Our Story


Jasper’s Coffee Company started as a small mobile cart at Virginia Mason, Federal Way in May of 1991. The espresso movement in Seattle was just starting to take off. Those were the days when it was still unusual to see espresso sold in a mall, store, or hospital. The concept of serving freshly ground coffee intrigued Rick and Dawn, who decided to open under the name Espresso Express on the site of our current Deli Cafe. The price of a mobile cart was high, so Rick designed and built one himself. Rick became a popular character in the building, preparing all the beverages, and Dawn worked behind the scenes doing the stock and bookkeeping. In May of 1993 they opened a second cart in front of the McMicken Heights Safeway in Seatac.

After her husband passed away in the fall of 1993, Dawn began running Barista shifts along with managing the business. On Christmas Eve, 1996 Dawn closed down the Safeway cart and opened the current Drive-Thru across the street. A year later Safeway requested Dawn reopen her cart, which she did, and ran it for a few more years until it was replaced by corporate coffee. About this time, Virgina Mason approached Dawn about running a Deli. After an extensive remodel, our new Deli/Cafe opened in November of 2002.

In 2001, the call of the Barista competitions became too strong to resist. Learning more about espresso and the finer points of its preparation, while always important, became stronger as the company geared up to compete. Reflecting this new direction, the company changed its name to Jasper’s Coffee Company. Jasper’s Baristas became well known among competitors as contenders to look out for. With her Baristas consistently placing in the finals, Dawn decided to become a judge. She became certified to judge regionally, nationally, and then internationally in the World Barista Competition held in Berne, Switzerland.

Jasper’s has taken a break from competing for awhile, but is committed to training every new Barista with the same high standards, skills, and coffee knowledge required for Barista competitions. Fine espresso is an art and a joy. It is our pleasure to share our craft with our customers.

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