Mt. Hood Roasters is wonderful example of experiential tourism and combines elements of historical, cultural, agricultural and culinary tourism. Mt. Hood Roasters offers daily tours and coffee roasting opportunities – in 45 minutes, guests know more about coffee than 99.9% of the world and get to enjoy several “hands-on” experiences. The tour includes lessons on the world’s second most traded commodity, product sustainability practices, discussions on local vs. organic foods, the story of coffee from green beans to the cup, coffee roasting demonstrations and, because of the unique location… Oregon pioneer history. The location of the facility near an important Oregon pioneer cut-off trail allows the tour leader an opportunity to weave local geography and historical notes into the tour.
Owned by the Applegates, a respected Oregon pioneer family name, the facility is located adjacent to the Barlow Trail. The compound hosts the roasting facility, the family home built in 1926 and a cottage. Bringing together home, roasting facility and guest lodging on one property is unique. There are no other known coffee companies like this in Oregon.