We are a small batch roaster in South Lake Tahoe inspired by the beauty and adventure of life. We are passionate about sharing that inspiration with others through our unique roasting style that produces compelling, balanced, naturally sweet and nuanced coffees from sustainable farms all over the world.

At Refuge Coffee, we believe that coffee is meant to be an experience and an adventure–something that helps us savor life and get back out to live it to the fullest. With roots in South Lake Tahoe and a deep love for people, our mission is to share the beauty and adventure of life through our brand, and through excellent coffee.


We are amazed by variety. Variety makes life beautiful.

We thrive on finding coffees that have unique qualities and roasting them to highlight different elements of their personality. Our goal with each coffee that we roast is to bring out the virtues that we are most excited about and create a naturally sweet, wonderfully complex, and pleasingly balanced experience for your taste buds.

What differentiates our coffees from one another is not really their roast degree so much as their unique origin and flavor profile. Rather than roasting to provide pungent and bitter coffees, or eccentric acid-forward coffees, we hope to bring each coffee into its “sweet spot,” where we believe the coffee demonstrates its most beautiful array of flavor qualities. Some are hefty and full of chocolates, and some exhibit delicate, intoxicating floral aromas. Variety makes life beautiful–and in coffee, the varieties are literally endless.