Locally owned coffee shops and roasters are nearly ubiquitous around the Inland Northwest. But it wasn’t always that way. The region has seen an explosion of healthy growth in the culture of coffee over the past 10 years, and it’s partly thanks to one Spokane-based coffee roaster. This year, Cravens Coffee Company celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Several major moments led to this milestone, starting in the late 1980s when the “third wave” of coffee truly gained momentum in Seattle. Starbucks was emerging as a strong retail presence, and Seattle’s Best Coffee was opening new wholesale accounts every day.