Please join us, this Saturday the 19th, at our Fine Home shop at First & Spring, for our Holiday Open House. Music will fill the air, sparkling cider and mimosas will be served, along with our yummy coffee made for us by Pollard Coffee on Vashon Island. Robin, the owner and roaster extraordinaire will be joining us from 10 to noon. Louis Sherry truffles from New York will also be enjoyed. Then at 1 o’clock artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann will once again join us for an afternoon of painting. She has created another special piece (above image) that she will personalize on the spot to make a truly special gift. For those of you who bought one last year, you can start a collection. The shop shelves are brimming with oodles of gift options. We will be wrapping away. I so hope you can join us. The following Saturday, the 26th, we will be celebrating the Market shop 18th anniversary & Holiday Open House, so if you can’t make this week-end, maybe we will see you then. Or come to both! I love that idea. If you can’t make either, please know we are adding more and more to www.WatsonKennedy.com each week so there are tons of new options for all of your gift giving needs. Hope to see you there!
To say I am over the moon to introduce you to our ‘WK Special Blend’ Pollard Coffee would be a slight understatement. For this is quite possibly the finest coffee I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy, so the fact that we now have it to share with everyone and sell at the shop and online–well it just makes me incredibly happy.
Let me start from the beginning. Friends who had come to dinner at WestWard awhile back mentioned the coffee to us. We had actually had a bag open that we were currently enjoying so we were aware of Pollard, but an introduction from our friends to the owner Robin shortly thereafter got the wheels in motion. Within the week, we were standing among the beans as she showed us around her property as well as where she roasts these exquisite beans. Her husband is the creator of Andrew Will Winery, so part of the tour was their lovely home and winery. Oh, I failed to mention, Robin lives and roasts her coffee on Vashon Island. How perfect is that!
I have long wanted to offer coffee for sale at WK, but seriously, Seattle is such a coffee city that I felt I needed to have a connection to it to really make it all work. So the fact that Robin personally roasts the beans in small batches on Vashon was just the connection I was waiting for. Serendipity, if you will. She comes from a wine background, so her palate is spot on. She blends with an artists touch, creating coffee that is truly exceptional. Sourcing her beans from around the globe, our blend she roasted up for us using a mixture from Columbia & Costa Rica. We did several rounds of tastings to get to this blend, and I have to say, it is sublime.
We are honored to now be offering it at Watson Kennedy. We will be pouring complimentary cups over the next few days at our First & Spring shop, so stop in if you are in the neighborhood.