About Us

Meet the Hammerhead Coffee Roasters

Mary Burwell and Scott Hartwich have been drinking, preparing, roasting, and selling coffee since 1989. They fell in love while working for the same large company (think mermaid), and moved on to open one of the first espresso carts in Portland, Oregon, as well as a successful coffee house. Hammerhead is the Bellingham-based culmination of this shared passion.
Mary and Scott run the company as a true, Mom and Pop business, and enjoy working with retail and wholesale customers who value substance over style, a down-to-earth and personal approach to customer service, and a commitment to sustainability and a healthy local community. Plus they design really wacky coffee labels.


Green fair trade, organic coffee beans. Photo by Andrea Holodnick

Hammerhead Coffee has been organic-certified since early 2016. As such, we choose to only bring in beans with organic certification via importers we trust: primarily Atlas Coffee Importers.  Whenever possible, we source Fair-Trade certified coffees, which allows us to work with cooperatives of small growers--Mom and Pop, if you will--as opposed to larger plantations.
We no longer obtain certification through Fairtrade USA, due to differences of opinion about what exactly Fair Trade means. We think the term should apply to cooperatives of small farmers, who need the cooperative system to get fair prices for the few bags of beans they grow each year; Fair Trade USA has expanded the definition to allow larger plantations to certify separately, a practice we simply don't agree with. Certifying as Fairtrade through the world Fairtrade body is not financially feasible at this time.
Always feel free to contact us directly about our sourcing process, or to request information abut a particular plantation or coop. We'll be glad to oblige.