We care about supporting ethical farming and human rights practices!
We are a coffee micro-roastery focused on providing fresh, quality coffee that is sustainably produced. Our philosophy behind every cup of coffee is - small is beautiful. That’s why we work closely with our suppliers to support, small artisanal farms. We use bio-compostable packaging, look for certified beans when available and never cut corners. Our products are produced with lots of love and integrity, every time! We know if we don't love it, you probably won't either. So, when you drink our coffee, rest assured we've done our research and taken the time to inspect all aspects of our product to meet your expectations. Passion is our number one ingredient!
We invite you to come, Get Roasted with us!
Nate Shuttleworth - Roaster
Born in Cambridge, England, raised in Melbourne, Australia and relocated to Chicago at the age of 16, Nate Shuttleworth began his culinary career working the delis of Chicago in 1995. After attending culinary school in California, Nate worked at several food and beverage establishments holding positions ranging from store GM to Sous Chef of a Michelin star rated restaurant and Executive Chef of other fine restuarants. From late 2007 to early 2009, Chef Nate spent 18 months studying the culinary scene in Melbourne, AUS. Melbourne is known internationally for its number of quality cafes and excellent coffee. It was here that Nate was inspired to return to the States and start planning for the opening of Keweenaw Coffee Works.
Nate has been roasting coffee for more than 7 years, approximately 4 years professionally. He is a proud member of the SCAA and the Roasters Guild. He is currently working towards his Roasters Guild Certification as part of the SCAA Roasters Pathway Program.
Valerie Baciak - Marketing and Operations
Born and raised in Iron Mountain, MI, Valerie has spent a lot of time in the Keweenaw, spending summers in Chassell and Calumet for family visits in her youth. In 2000, Valerie headed to Chicago, IL to attend school. During her time in Chicago, she worked in hospitality industry doing event planning. Even though her passion for food and beverage never left her, she joined the communications team at Brella Productions from 2009-2016 to help develop their sales operations. Valerie worked directly with both principles to make sure that all the moving parts are working to insure profitability and strong communication. Combining both her hospitality background and her operations experience, Valerie uses her skills to juggle all the moving parts of KCW behind the scenes.
When KCW isn't keeping her busy, Valerie enjoys cooking, reading, jewelry-making and yoga. She also enjoys long walks in North Woods with her coffee roastin’ husband and her 2 best friends, Jasmine and Orinoco.
When Valerie (a born Yooper) introduced Nate to the Upper Peninsula over 10 years ago, Nate was completely taken with the area’s beauty. After their wedding in 2012 at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor, already having developed their business plan for KCW, Nate and Valerie decided it was time to make the move north. They both enjoy living and thriving in the Keweenaw community.