As former professional cyclists, two wheels paved the way to many great opportunities. From racing in Europe, meeting each other, to arriving in Santa Barbara and calling it home. We switched gears in 2011 and directed our focus to roasting some of the best coffees in the world and offering them to you. Our goal is to link our appreciation for the coffee farmers to you, through each fresh roasted bag at Handlebar Coffee Roasters – Downtown.
We were fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue our dreams and race at a world class level. As a result, we have a lifetime of memories and experiences that we promise will be reflected in the energy that we bring to handlebar coffee. Our ultimate goal as micro-roasters is to provide an extraordinary coffee experience that’s environmentally conscientious and undeniably delicious.
The couple attended the American Coffee & Barista School in Portland, Oregon (Olson’s hometown), gaining in-depth knowledge about specialty coffee and latte art. Also available are pastries from Renaud’s Patisserie, bagels from the I.V. Bagel Café, Smith Teas and local company Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolates for hot chocolate and mochas.
Handlebar roasts 2-3 times weekly, with beans purchased from Central & South America, as well as Africa.