Handcrafted and Micro Roasted
Santa Lucia Coffee Roasters opened the doors at their current location in 2006. Why it took me 13 years to find them is the real mystery. On my first visit I did not pay attention and tried to stop in on Sunday. Oops! Santa Lucia is closed on Sundays. On my next visit I was lucky enough to meet fellow Explore Washington State contributor Todd Phillips for a cup of coffee. We had an enjoyable time drinking coffee and catching up again.
The coffees at Santa Lucia Coffee are all hand roasted in a custom coffee roaster the owner Justin Page built. The roaster sits out in the open in the shop and is quite interesting looking. I wanted to ask Justin about the roaster, but the shop was getting busy. The beans are purchased through direct trade with farmers. These are not your run of the mill coffee beans. Small batches of top-quality beans are roasted onsite to bring a superb coffee to market.
I ordered my drip/pour over coffee as I am doing at all 100 coffee shops. My coffee was served to me in a a hand made ceramic mug that a local potter makes for the shop. Not only was the mug interesting to look at it had great thermal qualities. My coffee temperature stayed consistent for quite some time. The mug is a winner.
The coffee aroma was delightful, and the flavor was bright and very nicely balanced. This was an exceptional cup of coffee. Todd enjoyed a mocha and said it was one of the best ones he has had. Good Coffee. Check!
The whole environment at Santa Lucia is warm and welcoming. The place has personality. No corporate feel here. Drinking coffee here feels like you are in someone’s comfortable living room. The whole place is laid back and time seems to move effortlessly. Todd and I spent a couple of hours enjoying our drinks and chatting. It certainly did not feel like we were there that long!
Early on in my visit I had to take a business call. Justin was playing his guitar behind the counter. The person I was talking to asked me where I was, and I explained I was working remotely. Their response was what a cool place and how lucky I was to be working somewhere that had live music during the week! Indeed this is a great place to hang out. Comfortable place for conversation. Check.
If you are into chocolate Santa Lucia makes their own single origin chocolate bars. You can purchase both Coffee Beans and Chocolate at their shop or from their website. They also sell green coffee beans if you want to try your hand and roasting your own coffee.
Where to find
You can visit Santa Lucia Coffee Roasters at 202 S Tower Ave. Centralia, Washington. You can find them on Facebook. or Visit their website 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-Four of One Hundred. Where will I be having coffee tomorrow? Check back and see. Have you been to Santa Lucia Coffee Roasters in Centralia? 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.