How did we start?
Our Story & Vision
Paul Odom established Fonté Coffee Roaster in 1992, with the intention to offer quality dark roast to Seattle. Fonté’s Master Roaster, Steve Smith, joined Paul to bring many years of coffee roasting experience to Fonté. Steve’s wealth of coffee knowledge and Paul’s drive to create a successful business were the recipe for success. Today Fonté roasts daily at their headquarters located in Georgetown. Fonté also has a joint venture with a hospitality management company in Dublin, Ireland which supplies Ireland and the EU with Fonté coffee and equipment services. Fonté offers wholesale coffee for high-end hospitality, including hotels, restaurants and independent coffee bars as well as online at fontecoffee.com. Additionally, there are two Fonté Cafe bars, located in downtown Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. Fonté Cafe & Wine Bar became the first bar to become LEED’s certified in Seattle back in 2010.
“Fonté is known for the roast to order format originally developed to support wholesale clients so they could better compete against the chain coffee bar operators. To this day we still follow this format. Our hospitality clients get the same quality as our own coffee bars and online customers. If you order from Fonté before 6:00 am, we roast your order and ship your coffee that afternoon. This sort of standard is unheard of in a roasting facility producing over a million pounds of coffee annually. We’re always pushing. When we opened in 2010, Fonté was the first independent coffee bar to open a full scratch kitchen and wine bar, which is located adjacent to the Seattle Four Seasons.”- Paul Odom
Why Fonté Coffee Roaster?
Gourmet & Artisanal Products
Fonté takes pride in creating fresh roasted coffee that deserves the label of gourmet and specialty coffee. We roast each batch of coffee beans daily to deliver only the freshest, fullest profile specialty coffee beans to your door. We also have coffee subscriptions for our customers who have come to appreciate freshly roasted coffee beans, but don’t want to take time out of their busy schedule to order coffee weekly. Fonté also offers coffee beans wholesale across the United States. In addition, Fonté offers all the coffee gear you will need to brew our coffee and tea to perfection including: coffee machines, grinders, coffee mugs, and more available for easy purchase online. Fonté is truly a one stop shop for all of your specialty coffee needs.
What does Fonté Offer?
Specialty Coffee & Tea
Fonté Coffee Roaster offers Single Origins like Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Natural and Myanmar Sin Net Chaung that highlight the unique, distinguishable attributes of a particular region. There are coffee Blends like F2, Fonte AA, Bin 16 and First Avenue that highlight an artisanal style of coffee roasting by combining beans to create unique blends. The signature Uptown Blend was created in collaboration with Fonté 25 years ago by the previous owner of Uptown Espresso. For the evenings, Decafs like Decaf Awareness and Decaf Espresso might be ideal for you. Tea lovers who want a deep red cup of Assam tea or orange pekoe with a touch of black currant are invited to pick from 7 varieties of Black tea, the refreshing Jasmine Green tea and 3 varieties of Herbal Teas.
Leading the Industry
Roast to Order Quality Since 1992
The unmistakable flavor and complex character you’ll find in every cup of Fonté Coffee are the result of hours of meticulous craftsmanship and care. We hand roast our beans in smaller, artisan batches to deliver the fullest flavor profile and expression. Our roast to order program ensures coffee is delivered as fresh as possible. It’s simple; you order, and we ship your coffee within 24 hours of roasting for guaranteed quality. Our coffees complete the definition of hospitality by making high quality craft coffee commercially viable. We are constantly striving to be the best and push the limits of what it means to bring quality coffee to our customers.
As a proud high quality coffee brand, Fonté Coffee takes pride in our partnership with Pike Market Child Care and Preschool (PMCCP). Every year, Fonté Coffee holds its annual charity event with 100% of the proceeds going towards PMCCP’s meal program.