Photo by the author: A cinnamon brown sugar latte from Elliott and Murray Coffee Roastery and Cafe.
Everyone here in the pacific northwest runs on coffee. It is as necessary to us as water and oxygen.
It is the reason why you will love this new cafe and coffee roastery located locally in Hillsboro, Oregon. It is tucked away in a business park, but it is a convenient location right off of Cornelius Pass.
The front room of the cafe features shelves of coffee roasted on-site as well as coffee brewing equipment. I bought my French press here as well as other goodies and gifts.
I love the focus on local products here. Locally blended tea by my friend Sally at Mama Te-a Tea is on offer at the cafe. Although I love coffee, I also love tea, so it is a treat to pick up some here.
You can also purchase reusable straw mason jars for all of your cold coffee drinks. There is a fantastic selection of goods to choose from, and they make great gifts as well. They are always adding more to their collection of great items on offer.
Photo by the author: Local tea, soaps, mason jar staw cups, and more!
The second room in the cafe is a coffee bar. You can order hot or iced coffee drinks as well as a nitro cold brew on tap. I love to pick up some treats to go along with my coffee, such as muffin tops, biscotti, and shortbread.
The smell of the fresh espresso brewing is intoxicating.
Keri Elliott, the owner, loves supporting other local businesses. She partnered with two coffee roasters to share her space. It is fun to see coffee roasting happening through the window.
Elliott and Murrey Cafe and Roastery is a place full of heart and soul. Keri roasts every single bean with care and consideration for the flavor it will impart. It is why it is the only coffee that I buy and enjoy in my home.
I have known the owner of this cafe since the early days of her coffee roasting business.
Her passion for high-quality coffee roasting started as an experiment in her home kitchen.
She then moved on to renting a space in Portland to roast her coffee and meet growing demand. When I first met her, I knew I had to order her coffee right away. From the first sip, I was in love.
Photo by the author: Great coffee brewing equipment for sale.
Keri roasts a lot of single-origin coffees and has also created a lot of unique blends. My favorite is her Woah Dude Espresso blend. It is one I love to keep on hand at home to make everything from Americanos to cappuccinos.
Another stand out is her sugar cane processed decaf coffee. It is called Colombia Tolima Manzinales Decaf. It is the only decaf I have at home because it has such a lovely flavor.
She is always experimenting with roasting new coffee beans and does a great job of supporting coffee farmers in other countries. She has teamed up with a family-run farm in Honduras to create her Finca El Conejo Honduras coffee.
You can purchase her coffee in the store or order it online from her website. It is free to pick up your order from the cafe if you live locally.
She also offers coffee club memberships that afford you one to two pounds of coffee per month. These also make a perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life!
Photo by the author: My favorite blend: Whoa Dude Espresso.
Keri's love for her craft shines. I love her calm California vibe. Whenever I chat with her while I pick up my coffee order from the shop, I feel at ease.
I call her a coffee artist. Each bean she roasts and every cup of coffee she brews is pure magic.
Yesterday while making a delicious brown sugar cinnamon latte for me, she told me how to make the perfect French press coffee and room temperature cold brew. She is very knowledgeable about everything to do with coffee.
A few minutes in this cafe will transport you to a relaxing state. Come in for a cup of coffee, a treat, and a bag of beans, and you will leave with a big smile on your face.
That is what happened to me yesterday.
I loved chatting with Keri about her business and getting through the pandemic. I love that she still went through with her plans for the cafe and roastery at the start of 2020.
She is a very hard worker, very conscientious, and a big believer in supporting others along the way.
I remember how fun it was to follow her on social media, watching her space transform into what it is today. She hired local woman-owned contractors to do the job.
Photo by the author: The coffee bar at Elliott and Murrey Coffee Roasters. You can see into the roasting area through the window.
It is a beautiful thing to behold when someone builds a business from scratch. The belief in the power of creating something new to offer to the world is palpable. It is how this cafe feels to me.
Her love of local support shines through every day.
While we chatted for a few minutes yesterday, she told me how much she appreciated the local community rallying around her. She always looks to reciprocate wherever she can.
You can be sure that when you step into this cafe, you are like family.
Photo by the author: Coffee bar with menu and ordering area.
She has partnered with the local Three Mugs Brewing Company in the same complex to create an espresso stout beer together. It is called "Woah Dude Espresso Stout."
I believe that along with her drive to create delicious local coffee, partnerships with local businesses, and her love for her craft, Keri's cafe will grow even stronger this year and beyond.
Here is the information you need to visit this great local spot. Stop in for a coffee, and you will go home feeling happy.
Elliott and Murrey Cafe and Roastery Location:
2038 NE Aloclek Drive Ste 219, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124.
(It is in the second row of businesses)
Monday-Friday 8 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.
You can use the Joe Coffee App or Post Mates to order ahead.