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Oakland-based coffee roastery and cafe serving our community and giving back to the world . . . one cup at a time!
Oakland-based coffee roastery and cafe serving our community and giving back to the world . . . one cup at a time!
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It’s four in the morning and the symphony of machinery begins, this raw coffee has traveled halfway around the world and it is time to showcase all of its beauty. Coffee roasting is a sensual art, a dance performed by human and machine.

The final product is unique with each individual coffee expressing origin, weather patterns, and time of year—This is nature and it's constantly keeping us on our toes—precisely why we love it. We are ready to share our passion with you.

Our goal is twofold: make the best damn coffee in Oakland and do it by supporting farmers around the world. 

Jewel Box Coffee Roasters will never compromise integrity or quality. We are committed to roasting unique coffee as the final realization of a beautifully intricate agricultural process. The smell of a dry processes Ethiopian coffee, baked blueberry pie and maple syrup, lingering in the air is a wonderful moment, something everyone should experience.

This 1953 Probat L12 will be the heart of our operation as we craft small batch coffee for our cafe, your home, and local businesses that share our philosophy of handcrafted goods. In our cafe you will experience the skills of the barista with various coffee preparations of single origin coffee and seasonal blends. Jewel Box Coffee Roasters will also feature handmade tea blends, sodas, and syrups inspired by our locality and seasons. 

1953 Probat L12
1953 Probat L12

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?

Brad Joyce is a talented coffee roaster with over seven years of professional roasting experience. His passion for roasting combined with supporting sustainable growing practices is the impetus to open his own business. He believes the magic (and science) of roasting should be experienced by all patrons. Jewel Box Coffee Roasters will feature their 1953 Probat L12 as an integral part of the roastery and cafe, so you can come down, chat with us, learn about the process and enjoy the goodness in the cup. 

Brad is currently the head roaster at Oakland’s Roast Co, recently voted “Best Artisinal Coffee” by the East Bay Express. Through his time with other notable Bay Area roasters, Brad’s network of sourcing, his commitment to product quality, and raw talent as a roaster have thoroughly prepared him for this commitment to Jewel Box Coffee Roasters. 

Kate August is the bar manager at the consistently highly ranked and well-respected restaurant -- Pizzaiolo. Between back-of-house organization, front-of-house service, and handcrafting drink menus, Kate believes in creating environments that cultivate strong and vibrant communities – on both sides of the bar. Her experience will be instrumental in developing Jewel Box Coffee Roasters as both a sustainable business as well as a community.

 Join our community and let us serve you . . . one cup at a time! 

Risks and challenges

With your help, our extensive knowledge of the industry and a ton of elbow grease, we can begin building our business from the ground up.

We will have many challenges along the way from permitting to construction, but we are confident our passion for this project (and some delicious coffee) will help us overcome these obstacles.

When we get the roastery up and running, your contributions will be gratefully rewarded. Please note all shipping is within the continental US only. Arrangements will be made for our friends elsewhere.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Schneider, Miles Steuding, Rebecca Jay & aviv for making this video possible and to all of you for your support!

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    Once our roaster is operating, you will receive a 12 oz bag of coffee of your choice and five drinks on us.

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    Once our roaster is operating, you will receive six 12 oz bags of coffee of your choice and four handcrafted tea blends by Kate.

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    With this contribution you will receive a 12 oz bag of coffee monthly for a year, roaster tour for four people, and a special gift from Kate.

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    With this contribution you will receive a 12 oz bag of coffee, of your choice, once a month for two years.
    A roaster tour, including private cupping and sweet treats for up to six people.

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    You will receive forty hours of one on one roaster training which includes hands on experience, coffee education, roaster tour and more coffee than you'll want to drink!

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