The cafe began selling and brewing its own branded beans two weeks ago, offering a “Union Blend” espresso, as well as a number of roasted coffees supplied by Seattle’s Atlas Coffee Importers. The roasting operation is being run by Keith Gehrke in his Pacheco, Calif., workshop.
Gehrke previously roasted for Flying Goat Coffee and Coava Coffee Roasters — both of which were carried by Local 123 — before he founded Able Brewing, makers of the Kone filter, a company he still runs.
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