Since 2021

We Are Ember


In 2021, what started as a passion project for husband and wife duo, Matthew and Elisa, in Big Lake, Minnesota, blossomed into Ember Coffee Company—a beacon of hospitality and commitment to quality.

Our simple invitation, "Taste and See," reflects not just the unique air roasting method we use—rare among less than 1% of coffee roasters—but also our approach to coffee: accessible, educational, and free from snobbery. This philosophy has driven Ember Coffee to win accolades such as Best Coffee and Best Coffeehouse in Minnesota by the Star Tribune in 2023, and recognition from coffee experts across Europe and the United States.

Ember Coffee Company stands out not only for its award-winning coffee but also for our ethical sourcing practices. We ensure that our beans are specialty grade, mold-free, fair trade, and often organic, sourced from farmers paid above a livable wage.

At Ember Coffee, we balance a commitment to consistency with a drive to innovate. Our staple offerings can be found at our Big Lake store and on our website, while our Roaster’s Choice features experimental batches from new regions and processing methods. This commitment to quality and exploration ensures a cup for everyone—from the coffee aficionado appreciating the nuanced flavors to the casual drinker seeking a pleasant daily brew.

Beyond coffee, we are deeply engaged in our community and committed to social change. A portion of our proceeds, especially from our Deliverance Blend, supports organizations fighting human trafficking. At Ember Coffee, we use "coffee for good" as a force to rescue and protect the marginalized and exploited, leveraging our superpower to bring beauty and positive impact to the world around us.

Better Beans

At Ember Coffee, we've combined our passion for exceptional quality with a commitment to ethical sourcing, crafting a coffee experience above the ordinary. We hand-select our beans and ethically source them from the finest coffee-producing regions around the globe.

Our approach not only supports sustainable farming practices but also makes a tangible impact, one sustainably sourced bean at a time. Our coffee that is not only rich in complex flavors but also notably smooth and low in acidity, ensuring a delightful taste that is as responsible as it is delicious.

Better Roast

Air roasting is a distinctive technique in the coffee world, utilized by just 1% of coffee roasters globally. Michael Sivetz, a chemical engineer turned coffee innovator, developed this method in the 1970s. Frustrated with the limitations of traditional roasting methods, he sought a more precise approach.

The mechanics of air roasting are as efficient as they are elegant. Coffee beans are gently floated on a cushion of hot air, ensuring an even and thorough roast. This method avoids the common issues of scorching or burning, prevalent in other roasting techniques. Crucially, it also removes the chaff from the beans, a critical step in preventing bitterness in the final brew.

Better Brew

Our coffee, renowned for its rich flavors and smooth, balanced taste, has not only captivated coffee enthusiasts but has also been embraced by award-winning restaurants and cozy, family-run eateries throughout Minnesota.

This recognition extends to our local community, highlighting the integral role coffee plays in dining experiences. We're also proud to announce that our dedication to quality has earned us the accolade of "Best Coffee" and "Best Coffeehouse" in Minneosta by Star Tribune.


We believe that specialty coffee novices and experts alike will find a coffee they love here.