From The Roaster
ABOUT ALABASTER COFFEE & TEA
Alabaster Coffee & Tea is a small family-owned coffee bar and micro-roaster nestled in the hardwood forests of the northern tier of Pennsylvania. At their core, Alabaster Coffee & Tea exists to cultivate relationships through the elevation of coffee culture.
Alabaster’s guiding has always been to “cultivate relationships through the elevation of coffee culture.” This means an intentionality in all things coffee and community; this includes our community of local patrons, our staff, our importers, our farmers, everyone that we have the good fortune to come in contact with through this endeavor.
Our hope is to transform the perception of the specialty coffee industry, our city through positive relationships, our business community through excellent practices, and the lives of producers through ethical importer sourcing, as well as direct-trade relationships when possible. Coffee and people are held in a wonderful collaboration, and we want to see transformation of both through one another.
HOW WE GOT STARTED
Alabaster began in the fall of 2010. My background was in music and ministry, and coffee just happened to be a great hobby of mine. I first experienced locally roasted fresh coffee while apprenticing at a local violin shop, and that was where my obsession started. Through college and after, I was always looking for the next step in the process — brew methods, regional roasters, sourcing, and home roasting.
When my family moved back to Williamsport, there was very little coffee scene in the city. Beginning a renaissance of transformation, Alabaster was the answer of a desire to bring excellent coffee and a building of relationships in our community. We were the first in our region of Pennsylvania to work at bringing specialty coffee culture to our area. While many of our coffees come from specialty importers, we work directly with a co-op of farms in Nicaragua, with whom we visit and work with annually, which has been a huge step for a small shop in the middle of the forest in PA.