The Sheldrake Coffee Blog

The Coffee King, by Barbara Steck

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Mike Sheldrake opened Polly’s Gourmet Coffee in 1976 at the end of Second Street in Belmont Shore. Forty-four years later, he is still roasting coffee beans every morning in the same location. Mike bought the coffee part of the business from Polly’s Pies in 1989 after having worked there since high school. He wanted to learn the business from roots to roasting, and the result was Polly’s Gourmet Coffee.

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We Survived 2020!

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We Survived 2020!

We all know this year had been challenging to say the least, and as a small business owner I would personally like to say "thank you" to every person who purchased a cup of coffee, pound of beans, and more. Without you we couldn't have made it through and we continue to survive because of your support.

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New Name, Same Jokes

New Name, Same Jokes

Yup, it's still us! The only things changing is our name, from Polly's Gourmet Coffee to Sheldrake Coffee Roasting. Our owner, Mike Sheldrake, wants to more clearly communicate his 45 year mission of perfecting the art of coffee roasting. After all, it's what we do.

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Sheldrake Vs. Starbucks

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Sheldrake Vs. Starbucks

Did you know? Our owner and founder Mike Sheldrake took on Starbucks in 1999 with the help of The Retail Doctor, as one of their first clients. They have two great articles you can read about the success here and here. This caused such a big stir that Mike was interviewed by OC Weekly, a stunning piece that you can read here, and even made it into the New York Times. Mike was also invited to speak on guerrilla marketing at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City! The history of Mike Sheldrake and his impact...

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La Minita

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La Minita

Our first pick for Coffee of the Month is La Minita, a delightful medium roast from the beautiful farm in Tarrazu, Costa Rica.

"Hacienda La Minita was founded on the principle that coffee is much more than a commodity and should be enjoyed as luxuriously as an exquisite glass of wine or a gourmet meal."

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