Underground Coffee

Interrupting Mass Incarceration. One Cup At A Time.

The official homepage for Underground Coffee in Skagit Valley, WA. Employing the formerly incarcerated. Farm direct with Honduras. 

A Complex Cup of Coffee Starts Underground

That is, in the soil. These beans are grown in the cool Honduran mountains by the Tierra Nueva founding farmers. The village-to-village movement has been about restoring the land and getting at the roots of poverty and violence in Central America for over thirty years.

This soil conservation project then partners with Tierra Nueva's ongoing work in Washington's Skagit Valley: accompanying men and women leaving America's "underground" of crime, jail, prison, addiction, debt, and living in the shadows. Together we find a community of belonging, compassion, and we put our hands to new work.

Some of these recovering ex-offenders are now single-origin artisan coffee roasters.

The art of coffee roasting is the craft of transformation. Through our work and business partnerships, we are together undergoing a heart transformation much like the coffee beans spilling out of the roasting drum: first hard as rocks, then warmed, absorbing and passing new energy as we mix, soon doubling in size, cracked open, shedding our old layers, and discovering our own unique character and complexity.

Men and women are emerging from the shadows of the underground economy with partial employment support, dignity, and community. And with each sip, the wider community is connected to this underground change.

We are a vertically-integrated coffee enterprise, seeking healing and empowerment from seed to soil to roast to cup . . . to you.


Learn more about:

How we are interrupting mass incarceration

Our farm-direct mission in Honduras


Single Origin Flavor Profile

cocoa and caramel flavors with a delicate citrus finish

"Recovering ex-offenders are now artisan coffee roasting employees."