location that opened earlier this month, and a third location in the University District officially opened today.

    Sprudge: In Seattle, Slate Coffee’s Expansion Is All In The Family

    December 14, 2015

    There’s big things happening right now with coffee in Seattle. No, I’m not talking about some massive coffee corporation; this is much more of a family affair.

    Since their launch in late 2012, Seattle’s Slate Coffee Roasters have earned a reputation as one of the city’s leading microroasters, marching to their own drum and earning converts in droves. Three years later, they’ve expanded from their original location in the city’s Ballard neighborhood into a pair of new addresses in separate pockets of town: the University District and Pioneer Square. That makes a total of three outposts, plus an Airstream waiting in hibernation to find its permanent home.