Reasons To Love: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
March 6, 2014
Here in the Pacific Northwest we have coffee culture unlike any other region in the country. Many of us have a neighborhood coffee shop that we're loyal to, but this city is full of delicious alternatives to satisfy our latte and cappuccino needs. When we opened our first shop in 2009, we decided to partner with Stumptown Coffee Roasters not simply for their amazing coffee, but also because of the way they do business around the world.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters was started in Portland in 1999 with a vision of selling coffee, "where beans were meticulously sourced, intentionally roasted and carefully brewed to bring out the life and unique flavor profile of each coffee." Through the development of their single-origin, shade-grown, direct-trade, organic coffee program, Stumptown has raised the bar for supply chain transparency in the coffee industry. Check out their Producers Page
for information on individual farmers to learn where the beans are sourced, and what the process entails.
By trading directly
with green bean producers from around the world, Stumptown is able to provide the highest quality beans while focusing on sustainable farmland management and increasing the quality of life of the coffee farmers they work with. Coffee farmers around the world are making more money per pound on average through Stumptown's direct-trade program than the fair-trade price.
Homegrown proudly serves fresh-brewed organic drip and bottled cold brew at all our shops. For full espresso menu visit our Downtown and SLU locations.
Klean Kanteen Instagram Giveaway
February 4, 2014
We're excited to sell our very own signature green Klean Kanteen water bottles
! Keep it in your bag, attach it to your backpack, store it on your bike, and eliminate the plastic bottles forever! They're available at each of our shops for $19 ea.
Klean Kanteens are made of 18/8 food grade stainless steel, no liner needed, No BPA, phthalates, lead or other toxins. They don't retain or impart flavors for a clean, fresh drink every time.
The loop cap is made from BPA-free polypropylene and can be clipped onto backpacks, bags or belt loops for hydration on-the-go. And they donate 1% to the environment!
In celebration of this new awesome product we will be giving away a Homegrown Klean Kanteen to 5 of our Instagram followers. Enter to win by following our Instagram @Homegrownian
account, tag your friends and spread the word! Winners will be chosen on Tuesday, February 11th. Good luck!
The Unseasonably Warm Ham + Brussels
January 25, 2014
This winter, back by popular demand, we give you the Ham + Brussels!
The Ham + Brussels, stacked with Oregon pit-smoked ham, Beecher's cheese
and apple cider braised brussels and apples, finished with dijon and sage aioli. It's truly a winter feast sandwiched between two slices of fresh bread.
Let us know what you think about it, or if you have ideas for future seasonal specials. We love to get creative and push the sandwich boundaries!
Stop by any of our locations to give it a try and let us know what you think!
Inside The Homegrown Bakery
January 15, 2014
As sandwich connoisseurs, we are well aware of the importance of delicious bread. It can make or break a sandwich, so it must be done right. This is why we proudly bake our own bread at our bakery in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Head Baker, Stephanie Shephard, formerly of the famed Bakery Nouveau, gives us an inside look at how Homegrown began crafts local Washington flour + grains into delectable french, wholegrain and our very own gluten-free rolls.
Can you tell us a little bit about how the space and how you got it started?
"The bakery opened in August of 2012. Prior, Homegrown was using a variety of breads from local bakeries, Macrina was the last bread we used before opening our own bakery. Initially, [Homegrown founders] Brad and Ben approached me because they wanted an opinion on the feasibility of a Homegrown bakery."
What kind of work goes into creating a bread recipe?
"We looked at the elements of what we think makes good bread, then we add our own spin to it. We knew it needed a certain amount of chewiness. We wanted to offer a variety, and of course, we sourced ingredients locally. I would work on the recipes throughout the week, and Brad and Ben and I would meet to taste the samples and make changes along the way. For example, wholegrain breads can be dry and lean towards the sweet side. We wanted to avoid those elements while maintaining the quality of the bread."
What was the first day of the Homegrown bakery like?
"From August to October of 2012 the bakery only did catering orders so we could get the hang of the quantity and timing. After a menu revamp we started making bread for all our stores. We offer french, wholegrain and gluten-free breads as well as homemade mini cookies and granola, all made in-house. As we continue to expand we're learning to meet the increasing bread demand!"
How does the bakery contribute to Homegrown's commitment to sustainably sourced and local ingredients?
"We use Shepherds Grain, which sources from family wheat farmers in Washington state. Our 9 Grain mix, which we use in the wholegrain bread, is actually an organic blend from San Francisco. Washington mainly produces hops and wheat so we look out of state for some of the best specialty ingredients."
Has anything surprised you along the way as you helped open the bakery?
"Actually, yeah. Wholegrain bread is the most popular in all the stores. That was contrary to my initial guess. My theory is that it's specific to Seattle. People here are so health conscious!"
Our Summer Seasonal Is Here!
July 15, 2013
This summer's seasonal sandwich is stacked with roasted eggplant, zucchini + radish with avocado, heirloom tomato, fresh basil and arugula and yellow pepper relish.
Pairs best with sunshine!