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Pollard Coffee in Wine Spectator

Check out the latest Wine Spectator for a fabulous article about Robin Pollard who roasts and blends our Watson Kennedy Pollard Coffee for us. Robin comes from a wine background, as she was the director of the Washington Wine Commission. She approaches her coffee with the same passion, palate and expertise as a vintner.

Her home and roasting facility is on our beloved Vashon Island. I have also written about Robin and the sublime wines she produces from her vineyard for a few Wine Wednesday posts. Her coffee is truly artisanal, as she roasts, blends and bags our coffee herself. She even hand delivered our latest batch the other day. Our blend has become much loved, with us shipping it quite often to folks who want to drink only the very finest coffee. Click here to link to our website if interested.

Have the BEST week-end! X, TKW



WK Holiday Kick-off Open House This Saturday

Please join us this coming Saturday, the 18th of November, for our kick-off to the season Holiday Open House at our First & Spring location. It will be a festive day with all sorts of fun happening. Robin from Pollard Coffee will be pouring our Watson Kennedy Special Blend from 10 to noon. From noon to 2 the kind folks from Seattle Canning Company will be serving their beyond yummy treats atop Sea Wolf bread. Jeanne McKay Hartmann will be painting in shop from 1 to 4, creating her annual Holiday piece that has become a WK tradition-they are the fabulousness below. Throughout the day we will be pouring a special bubbly Gruet concoction as well as sparkling apple cider. We will be offering our signature gift wrap to all your shop purchases. It is always such a delightful day, I so hope you can join us! 



Kick-off to Holiday Open House, This Saturday

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 each week so there are tons of new options for all of your gift giving needs. Hope to see you there!



Pollard Coffee ‘Watson Kennedy Special Blend’

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.