Established in Avalon on the romantic Santa Catalina Island by Lorren Dawes, former publisher of CoffeeHouse Digest, Catalina Island Roast Coffee is filling a gap by roasting coffee locally and has seized the title of “the only coffee roaster on the Island.”
“In 2015 I married Harbor Patrolman Dave Dawes (who has lived on the Island since age four) and was looking for a great locally roasted coffee. I discovered a few cafes that serve coffee, but not one roaster!”
Hence the process of setting up the business of roasting coffee began in Avalon. “I want to turn locals and tourists on to locally micro-roasted coffee sourced from around the world and roast it to its nuanced perfection to bring out all the tasting notes enhanced by the sea air and humidity.”
Lorren, a California native, has traveled to Hawaiian coffee farms to observe the processing of coffee from harvesting all the way through to the roasting. “For anyone who has never been to a coffee farm, I would highly recommend it. The steps to processing coffee are tedious and one wrong move can potentially ruin it, and that includes roasting,” says Lorren.
Currently, Lorren spends her days roasting coffee, brewing it for her Husband Dave and frolicking along with their dog #Buckley on his Island Explorations and beyond.
To create excitement for this high-end specialty coffee micro-roasted on Santa Catalina Island.
To use only the finest organic arabica and hybrid coffee beans from various regions around the globe.
To employ the most stringent freshness standard by hand-scooping and packaging our coffee within one week of roasting.
To offer outstanding knowledge to educate our guests about coffee through our coffee cupping and roasting lab experiences.
To give back through involvement in community outreach programs such as the literacy group the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy.
To grab life by the beans and continue living the dream.