Sean Lee, Founder of Seven Coffee Roasters
In 2006, I started roasting coffee in a small cafe in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood with the goal of bringing my Hawaiian roots to Seattle’s coffee scene. From the start, my business was rooted in family and community, so I thought there was no better tribute to name my company after my grandma.
My grandma taught me many of the values that I carry on today. As grandkids, I affectionately called her “nana," which in Japanese means Seven.
By 2009, Seven Coffee evolved into a wholesale vendor, supplying fresh coffee to cafes, markets, bakeries, and restaurants in Puget Sound region. Our aim was to bring great, no-fuss, affordable coffee. We became known as the small roaster for small businesses, and the moniker stuck.
We opened our cafe and market in 2012, settling into the Ravenna neighborhood’s beloved Boulevard Grocery. To this day, we are the (unofficial) longest-running grocery location in Seattle. Come for the coffee, stay for the neighborhood atmosphere, local products, and good vibes.
Today, Seven Coffee Roasters can still be found at many small businesses around Puget Sound. Our signature coffee beans are available for purchase online, and we’ll ship them straight to your home.
We're a small team, and if you've ordered coffee from us, chances are I've had a hand in roasting, bagging, and shipping your coffee.
We roast our coffee daily in White Center, Seattle. Our values of hard-work, integrity, and compassion still serve as a tribute to the woman who inspired our name.