WE BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
Marigold’s process begins and ends with quality. The mysterious alchemy of soil, climate, altitude, farming technique, post-harvest handling, roasting and finally, brew method all contribute to the final product in your cup.
To bring you the best coffees, our job begins with the hunt for high quality, unique green coffees, purchased when they’re at their seasonal best. Just as your local farmer’s market features produce according to the time of year, coffee has a similar integrity and seasonality — a moment in time when the bean is at its most delicious and complex, whether it’s grown in El Salvador or Ethiopia.Check Out Our Coffee Menu
The part we play–procurement and roasting—is but one small link in the chain of events impacting quality. Knowing just how many people and livelihoods are involved in getting coffees to the Marigold roastery – the farmers, the pickers, the buyers, the shippers –and the love and labor involved in every step of the way—brings with it a sense of responsibility.
Marigold’s creativity is inspired by the constantly changing array of coffees curated from skilled farmers and coops growing mostly smaller lots. Trying new things is always on our mind and menu. But our craving for novelty is balanced by meticulous roasting methodology, which requires a constant tinkering and refinement, as well as patience to stay focused on the details.
Marigold Coffee is a small-batch coffee roastery located in SE Portland. As part of a west coast family who’ve been farming the same land for a century, Marigold owners Joey and Cassy come from a rich tradition of growing and harvesting food. Every aspect of their business is influenced by their deep appreciation for farming and a dedication to understanding where their coffee comes from.
Before focusing on coffee Joey developed her palette working in various high-end Portland restaurants as a trained chef. Her experience as the child of a long line of cooks and farmers helped developed her interest and passion for food and technique. She found her real calling after delving into coffee roasting. Once all Joey’s shirts are thoroughly stained with coffee goodness, she takes a break by watching and playing soccer, working in her garden, or foraging goodies from the Oregon woods and coastline.
Originally from Oregon, Cassy Gleason lived in Brooklyn for the past 15 years, working in social service and public policy before recently moving back to Portland. As her fascination with the coffee industry grew, she returned to Portland to join her sister at Marigold leading the company’s brand management and sales. She’s a wildlife loving, dance class enthusiast; all made possible thanks to massive quantities of Nine Bar.
Libby Allen is a “jill of all trades.” Now Marigold Coffee’s lead Espresso trainer and primary account manager, she has 8 years experience in the industry. You can find her behind the roaster, overseeing the cafe, educating servers, and fixing any number of problems, all with a giant smile. Her laugh is a known cure for headaches.