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All grown up: Olympia Coffee set to expand to Seattle, Tacoma

Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. opened its expanded location downtown across from Olympia City Hall in 2015.
Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. opened its expanded location downtown across from Olympia City Hall in 2015. Staff file, 2015

Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., which operates three cafes in Olympia, is set to open new cafes in West Seattle and Tacoma this fall.

The West Seattle location, at 3810 California Ave. SW, is expected to open in September or October, while the Tacoma location is set for November, owner Oliver Stormshak said Sunday.

The Tacoma location will open in the city’s Proctor neighborhood at 2601 N. Proctor St., the site of a former Radio Shack.

“It’s awesome to be reinvesting in my hometown,” said Stormshak, a Tacoma native.

Olympia Coffee will share the Tacoma location with Lapis Tacoma, which will open a handmade jewelry store, he said. Lapis Tacoma is owned by the team behind the gift store Compass Rose and the toy store Captain Little in downtown Olympia. Compass Rose also has a location in Tacoma.

The Tacoma cafe will serve espresso, pour-over-coffees, espresso milkshakes, affogatos and the “nitro coffee float,” according to a news release.

The business also will roast coffee on site and serve French pastries.

Stormshak said he expects Lapis Tacoma to open in the Proctor location in the next couple of months.

Olympia Coffee Roasting was formed in 2005, then bought by Stormshak and business partner Sam Schroeder in 2010. Since then, the business has grown to employ 35, up from seven, Stormshak said.

The business also was the first recipient of the city’s Grow Olympia Fund in 2015, a small business loan program that provides loans at low interest rates for several business needs, including expansion.

Olympia Coffee poured that money into a new cafe, production area and headquarters at Cherry Street and Fourth Avenue, opposite Olympia City Hall.

The business, too, was recognized as the Micro Roaster of the Year in 2013.

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