Stumptown Coffee Roasters http://stumptowncoffee.com Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:16:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.5 General Manager – Northwest Region http://stumptowncoffee.com/general-manager-northwest-region/ http://stumptowncoffee.com/general-manager-northwest-region/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:53:50 +0000 http://stumptowncoffee.com/?p=22913 Job Title: General Manager – Northwest Region Locations: Oregon, Washington, BC, Northwest States Reports to: VP Wholesale and Retail Operations Stumptown is seeking a senior

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Job Title: General Manager – Northwest Region
Locations: Oregon, Washington, BC, Northwest States
Reports to: VP Wholesale and Retail Operations

Stumptown is seeking a senior member of the management team to support the existing goals and achievements in our Northwest Region. This person will be directly responsible for expanding and developing Stumptown’s business model in the Pacific Northwest marketplace and extended territories. She or he will be accountable to oversee all aspects of day-to-day operations, including:

  • Managing a full operational team
  • Driving wholesale sales
  • Supporting busy cafés
  • Being accountable for growth objectives and financial results

Essential Functions

  • Oversee all sales and sales activity in the NW Sales territories, serving as the most senior member of the Stumptown Wholesale and Sales team in the Region
  • Be responsible for exceeding annual sales revenue plan for Wholesale and Retail market sales
  • Continue to work with the Sales and Executive team to support Northwest business while expanding the broader market for Stumptown, building on the 15+ years of momentum to date
  • Develop, manage and train the sales team in the region
  • Lead and implement an annual market plans
  • Assist in managing the broader team at Stumptown Northwest by supporting all day-to-day operations pertaining to Stumptowns’ production efforts in Portland and Seattle to include roasting, retail, and call center. Help maintain and facilitate the day-to-day operations across wholesale, particularly as the business expands
  • Continuously work to develop staff across all positions. Responsible for all reporting within region and territory
  • Serve as the point of contact for anything pertaining to Stumptown Northwest, including acting as resource for all Stumptown’s Managers and Assistant Managers across all departments

Supervisory responsibilities

  • Direct responsibility for Regional Sales Team, including Northwest and surrounding Territories
  • Generally responsible for all employees in various departments within the Northwest operation and surrounding markets

Qualifications

  • 5 years of sales and or restaurant team management experience
  • Management experience in wholesale and retail programs and channels
  • Strategic business development and sales experience essential
  • Demonstrated understanding of specialty food, coffee and grocery scene in the Northwest
  • Financial fundamentals, including basic books and record keeping
  • Knowledge of profit/loss and a high degree of proficiency in Excel
  • Product knowledge mastery and demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for coffee
  • Working knowledge of financial and enterprise systems and programs

Physical Demands

  • Ability to sit continuously at a computer
  • Taste/Smell – ability to detect and perceive smell of coffee
  • Standing – ability to stand for long periods

Work environment

  • Work is performed across the Northwest market, based from the Portland, Oregon Head Quarters.
  • Will also include work in, and frequent travel to, Oregon, Washington, BC and surrounding territories.

Please email cover letter and resume to jobs@stumptowncoffee.com.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected by local, state or federal law. 

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Account Manager/Coffee Educator in Los Angeles, CA http://stumptowncoffee.com/account-managercoffee-educator-los-angeles-ca/ http://stumptowncoffee.com/account-managercoffee-educator-los-angeles-ca/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:33:16 +0000 http://stumptowncoffee.com/?p=22911 Job Title: Account Manager/Coffee Educator Locations: Los Angeles, CA Reports to: General Manager, Southwest Region Stumptown Coffee Roasters believes that each employee makes a significant

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Job Title: Account Manager/Coffee Educator
Locations: Los Angeles, CA
Reports to: General Manager, Southwest Region

Stumptown Coffee Roasters believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success.  Creating a sustainable workplace is at the core of who we are. We’ve worked hard to create a great place to work and are proud of the results. We’re not perfect, but being open to ideas and continually improving things has always been a fundamental part of how we work. We’re the kind of workplace where each of us works hard, has fun and contributes a lot.

Summary

The Account Manager/Coffee Educator will work in wholesale account management and coffee education. He/she will provide unparalleled coffee education and hospitality through ongoing hands-on training and expert guidance. The Account Manager/Coffee Educator will also work closely with wholesale customers through direct training and education.

Essential Functions

  • Establish and strengthen relationships with wholesale customers
  • Deliver unparalleled coffee education and hospitality to wholesale customers through direct training and training program implementation
  • Assist with sales related meetings, community events and coffee tastings as needed
  • Develop solutions that improve coffee service quality in multiple settings
  • Maintain an efficient, effective, and prioritized work schedule through regular communication with the Stumptown wholesale team
  • Provide consistent and timely turnaround for training requests and customer needs.
  • Cup and taste coffee regularly to maintain familiarity with product and quality standards
  • Stay informed of industry trends and new products related to coffee and espresso preparation
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory responsibilities

  • None

Qualifications

  • At least 3-5 years of coffee industry experience
  • Demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for coffee
  • Positive attitude and an ability to work independently while still part of a team
  • Thorough knowledge of coffee origins, processing methods, and buying practices
  • Excellent barista skills, including both coffee preparation and customer service
  • Confident public speaker
  • Professional and effective communicator
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Flexibility in scheduling; holiday and weekends are sometimes required
  • Willingness to travel and maximize the value of trips
  • Highly motivated
  • Confidence and fluency with computer and mobile devices

Physical Demands

  • Carry weight, lift – frequently moves materials weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Taste/Smell – ability to detect and perceive smell of coffee
  • Standing – ability to stand for long periods

Work environment

  • Work is performed in various locations
  • The work environment can be noisy
  • Temperatures can be variable in the work area

Please email cover letter and resume to jobs@stumptowncoffee.com.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected by local, state or federal law

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Sales Representative/Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA http://stumptowncoffee.com/sales-representativeaccount-manager-los-angeles-ca-2/ http://stumptowncoffee.com/sales-representativeaccount-manager-los-angeles-ca-2/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:18:04 +0000 http://stumptowncoffee.com/?p=22906 Job Title: Sales Representative/Account Manager Locations: Los Angeles, CA Reports to: General Manager, Southwest Region Stumptown Coffee Roasters believes that each employee makes a significant

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Job Title: Sales Representative/Account Manager
Locations: Los Angeles, CA
Reports to: General Manager, Southwest Region

Stumptown Coffee Roasters believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success.  Creating a sustainable workplace is at the core of who we are.  We’ve worked hard to create a great place to work and are proud of the results.  We’re not perfect, but being open to ideas and continually improving things has always been a fundamental part of how we work.  We’re the kind of workplace where each of us works hard, has fun and contributes a lot.

Summary

Build and leverage wholesale operations in California.  Working as part of our California roasting operation and team, this position involves pursuing new wholesale business across a variety of channels.  Work closely with the Senior Sales Manager, our production, training and wholesale teams in LA and also fulfill sales goals by pursuing targeted opportunities in key metro areas within, but not always limited to, Los Angeles County.

Essential Functions

  • Day to day sales and account visits
  • Maintain a priority based schedule for meeting with prospective customers
  • Accountable for targeted quarterly and yearly sales by market and channel
  • Organize and maintain key initiatives around opportunities, targets and geographies
  • Manage and fulfill key account needs
  • Develop a firm understanding of products and services offered and demonstrate this understanding in the sales process
  • Weekly recap of account visits and call frequency
  • Follow the Stumptown sales cycle from prospect to new account to roll-out
  • Cold call the Stumptown way, be able to represent the company in any situation
  • General enthusiasm for selling our coffee
  • Effectively manage new prospect meetings and appointments
  • Demonstrate ability to prescreen and select wholesale customers
  • Sell and manage espresso equipment with wholesale customers
  • Hold regular coffee tastings, including cuppings and drip tastings
  • Ensure coffee quality among accounts through hands-on bar skills and coffee knowledge
  • Improve Stumptown’s customer relationships with a focus on profitability
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory responsibilities

  • None

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for coffee
  • Experience with Southern California markets, channels and geography preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver customer service the Stumptown way
  • Experience and proficiency with Stumptown espresso preparation standards
  • Desire to educate others about our coffees and espresso methods
  • Ability to manage and prioritize daily and weekly tasks
  • Basic technical aptitude or willingness to learn equipment details
  • Basic understanding of fundamental financial concepts
  • Valid California driver’s license, a clean driving record and a reliable vehicle

Physical Demands

  • Ability to sit continuously at a computer
  • Able to lift up to 5 pounds frequently and up to 50 pounds occasionally

Work environment

  • Work is performed in the Los Angeles office and in the Southern California markets

Please email cover letter and resume to jobs@stumptowncoffee.com.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected by local, state or federal law

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Sales Manager/Account Manager – Southwest Region, Austin TX http://stumptowncoffee.com/sales-manageraccount-manager-southwest-region-austin-tx/ http://stumptowncoffee.com/sales-manageraccount-manager-southwest-region-austin-tx/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:30:05 +0000 http://stumptowncoffee.com/?p=22884 Job Title: Sales Manager/Account Manager – Southwest Region Locations: Austin, Texas Reports to: General Manager, Southwest Region Stumptown Coffee Roasters believes that each employee makes

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Job Title: Sales Manager/Account Manager – Southwest Region
Locations: Austin, Texas
Reports to: General Manager, Southwest Region

Stumptown Coffee Roasters believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. Creating a sustainable workplace is at the core of who we are. We’ve worked hard to create a great place to work and are proud of the results. We’re not perfect, but being open to ideas and continually improving things has always been a fundamental part of how we work. We’re the kind of workplace where each of us works hard, has fun and contributes a lot.

Building robust and dynamic partnerships is the core of our strategy to enter new markets. We seek an energetic and enthusiastic individual who will seek out and build these relationships and serve at Stumptown’s key representative in the market.

Essential Functions

This position is responsible for managing and growing our wholesale business in Texas and surrounding markets. This individual will foster business development efforts to date, and further establish our distribution footprint in the SW market. In addition to working closely with the rest of the Stumptown sales and production team out of Los Angeles and Portland, the Sales Manager will be the lead in pursuing key opportunities across variety of channels and settings in this region. The following is meant to highlight (but are not limited to) some of the key responsibilities with the position:

  • Responsible for achieving annual sales revenue targets in the Southwest. Accountable for meeting and exceeding sales and distribution goals established as part of the annual budgeting process. Help in the implementation of an annual market plan. Organize, manage and report regularly on key initiatives around these goals – key opportunities, targets, geographies, etc
  • Proactively pursue new relationships and business across Stumptown’s channels. Maintain a comprehensive and working target list that ties to sales objectives across multiple channels. Report weekly, monthly and quarterly on traction.
  • Serve as the primary voice and face of Stumptown in this market – responsible for driving project management across core business:
    • Develop real, lasting relationships as part of Stumptown’s expanding presence in the business community in pursuit of new business
    • Serve as a primary point for on-boarding all new business in this geography
    • Schedule and conduct drip and espresso trainings with existing wholesale customers and new prospects
    • Serve as the source of inspiration to the Stumptown team around the exciting partnerships and events we are growing in the Southwest
    • Be accountable to the profitability of the SW market.  Account for ‘wins’ / losses on a monthly basis
    • Additionally, be responsible for the loaned and purchased equipment program (and therefore profitability) within the market. Report weekly to the General Manager on progress to date

Additional Functions

  • High-level understanding and demonstrated working knowledge of the coffee, restaurant, specialty food and beverage industry
  • Ability to hit the ground running and provide industry expertise and recommendations to senior leadership
  • Eager to leverage all Stumptown’s resources to expand our presence in the territory, including collaboration with other Sales team members and their initiatives, as well as utilizing our broader resources (executive team, HQ expertise) to obtain new business

Qualifications

  • Strategic business development and sales experience essential
  • Management experience in wholesale and retail programs required
  • Experience in a multi-discipline operation strongly recommended
  • Product knowledge mastery and demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for coffee
  • Ability to work cross-functionally as part of a large or small project team
  • Working knowledge of financial and enterprise systems and programs (i.e.: NetSuite)
  • Financial fundamentals, including basic books and record keeping, knowledge of profit/loss and a high degree of proficiency in Excel
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Should have solid understand of specialty grocery channel
  • 3-5 years of sales and or restaurant experience preferred

Physical Demands

  • Ability to sit continuously at a computer
  • Carry weight, lift – lift up to 5 pounds frequently and up to 50 pounds occasionally
  • Taste/Smell – ability to detect and perceive smell of coffee
  • Standing – ability to stand for long periods

Work environment

  • Able to effectively work from a home office
  • Open to working flexibly, out of a car, on the road, etc.
  • Travel required ~25-50% of the month as needed based on business opportunities in surrounding cities

Please email cover letter and resume to jobs@stumptowncoffee.com.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

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Assistant Manager, Direct-to-Consumer Customer Support in Portland, OR http://stumptowncoffee.com/assistant-manager-direct-consumer-customer-support-portland/ http://stumptowncoffee.com/assistant-manager-direct-consumer-customer-support-portland/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:39:54 +0000 http://stumptowncoffee.com/?p=22898 Job Title: Assistant Manager, Direct-to-Consumer Customer Support Locations: Portland, OR Reports to: Manager, Customer Support Stumptown Coffee Roasters believes that each employee makes a significant

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Job Title: Assistant Manager, Direct-to-Consumer Customer Support
Locations: Portland, OR
Reports to: Manager, Customer Support

Stumptown Coffee Roasters believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. Creating a sustainable workplace is at the core of who we are. We’ve worked hard to create a great place to work and are proud of the results. We’re not perfect, but being open to ideas and continually improving things has always been a fundamental part of how we work. We’re the kind of workplace where each of us works hard, has fun and contributes a lot. We value each individual here and feel that everyone plays an important part in making Stumptown….Stumptown, which is our foundation for growing a successful business.

Summary

Every day we strive to deliver an extraordinary cup of coffee and experience for Stumptown consumers. The E-Commerce Customer Support team is a central hub for consumer communication and an integral part of our business. We seek a demonstrated leader with fantastic communication skills and a passion to create a best-in-class service experience.  This person will oversee Customer Service for the Stumptown e-commerce and direct-to-consumer channels.

Essential Functions

  • Hire, train, supervise and mentor team of Customer Support Associates
  • Consistently deliver an exceptional consumer experience.  Develop innovative ways to evolve experience with changing needs of business.
  • Serve as point person for all customers via phone, email, social media platforms, and live chat
  • Answer customer queries around a range of topics to include coffee, gear, brew methods, e-commerce orders and more
  • Quickly and thoroughly resolve customer concerns
  • Lead and oversee fulfillment of daily e-commerce orders.  Work closely with external shipping carriers and internal departments to shape process for business growth.
  • Identify opportunities to continually improve team processes and procedures
  • Partner with e-commerce and production teams to improve the online customer experience
  • Attend regular coffee trainings, cuppings and brew demonstrations to maintain up-to-date expertise on Stumptown offerings, products and brew techniques
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory responsibilities

  • Team of 2+ Customer Support Associates

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for coffee and desire to share it with others
  • 5 years experience working in a Customer Service or hospitality environment
  • 2 years prior management experience required
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Empathetic, friendly, can-do attitude
  • Poised under pressure, ability to think on your feet
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask; ability to manage and prioritize daily and weekly tasks
  • Experience with MS Office, Google Apps other basic computer applications
  • Experience with NetSuite, e-commerce platforms, social media platforms, point of sale platforms is a plus

Physical Demands  

  • Ability to sit continuously at a computer
  • Able to lift up to 5 pounds frequently and up to 25 pounds occasionally
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Work environment

  • Work is performed in Corporate HQ in Portland, OR
  • The noise level is moderate but can be loud at times

Please email cover letter and resume to jobs@stumptowncoffee.com.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

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Medicine Paintings Vol. 1MARIA JOAN DIXON (Downtown) http://stumptowncoffee.com/medicine-paintings-vol-1-maria-joan-dixon-downtown/ http://stumptowncoffee.com/medicine-paintings-vol-1-maria-joan-dixon-downtown/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:49:44 +0000 http://stumptowncoffee.com/?p=22890 On view February 25th – March 31st, 2015 Opening reception 5-7 pm Sunday, March 1st For Medicine Paintings Vol. 1, her second solo exhibition at Stumptown

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maria.joan.dixon.1On view February 25th – March 31st, 2015
Opening reception 5-7 pm Sunday, March 1st

For Medicine Paintings Vol. 1, her second solo exhibition at Stumptown Downtown, Maria Joan Dixon documents the gorgeous and luminous worlds she has seen in her most recent visions and dreams. Mixed with a bit of what we know as physical images of our space and universe, her paintings express the ‘as within, so without’ aspect of our surreality.

Maria Joan Dixon is a born and raised Portland painter. Having taught herself acrylic painting since childhood, she has recently moved on to oil paints. Her work was previously exhibited at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and in Portland, OR at Breeze Block Gallery, Sugar Gallery, and Stumptown Downtown. Dixon is a staple of Portland identity, having created album covers for Adrian Orange, Valet, Swan Island, and Eternal Tapestry and murals for Rad Summer, The Box Social, and Sol Republic Headquarters.

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128 SW Third Avenue

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I have heard the summer dust crying to be born. Evan Kinkel, (Division) http://stumptowncoffee.com/heard-summer-dust-crying-born-evan-kinkel-division/ http://stumptowncoffee.com/heard-summer-dust-crying-born-evan-kinkel-division/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:33:37 +0000 http://stumptowncoffee.com/?p=22866 On view February 6th – March 9th Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, February 15th “I believe that the Universe is one being, all its

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On view February 6th – March 9th
Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, February 15th

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“I believe that the Universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole.” - Robinson Jeffers

I have always found myself drawn to naturalist writers: Whitman, Thoreau, Jeffers, Abbey, Snyder. Through them, engrossed with an idea of monism, traveling from city to country, my computer screen to vast expanses of landscape. Feeling comfortable with each.

These photographs are of the Painted Hills, Oregon. Shot in the new year, no one around for miles. The stillness was intoxicating.

They are printed on bond paper using a plotter — a large format printer mainly used to produce architectural prints. While I enjoy the textural aesthetic of the image using this method, I am also drawn to marrying an image of a natural creation, with a method typically reserved for man made constructions.

- Evan Kinkel

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For more information about this show or exhibiting your artwork with us, please contact the curator, Wendy Swartz – wendy@stumptowncoffee.com.

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4525 SE Division Street

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MATERIAL SCAPESNew works by Megan Mesloh (Belmont) http://stumptowncoffee.com/material-scapesnew-works-megan-mesloh-belmont/ http://stumptowncoffee.com/material-scapesnew-works-megan-mesloh-belmont/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:11:13 +0000 http://stumptowncoffee.com/?p=22859 On view February 5th – March 2nd Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, February 8th Megan uses materials to satisfy tactile, practical and spiritual needs. It

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On view February 5th – March 2nd
Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, February 8th

Megan uses materials to satisfy tactile, practical and spiritual needs. It is in working with materials that she is connected to their origins, their possibilities and their limits. At the same time Megan explore these themes for herself.

“Civilization seems in general to estrange men from materials, that is, from materials in their original form. For the process of shaping these is so divided into separate steps that one person is rarely involved in the whole course of manufacture, often knowing only the finished product. But if we want to get from materials the sense of directness, the adventure of being close to the stuff the world is made of, we have to go back to the material itself, to its original state, and from there to partake in its stages of change.”

“… for creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know.”

- Anni Albers (1899-1994) Bauhaus Weaver

 

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3356 SE Belmont Street

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Jesse Hughey, Grey Waves Release http://stumptowncoffee.com/jesse-hughey-grey-waves-release/ http://stumptowncoffee.com/jesse-hughey-grey-waves-release/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:19:46 +0000 http://stumptowncoffee.com/?p=22831 Recently, Carolyn Reddy, a visual artist and our Stumptown Trainer in Seattle, sat down for a conversation with Jesse Hughey, Stumptown Roaster and frontman for Grey

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Recently, Carolyn Reddy, a visual artist and our Stumptown Trainer in Seattle, sat down for a conversation with Jesse Hughey, Stumptown Roaster and frontman for Grey Waves, Hughey’s visual and musical collaboration with drummer Brandon Hughes and visual artist Alison Pate.

The band is preparing for the release of their first record, Faith/Void, on January 30th, on the label People In A Position To Know. The 7-inch record will be for sale in a limited pre-sale on their Bandcamp page, and at their record release party on January 30th at 9 pm at the Lo-Fi in Seattle. The release party will also showcase a really cool project he’s spearheading – Jesse solicited 100 record cover images made by visual artists, including eight current and former Stumptown employees from both coasts.

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Congratulations on the first Grey Waves record! This project has been a broad collaboration with visual artists as well as musicians. Was that the plan from the beginning, or did it evolve as you went along?

It’s definitely been an evolving project. But a lot of it was that I felt kind of alienated from my artistic community when I moved to Seattle.

I spent about seven years playing music really seriously in Portland, and then it was all just gone one day. And I feel really lucky for the community I have here at Stumptown in particular, and for the artists I’m surrounded by, and I guess I wanted to do a project that was representative of an artistic community, not only of the artistic community that I’m placed within, but just to showcase the generosity and talent of those around me.

You know, I have some really, really talented friends who were happy to spend time and energy and creativity on a project that I’m spearheading. And it’s humbling, and a reminder that you are a part of a community when sometimes its easy to forget.

I met Patrick, one of our roasters out in New York, when we got snowed in there a year ago, and sent him an offhand note like, “Hey, I’m putting out this record and I’m trying to get visual artists on board to make covers, I really like what you’re doing.” He met me for fifteen minutes and he sent me four absolutely beautiful covers that he’d clearly put time into but also had actually engaged with the work I was doing. That’s a pretty awesome level of generosity.

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You’ve worked with artists from both coasts at Stumptown to make this – how has working at Stumptown with these kinds of colleagues impacted your work as a musician and artist?

It’s an awesome community to be a part of and I feel really lucky to be able to work in such a creative place. At any given moment you could book a really awesome festival with just Stumptown people. In music, in visual art, in spoken word, in poetry – there is a really cool creative group of people here and that’s been inspiring and supportive.

I remember the first show I played after starting to work at Stumptown. I had like twenty coworkers show up! You’re just encouraged to take care of the people around you – I’ve never spent time anywhere like that before.

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How long have you worked at Stumptown?

I’m three and a half years in right now, and I’m a roaster here in Seattle, but I worked in production as a delivery driver in Portland for about a year before I started here.

Is this process of curating visual works new for you?

I’ve never been engaged in visual art at all – just as an observer. It’s all been very new and I actually did some covers myself and that’s been a cool process also.

And I think it’s cool to remind myself that the divisions we make in art are fake, you know? And ultimately restrictive to expression. To kind of draw these lines – a band makes music and a painter paints – to make these restrictions is just limiting on our ability to say things, and I think that art should be more collaborative and less medium-oriented.

So with Grey Waves, to honor the idea of not putting divisions between visual and auditory work, I asked one of my favorite artists [Alison Pate] to be a member of the band so she’s in control of the visual element of what we do.

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So the visual element makes this different from your work in the past. Musically, how would you compare it to work you’ve done before? Is it a departure? A progression?

Yeah, it is a pretty big departure from what I’ve done before. I played in a band for a really long time and I’m primarily a writer – that’s what I feel most comfortable doing – but I feel like when you are in a band, there are certain things that maybe you can’t say, like you feel like you are speaking for a group of people when you’re the person writing for a band.

It’s different because I’ve done a lot more of it on my own. I really spent a lot of time writing, and on the recording I play everything except for the bass, which is different. I’ve never done that before.

I was always in bands where the goal was to make a little bit of money and go on tour, sell a few records, that kind of thing, whereas the goal here – it’s a 7-inch. It’s just an art project. I’m not really worried about if my voice sounds perfect and I’m not really worried about if it’s going to get played on the radio.

I am happy with it. To me it says what I want it to say and that’s my only goal for it. And that’s new. I haven’t felt that way in work before… I’m not trying to please anybody with it – I’m just sort of over that, which is very freeing. I can just make it sound the way I want it to.

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Where did the name Grey Waves come from?

“Grey Waves” is very much an homage to my home in the Pacific Northwest.

I grew up on a little  island in Southeast Alaska, and the shared color of the sky and the sea through most of the year in the Pacific Northwest is a really beautiful thing to me and I think that there’s something about the subtlety of that beauty. Like, people complain about the grey all year long but it is sort of beautiful, and it is the thing I always miss when I’m away. Kind of that point on the horizon where you can’t tell if you are looking at the sea or the sky – that right there is what the name is.

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What’s next for you? Will we see more from Grey Waves?

Yeah, so this is two songs from a much larger collection. Releasing two songs was maybe just a way for me to get it moving and these are two that represent the extremes – the lyric extremes – on the record. I’m really excited to get in and do a full length record as soon as I have time.

Thanks, Jesse – and we’ll look forward to it!

 

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“If you love coffee, you have to watch this film. If you want to understand what makes coffee freaks so passionate about their brew, you have to watch this film. If you want to understand the global coffee economy, watch this film.” -Boston Globe Review, A Film About Coffee

 

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Our Rwanda Huye Mountain coffee has just landed back on our menu this week, coinciding with the On Demand release of a beautiful film we’re very proud to be featured in called, coincidentally, A Film About Coffee. The film is an informative deep dive and a love letter to our favorite thing. Director Brandon Loper traveled the globe offering a peek behind the curtain of the specialty coffee industry, revealing how and why we go so very far and wide to source, process, roast, brew and drink it.AFAC_6AFAC_12AFAC_5AFAC_13

The specifics of the global coffee economy and the complexities of how we source coffee are often difficult to explain on the back of a bag card or in a source post. But here Loper and his team get it right: The filmmakers caught up with our green team traveling in Rwanda and filmed the coffee harvest and the Huye Mountain washing station, where coffee is grown in the surrounding mountain highlands.AFAC_7AFAC_4

The Huye Mountain company works towards economic, social and environmental sustainability, and with help from Stumptown premiums, they also reinvest in the community through social payments. A Film About Coffee shows the effect of one such payment – a water station which provides fresh water to the community and a flush supply of for washing coffee, too. Before this station was built, folks in the community had to walk two kilometers to collect fresh drinking water. This year’s social payment was a food security payment through a distribution of cows.AFAC_8AFAC_3

The film successfully and thoughtfully captures how many hands and hours of work go into that pristine bean before it ever even reaches the roastery, let alone your Americano.

If you love coffee, watch this movie.

Watch it here. For more information on Rwanda Huye Mountain, click here.

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