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Alta OrganiC COFFEE & TEA


Organic, Fair-Trade Coffee and Tea

(831) 427-3373 / Santa Cruz, CA

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Alta OrganiC COFFEE & TEA


Organic, Fair-Trade Coffee and Tea

(831) 427-3373 / Santa Cruz, CA

Our Mission

At Alta we roast organically grown beans which are sustainably produced and harvested. We support organic coffee growers for the health and prosperity of those who work the land to bring our customers the very best, for the Earth and the people. We believe that coffee drinkers deserve clean, quality beans from growers who benefit from ideal working conditions and sustainable farming practices. 

We are providing coffee to our community and beyond. We started organic and continue our mission because it is our core belief that organic farming is best for our planet and all of it's inhabitants.

View our Seasonal Roasts

Organic 

Alta Organic Coffee & Tea is dedicated to supporting the farmers, the processors, the importers/exporters and all those who bring us the beans that make the best cup of coffee around. We adhere to the philosophy that coffee not only has to taste great, it has to be okay for the planet.

Air-Roasted

With  our Sivetz Roaster, we take notes on what works and what doesn’t. We roast, and then cup every variety of bean in order to insure our customers are getting the right roast for each region’s subtle needs. We create blends that round out the flavors and depth of many regions.

Read more about our Sivetz Roaster here!

Coffee of the people

Alta Coffee is the “Coffee of the People.” Every organic coffee bean you get from us is guaranteed to be roasted with care and attention, and ready to brew into the kind of flavor that coffee was meant to have; rich, strong, robust, and delicious!

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Meet the Team


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Meet the Team


PATTI SPOONER

FOUNDER, 1983

Patti's passion is in the business she has grown for over 3 decades.  She believes we as consumers must stay conscious of our purchases. She has focused on the impact monoculture farming has had on coffee communities, and vows to support small organic farming to bring good coffee

Read the Q & A with Patti here.

Josh Nermon

OFFICE MANAGER

Josh believes in the power of community, organization, and working towards one's passions in life. Originally a Southern California native, Josh has spent the past decade exploring the United States and various parts of California with a focus of engaging the music and artisan community. Organization, a sense of community, and equality continue to be at the forefront of Josh's mission in and outside of the workplace. Josh believes that the best music, coffee, and art are all a result of taking your time and putting your heart and soul into what you're working on. When not at work, Josh can be found playing piano at a local bar or hanging from a hammock deep in the woods. 

Patricia Poritzky

General Manager

Patricia is passionate about great coffee, food, wine, and family and friends. She believes life is better when you are doing something you love. She is thrilled to be working within a company and community that is in alignment with her passions and values. Patricia has extensive experience in the restaurant and service industry and is a wonderful chef and organizer. 

Nina Monroy

coffee roaster

Born of Columbian parents, Nina grew up throughout Latin America and finished high school in Costa Rica. She stumbled into the coffee world while she was attending City College in San Francisco and was hired as a barista by an independent cafe in Oakland. Having recently graduated from UCSC with a combined major in Latin American & Latino Studies and Political Science, Nina is concerned with helping develop the ethical & sustainable production and consumption of coffee. She continues her devotion to coffee and her studies as one of Alta's newest roasters. 

ROB
ARMENTI

HEAD ROASTER

Rob hails all the way from the East Coast where flavor is everything. His dedication to quality and attention to detail lends our product special promise. Rob believes that coffee should be organic, roasted in small batches and brewed strong. When he's not roasting, Rob is often found with a guitar in hand and his dog at his side.  

alec Exton-Lem

COFFEE ROASTER

Alec has been a Santa Cruz native his entire life and attended PSC and UCSC. He's excited to help spread our local and sustainable coffee to our small beach community and beyond. Alec believes a strong, close-knit community helps everyone thrive and live up to their potential. He contributes to our local community by coaching a local recreational lacrosse league.