Vintage Coffee Roasters and Legacy Blend Coffee

John Weaver, Master Coffee Roaster stares at flames inside 1905 Royal Coffee Roasterstares

John Weaver studies the flames inside his 1905 Royal Coffee Roaster

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Wild Card Roasters is an artisan coffee and tea company headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. John Weaver, their master coffee roaster loves to small batch roast his Legacy Blend Coffee on a Royal No.5 and a Probat vintage coffee roaster.

Fourteen years ago, a group of friends started Wild Card Roasters with a focus on creating exceptional coffee with impeccable quality and consistency using Fair Trade Certified coffee beans whenever possible. The first brand is named, Weaver’s Coffee & Tea after John Weaver, the company’s master roaster. Wild Card Roasters has a large Coffee Roastery with a branded Weaver's Coffee & Tea Cafe in front of the Coffee Roastery in San Rafael, California. Their website has over 200 interesting coffee blogs and tea blogs with a wealth of information on everything coffee and tea, including excellent tips, tricks and recipes. The website also offers 27 delectable coffees and 13 delicious teas available for purchase.


Hand roasting coffee on the Royal 5 Coffee Roaster

John Weaver roasts Legacy Blend Coffee on his 1905 Royal Coffee Roaster

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Combining a wealth of knowledge entrusted to him by his legendary mentors Alfred Peet and Sal Bonavita, and his own unique style, Weaver hand-roasts and crafts the rich, full-bodied Legacy Blend on his vintage coffee roasters.

“Years ago, I purchased Mr. Peet’s original Royal No.5 coffee roaster,” said John Weaver. “He founded Peet's Coffee in 1966 and was one of my mentors. I learned his unique insight as to how he learned to roast coffee in the Netherlands. The drum of the Royal No.5 coffee roaster is small and perforated, which allows the flames to directly touch the beans. By roasting small amounts of fifteen pounds at a time, using a combination of the Royal No.5 coffee roaster and my larger vintage Probat coffee roaster, I am able to marry the best of both worlds to hand-craft something most coffee drinkers have never experienced in the United States.” 

Over the last 14 years the company has focused on cultivating an innovative and continually expanding line of craft coffees and teas with an intense devotion to artfully roasting coffee beans. The brand, Weaver’s Coffee & Tea and the roastery, Wild Card Roasters was co-founded by Renee Brown, Michael Brown, John Weaver and Bryce Inouye. The team exudes an energy that is equal parts rebellion and business savvy mixed with an amazingly positive company culture. “Weaver’s Coffee & Tea is a highly differentiated brand with a high attachment to our loyal customer base,” said Renee Brown, vice president and co-founder of Wild Card Roasters. “We believe in quality, consistency and kindness and we produce and serve what many of our customers say is the best cup of coffee they’ve ever had.”

Coffee Tasting at Weaver's Coffee & Tea in San Francisco