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The evolution Diva Espresso had its beginnings by two partners who brought her to life in January of 1992 ultimately thriving in the neighborhoods of Greenwood and West Seattle. Although Diva had her growing pains, original founding owner Mele Olsen and managing partner Greg Hamper retained her essence and nurtured her excellence through the addition of new Diva locations at Stoneway, The Smith Tower , The Highlands, and two Downtown locations bringing the total number of Diva owned entities to seven. In addition, Diva’s first franchise location was added to the Diva Family at the SeaTac Airport in 2004, bringing the total number of Diva locations to eight.

In 2001, Diva’s owners came to a timely realization that noteworthy coffee only originates with decent, evenhanded, fair and equitable relationships between grower, broker, roaster, and consumer. It was, and continues to be Diva’s belief that the inestimable effect human dignity has on anything produced through heart and sweat and spirit is essential to the quality and success of that product. By being involved in the process from inception to resolution, it is Diva’s belief that not only was the end product superb, but incomparable and deeply satisfying, but that all was right in the world...every step of the way.

This led to the founding of Highlands Coffee Company, exclusive custom roaster of Diva Espresso Fine Coffees, operating in North Seattle and offering high end product infused with the care, knowledge, art and vision of all who had a hand in bringing to you. In early 2004 Highlands Coffee Company moved its roasting from store level to a much larger space, adding a roaster almost twice the capacity of their first roaster. Plans are in the works for an open-to-the-public cupping room and training space.

Come take part in the Wondrous Adventure of the Bean, as we foster its transformation from Splendid Newcomer to Perfection-In-A-Cup!





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