Large company serves quality beans
Batdorf & Bronson is the largest coffee company that I have visited so far in my 100 cups of coffee in 100 days project. As such this article will have a bit different feel.
Batdorf & Bronson has been roasting coffee in the Olympia area since 1986. The current owners were operating Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Olympia since 1988. In 1990 they purchased the Batdorf & Bronson coffee roasting business and have been known for good coffee ever since. In 1994 they opened a second roasting plant in Atlanta. Currently they have nine retail locations in Olympia and the greater Atlanta area. Additionally, they have a large wholesale business where they sell beans and supplies to coffee shops across the country. (For example our day 7 shop Pumphouse Coffee in Omak.) They also have a training and education program where they train baristas in all manner of coffee related topics. Quality is paramount with Batdorf & Bronson.
My first memory of Batdorf & Bronson Coffee is their Dancing Goats Blend. I had my first espresso drink using this blend from an espresso stand in front of a grocery store in Tacoma in the early 1990’s. I remember from that point forward looking for places that served the Dancing Goats Blend it was that good. Flash forward to 2019 and I am drinking Dancing Goats Blend again.
Dancing Goats the Legend.
“In the remote highlands of 9th century Abyssinia, now Ethiopia, a lone goatherd named Kaldi noticed his goats were full of energy, dancing and prancing, after eating a small red fruit from a nearby shrub. Not wishing to be left out of the fun, he ate the cherries and soon he was dancing too. According to legend, Kaldi and his goats had discovered coffee.”
I visited the Batdorf & Bronson Dancing Goat Espresso Bar located across the street from the Olympia Farmers Market. The location is on the main floor of a multistory retail/office building. Walking in I was greeted by a friendly barista. I ordered by coffee for here and a piece of banana bread from the pastry case. The place was pretty busy, so I grabbed a spot at the bar right by the espresso machine. I enjoyed a nice conversation with the barista who was making beverages. She was pleasant and she really enjoys making coffee drinks with the upmost attention to detail.
My drip coffee was the Dancing Goats Blend. It was as I remember it. The coffee is a blend of coffees from three coffee growing regions. The aroma is slightly floral. The coffee is bold with a hint of chocolate and cherry. A very nice cup of coffee. One that I could drink all day every day. Tasty Coffee. Check.
Meetings and more
The coffee shop is modern with exposed ceiling, there is a nice marble counter to sit and enjoy an espresso or simply to watch the baristas craft beverages. The space comfortable and inviting. I have met clients and other real estate brokers at this location before, so I know it works well for meetings and remote work. The Wi-Fi signal is good and strong. Even on a wet grey day the interior of the shop is inviting. Comfortable place for conversation. Check.
You can purchase bags of whole bean coffee here. They also sell some brewing equipment and lots of coffee mugs. Also, there is some Batdorf & Bronson swag if you are so inclined.
Where to find
You can visit This Batdorf & Bronson Dancing Goats Espresso Bar at 111 Mark St. NE Olympia, WA 98501. You can find the addresses to their other locations here. Check out their website. You can find them on Facebook. Follow them on their Instagram Page. It would be best though to stop in and see them and when you do stop in tell them you heard about them from Explore Washington State.
This wraps up day Twenty-one of One Hundred. Where will I be having coffee tomorrow? Check back and see. Have you been to a Batdorf & Bronson Dancing Goats Espresso Bar? Share your thoughts below. Do you have a favorite coffee shop? Send me the name and address of any shops that you think I should go to.
Why 100 Cups of Coffee in 100 Days? Read my original article here.