Dorothea Coffee began in 2015 as a small roastery and weekend pour over bar in the downstairs of a rental home in the Central District of Seattle. This humble space allowed everyone who came through the door to drop their expectations, allowing owners Conor Mahoney and Ashley Sirls and the guests who visited to engage fully with the space, the coffee, and their neighbors. Conor fell in love with coffee and its power to bring people together when he was in high school, worked in coffee throughout college and now runs Dorothea’s day to day operations. Ashley works to keep Dorothea mission focused. Foremost an educator and doula, she is intently focused on Dorothea’s place in the community: a space where neighbors come together and strong relationships are built.