Before entering the roasting business, Steve was an extraction specialist. Although his background was in importing and manufacturing, he grew up with an appreciation for good coffee.
The shift into the coffee market came when Steve gave 600 pounds of coffee to The Bean Time Café. At the time, the Ladysmith café was roasting specialty coffee in a 5-pound roaster.
When Steve approached The Bean Time Café, they roasted a batch and loved it - as did the customers. Steve decided to take a leap and purchased a roaster in order to supply the café with the best coffee possible.
The roaster arrived in April 2009 and after months of restoration; the first beans were sold in September of the same year.
What really separates Gulf Islands Roasting Co from the pack is their vertical integration with a plantation in Thailand. Coffee is shipped directly from the family farm and roasted into each batch of coffee.
After humble beginnings, Gulf Islands Roasting Co. now supplies top
of the line coffee to stores and cafes across Vancouver Island and