Here at Lake City Coffee, we love super smooth coffee, which has depth, character, complexity, and integrated flavors that would make a world class Cabernet Sauvignon blush.
A Family Micro Coffee Roaster
Our coffee roasting business is unique, because we don’t answer to anyone other than to ourselves; no stock holders, no board of directors, no fannies to kiss.
Alisha, my beautiful wife and business partner, along with myself (Russell) roast what we like to drink, and our customers, get the leftovers. In other words, if you don’t like what we like, you’re out of luck. But if you like your coffee smooth and flavorful, then you’re going to love our coffee.
You’re not going to find 50 sources of beans from around the world. You also are not going to find a dozen different roasts. Neither will you find any Wall Street marketing doublespeak. And you certainly won’t find and fake blends designed to tickle your ears.
Nope. Here at Lake City Coffee all your going to find is the straight scoop, no BS truth about coffee. We keep it simple here by offering the absolute best of one thing and one thing only. We offer 1 bean and 3 roasts. Period! End of story. But ahhhhh…. that one bean, perfectly roasted, and delivered fresh from our roaster to your table in 24-72 hours will haunt your dreams with desire.
Stress is the number one killer in America. Working hard is great. Having a passion is great. But you need to take care of you. Your family needs you.
Coffee was never intended to wake you up, keep you awake, and kick you in the pants. Though it’ll do those things, coffee’s true value is as a comfort food. So, take a minute and chill-out!
…imagine taking a few minutes out of your hectic life for a soul satisfyingly smooth cup of coffee. You might be in your car, at work, or at home, but this time is for you, when your mind calms, your breath steadies, you relax, and say, “Ahhhh… that’s good. That’s reeeeal good”.
It’s almost like the worries of life recede and your world shrinks to just you and that cup of coffee. And for a few minutes, everything in your life seems to be in place.
Lake City Coffee’s Passion
Believe it or not, specialty coffee was not invented in Seattle. Actually, your Great-Grandmother, roasted her own coffee, at home, every week. Because her coffee was so fresh, it was also super smooth, without a hint of bitterness.
Great-Grandma knew the value of fresh coffee. She knew that it was a treat for her family. She put love and passion into her coffee and her family LOVED it. In part, because of Great-Grandma’s coffee, they lived longer and happier.
At Lake City Coffee, Alisha and I don’t expect you to take the time and effort to roast your own coffee every week, so we do it for you. Our goal is that we roast coffee that’s so good, that you want Alisah and me to your personal coffee roaster. Then we’ll teach you how to make coffee that would make your Great-Grandma proud.
Smoothest Coffee Beans
Great coffee starts with great coffee beans. I’ve tried coffee from just about every coffee growing country in the world. And when it comes to the smoothest coffee (non-bitter) with a variety of flavors, I absolutely love Costa Rican coffee, specifically from the Tarrazu region.
These beans are high altitude, shade grown, hand picked, mountain water washed, sun dried, and carefully hand sorted by small, single-source, Costa Rican, farmers.
Costa Rica Tarrazu is our only source of beans. That’s right. But we don’t pick just any Costa Rican bean. We taste test beans from about 20 different small family farmers from the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. Tasting 20 samples seems like a lot and it is.
Most coffee roasters never taste test the beans that they buy. A few will taste test two or three beans. We taste test 20 samples because we’re looking for a very specific taste. If the bean is not super smooth with perfectly balanced chocolate and nut notes, then we’re not interested.
What we end up with is one of the world’s best coffee beans. And if you want to argue that, then let’s just say, we end up with, at a minimum, the best coffee beans that Costa Rica has to offer.
Old Fashion Roasted Coffee
Large industrial coffee roasters burn the snot out of their beans by roasting hot-n-fast. Italian roast, French Roast, Espresso Roasts, and the like, are, in reality, just different shades of burnt.
That’s why, I roast the old fashion way; low-n-slow; gently bringing our beans to a beautiful light, medium, or barely-dark color. This low-n-slow roasting method preserves as much of the bean’s natural oils as possible, giving your beans a rich, super smooth, and naturally sweet flavor with prominent notes of chocolate and nut.
With only 1 bean, all you have to do is choose your roast.
- Delectable Dark
- Majestic Medium
- White Lightning
Yes, we also have the best Decaf and Espresso that you’re likely to find anywhere. Just visit our Shop Page and read the product description for both Decaf and Espresso, especially the Espresso (for a good chuckle).
Fresh Roasted Coffee Makes A Huge Difference
Here’s a little known fact. All roasted coffee starts going stale in about a month and no amount of space age packaging can change that fact. Unfortunately, a vast majority of the coffee sold in the U.S. has been sitting in warehouses or on store shelves for months if not years.
When roasted coffee is that old, it’s always bitter. Maybe that’s one reason the large industrial coffee companies burn the snot out of their beans.
In contrast, we measure freshness in hours, not months. From our roaster to your table in 24-72 hours. When coffee is this fresh, you can taste a HUGE difference. The coffee is smoother, sweeter, and you can actually taste notes of chocolate, nut, and sometimes citrus.
If you buy 3 bags (with free shipping) you probably want that 3rd bag to taste almost as good as the first bag, so read this article “How To Keep Coffee Beans Fresh“.
How To Brew Awesomely Smooth Coffee
Alisha and I live in Coeur d’Alene Idaho, just 60 miles south of Canada. In our home town, probably just like yours, there are a ton of coffee shops. And guess what? All but one of them serve up coffee that I wouldn’t feed to a pig. You can do better at home; much better.
Picking the right beans and roasting them to perfection is only 50% of the equation. The other 50% is in the brewing. Alisha and I will teach you how to brew up a cup of coffee that your Great-Grandmother would be proud of.
I’ve spent the last decade trying every kind of coffee brewing technique imaginable and trying to perfect that brewing method. At the end of the day, some brewing methods weren’t my cup of tea (pun intended).
What I did like were the methods, like tea, that steeped the coffee grounds in water. The details of my experimentation and conclusions can be found in my article “How To Make The Smoothest Cup of Coffee”. Just Click Here.
Your Personal Coffee Roaster
When we moved to Coeur d’Alene Idaho, we thought that most of our customers would come from Coeur d’Alene. They didn’t. Today, 95% of our fresh roasted coffee gets shipped to customers all over the United States. Just last week we shipped to:
- Spokane WA
- Bellevue NE
- Bronxville NY
- Henderson NV
- Clancy MT
- McLean VA
- Georgetown TX
- Sellersville PA
- Taylorville, IL
- Brooklyn MN
- Gillette WY
- Lebanon OR
- just to name a few
Originally our goal was to be know as the best Coeur d’Alene Coffee Roaster. Today, our goal is to just be your coffee roaster.
Lake City Coffee Owners
To Alisha and I (Russell), Lake City Coffee is more of a passion than it is a business. Sure we’ve grown like gang busters, but that’s not our focus. Our focus is creating great whole bean coffee that we love and then sharing it with you.
Lake City Coffee is our third successful business in the last 20 years. We can honestly say that this has been the most fun we’ve ever had. We’ve made hundreds of good friends all across this wonderful country.
We love what we do and most of all we love talking with our customers. We talk about politics, religion, art, history, and yes coffee. So, if you’re so inclined to find great coffee and fun people to buy from, then give us a try. I’m pretty confident that you’ll love the experience and the coffee too.