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Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. is pleased to announce that, after ten months of owning, operating, learning and refining, Le Reve Bakery is changing its name to Moonrise Bakery and is brought to you by the team at Olympia Coffee.

“Sam [Co-Owner] and I have always passionately believed that carefully crafted pastries and food are an important part of the experience at Olympia Coffee, whether you are taking your order to go or are sitting in one of our cafes. They add to your enjoyment of your drink, and of your visit to the cafe,” said Olympia Coffee Co-Owner Oliver Stormshak. “The pandemic pushed this goal to the forefront of our minds as we scrambled for a way to survive through reduced capacity and stay-at-home orders.”

Olympia Coffee’s longtime wholesale partner, a baker we had worked with since they started in their garage and who grew with us to all six Olympia Coffee locations, decided to close during the first two months of the pandemic. As they geared up toward re-opening their own cafe location, they decided they no longer wanted to provide wholesale pastry.

Sam and Oliver then reached out to Olympia Coffee’s first and longest-standing wholesale partner, Le Reve Bakery on the Queen Anne hill in Seattle. The conversation began with the Olympia Coffee team begging the owner of Le Reve, Andrea Nakata, for wholesale pastries. Soon, Andrea expressed interest in moving on, and the conversation became about the opportunity for Olympia Coffee to take over the bakery. In July of 2020, Olympia Coffee began operating Le Reve Bakery under their ownership.

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Mastering the craft

Under the leadership of Molly Rautenstrauch, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and former manager of Olympia Coffee’s Downtown Olympia cafe, as General Manager of the Le Reve – Moonrise Bakery project, and long-time bakery Production Manager Alex Martinez, Olympia Coffee has honed the craft of baking, focused on improving the pastry program, and remodeled the cafe at Moonrise. We have brought in Shawn Mead from Vif and Petite Soif as a consultant to curate and educate the bakery staff on natural wines, and have put together one of the best natural wine bottle shops in the city. Over the fall and winter, as Covid-19 lingered, the Moonrise team dreamed up a long-term outdoor seating solution; inspired by the design and cafe trends of Asia, we created an “Outdoor House,” open on all sides for good ventilation but glass-covered with large eaves to protect from the Seattle rain.

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It’s all about the pastries

In the last ten months, we have entered into the world of fine craft baking, with a focus on traditional, french influenced lamination, including kouign amann, twice-baked almond croissant, pain au chocolate, and our newest release, an individual lemon olive oil cake.

Each of these pastries are available at Moonrise Bakery and at all Olympia Coffee locations, with an additional selection available at the Moonrise Bakery location in Queen Anne. As we settle into this next chapter, we will continue to innovate and expand our offerings and look forward to introducing new, delicious options.

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Outdoor seating at Moonrise Bakery.

And yes, the coffee!

While Olympia Coffee has always been served at Le Reve Bakery, the coffee program has seen a major upgrade. Olympia Coffee’s award-winning barista trainer Reyna Callejo, as well as NW Barista and Coffee in Good Spirits champion, Olympia Coffee co-owner Sam Schroeder, have trained and continue to work with the front of house staff. Olympia Coffee’s award-winning Fair for All coffees will be brewed with a Slayer LP built in Seattle and there will be Fetco batch brewed coffee available.

Excitingly, Moonrise is the only location within the Olympia Coffee family to pull shots of Big Truck Organic Espresso, one of the highest-rated espresso blends in specialty coffee. Big Truck has won the title of America’s Best Espresso and is a Good Food Award finalist.

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Cafe interior at Moonrise Bakery.

So why the name change?

Changing the name from Le Reve to Moonrise was a tough decision. We want to honor Le Reve and the customers who have supported it for over a decade, and ultimately the business is shifting directions. Over the past ten months, Le Reve customers could see and taste the change.  After many discussions, we are moving forward with Moonrise Bakery, a name that takes its inspiration from our croissants and the gentle rising of our pastries while baking.

Our goal at Moonrise Bakery is to create the best bakery coffee shop in the Pacific Northwest and to elevate the quality of our pastries to the same level as our coffee. Moonrise Bakery will also dig deep into our bakery supply chain, in the same way, we do with our partnerships in coffee. We intend to work directly with local producers to source, learn, and make the world a better place through a partnership with our farmers, staff, and community.

Moonrise Bakery

1805 Queen Anne Ave N #100, Seattle, WA 98109
Hours 7 am – 4 pm every day

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About Olympia Coffee: Olympia Coffee is a certified B-Corporation based in Olympia, Washington. The Pacific Northwest roaster’s mission statement is to “Improve the quality of life for farmers, staff, and customers.” Olympia Coffee sources 100% of its coffee directly from farmers and has won numerous awards including Micro Roaster of Year, America’s Best Espresso, the Northwest Barista Competition, and the Northwest Brewers Cup Competition. It is a three-time winner of the Good Food Award and ranks among the top three finalists in the U.S. Barista competition and the Coffee in Good Spirits Competition. Olympia Coffee is one of the most award-winning coffee companies in the state of Washington and has six retail locations in Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle.

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