Ed Leebrick Took a Chance on Himself, and His Coffee
Well before the Seattle coffee experience expanded to almost every corner of the globe, Ed Leebrick decided to forgo working for the familiar coffee giants and set a course on his own star. That path led him to create Lighthouse Roasters, a small neighborhood shop that makes amazing specialty coffees.
"My experience with coffee was probably like many of us. Back then, it was institutional-brand coffee that was sort of ubiquitous. I wasn't interested until I started working with specialty coffees. Local is best, I've always thought, and I've managed to keep it that way."
It's the coffee that keeps them coming back
And once he started, Ed went at it full speed, and he's never really stopped. In fact, he still has his hands in the process every day, even covering shifts for employees on their days off and during vacations.
"I would definitely say that I am a hands-on kind of owner. I'm another employee and I really do see myself as that."
And after all of these years of running a successful business, how does Ed gauge that success?
"Another measure of success for me is customers who come back year-after-year. This has all been done by word of mouth. It's the coffee that keeps them coming back."
Based on the crowds of people who still file into Lighthouse Roasters on a daily basis, Ed's going to be making delicious specialty coffees for a very long time.