FONTÉ's story begins in 1992 in the Pacific Northwest coffee capital of the world — Seattle, WA. It was here that founder and owner Paul Odom followed his passion and started Fonté Coffee Roaster. Our name is Italian for source. We help coffee lovers brew the freshest cup of coffee.
HAND ROASTED. While serviceable methods of digital control exist for the roasting of coffee and offer attractive production efficiency, they have yet to demonstrate the ability to react to the nuances of varying coffee condition and character. Fonté achieves higher standards by hand roasting every batch. We take pride in roasting our specialty beans—not light, medium, or dark—but to the fullest flavor profile and expression.
FRESH ROASTED. Recognizing that coffee beans are perishable, we developed a signature roast program where Fonté ships freshly roasted coffee sealed in packaging with one-way freshness valves to ensure top quality at delivery.
UPTOWN ESPRESSO was established in Seattle in 1984 at the bottom of historic and swanky Queen Anne Hill. A pioneer in the emerging Seattle coffee scene, Uptown soon built an avid following of discerning coffee drinkers who discovered a remarkable experience. An experience made possible by expert baristas, a proprietary coffee roast, hand-made bakery treats, a cool and comfortable atmosphere, and something called Velvet Foam. After Dow Lucurell’s passing last July 2018, Paul Odom — Fonté Coffee Roaster owner — acquired Uptown Espresso. Today, with 6 locations throughout Seattle, Uptown Espresso continues a devotion that includes an attention to detail and commitment to quality.