Owner, Jen St. Hilaire signed on at Seattle's Espresso Vivace in 1995, upon realizing she'd been mistaken regarding the fundamentally bitter nature of coffee. She pursued roasting perfection there as head roaster and wholesale manager until she retired in 1999, relocating to the Bay Area to expand her opportunities as a rock musician. Shortly after, Jen consulted with longtime Vivace customer, Andrew Barnett, to help start his roasting company, Ecco Caffe in Santa Rosa. Jen shared her roasting expertise with Ecco until 2005, when she began to turn her attention to her own entrepreneurial aspirations. Scarlet City opened in 2009, and is a woman-owned, organic-certified coffee roasting company in West Oakland, specializing in hand-crafted espresso blends and single-origin coffees from woman-owned/milled farms. We also really like sci-fi.
ITEMS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE:
Warp Drive Espresso Blend
Lightspeed Organic Espresso Blend
Electric Sheep Organic Decaf Espresso Blend
Robot Dreams Decaf Espresso Blend
Various seasonal single-origin coffees from woman-owned/milled/supportive farms
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