Welcome to Mutt’s Coffee! We are a team of three: Mark, Jaclyn, and our dog Pokey. Here at Mutt’s, every bag tells a story: a Mutt’s story. We rotate our coffee bag labels every week and feature the story of a rescued dog from Winston County, AL. We work with this organization specifically because the work they do is absolutely critical. Without local resources like an animal shelter, they face some of the most staggering cases of animal neglect and abandonment in our country. There are so many incredible stories generated from their rescue work and here at Mutt’s Coffee, we use coffee as a medium to tell those stories. In addition to featuring a new rescue dog every week, we donate 25% of profits back to Free State Four Paws so they can continue to do the amazing work they do.
Starting in 2021, we will also be featuring stories from the adopter's community. At Mutt's Coffee, we aim to bring you stories from every angle of rescue work. A large piece of that are the stories about rescue dogs from the perspective of the families who adopt them. We are very excited about this segment and think that you too will really enjoy the inside look of how rescue dogs have gone on to change the lives of their families. If you would like to submit your story for a chance to become a Mutt's Coffee Featured Mutt, send us an email at .
Our master roaster and co-founder of Mutt’s, Mark Wilcox, is exceptionally talented when it comes to coffee. Each batch he roasts reflects a wisdom that can only be earned after devoting almost two decades to working in the coffee industry. Mark has worked with both Arabica and Robusta beans from various growing regions around the world. Mark also has exceptional knowledge crafting espresso drinks. He has taken world renowned classes through Water Avenue Coffee, competed in coffee making competitions, and has trained hundreds of new, aspiring baristas on how to make the perfect latte. Every bag of Mutt’s is a true product of Mark’s exceptional expertise and knowledge.
Mutt’s Coffee is made using 100% Arabica beans from popular growing regions like SE Asia, and Central and South America. With every coffee profile we create, we include origin, taste notes, and brewing recommendations. Mutt’s Coffee is roasted in Portland, OR, a city well known for some of the most quality coffee roasters in the world.
So whether you are here for the dogs, here for the coffee, or here for a little of both, we appreciate your business and hope that you will continue to be both a supporter and coffee drinker of Mutt’s Coffee.
CO-FOUNDER, HEAD ROASTER
As an avid black coffee drinker my whole life, I have always been on the search for new and interesting beans to drink, serve, and tell stories about. That is what got me into the specialty coffee business 20 years ago and kept me on that journey from barista to roaster over the decades. Now as the head roaster of Mutt’s Coffee, I have the opportunity to share some of those beans and stories with you as I discover them, and help save some dogs in the process.
My introduction to the coffee industry began in 2014 when I found myself wanting to trade in my full time job for something more flexible, while I finished my undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Portland State University.
I took a job as a barista at a local company and quickly worked my way up from barista to area manager, overseeing operations at multiple locations.
What I value about the coffee industry is that it’s fast paced and rapidly changing. Everything we think we know about coffee is always being challenged, forcing us to evolve our own understanding of the coffee world. If we are comfortable, we are probably doing something wrong.
My years of experience in the coffee industry has made me appreciate both the simplicity and complexity of a good cup of black coffee. A black coffee drinker myself, I’ve come to respect the talent that people like my partner Mark (our head roaster for Mutt’s) have when they can take a sip of coffee and make conclusions like, “I taste apricots and hints of chocolate.”
Though I aspire to one day have a comparable palate, for now, my talent lies with the behind the scenes production of Mutt’s. I also run two separate businesses: scArfs for Rigby and Rigby to the rescue R+ force free dog training, each one encompassing my passion and life’s mission of helping dogs.
Our dream is to one day operate a full scale dog rescue so each of these business endeavors will hopefully inch us closer and closer to making our big dog rescue dream a reality.
Hi there, I’m Pokey and I’m the face of Mutt’s Coffee. I’m only a little over a year old but have traveled through more states than some of you! I’m from Alabama and now live in Portland, OR with my mom, dad, Betsy, Rigby, and Fudge.
My rescue story started when I was discovered by some nice employees of a nearby business after they had seen me and my sister Elsa, scavenging for food. Some dog rescue folks eventually came out and trapped us and though we were terrified at the time, we had no idea that that would be the day our lives would change forever.
We were in bad shape and our amazing foster mom Ashley took excellent care of us, giving us rigorous baths with medicated shampoos to help us grow our fur back. When I was healed and ready, I caught my freedom ride out west and made a 2,500 mile journey to Oregon.
My mom met me at transport and I was carried straight off the bus and into her arms. She said she was just fostering me but I knew in time I would work a number on her heart and that I would become what the rescue people call a “foster fail.” My sister Elsa joined me about a month later since she had to stay behind and continue treatment. She went on to find her perfect family but I was already home.
I now spend my days championing for Mutt’s everywhere and I myself am what we call a “super mutt.” Am I a beagle? Am I a catahoula? No one really knows.... but one thing is for certain, I am the very best Mutt and am loved so, so much by my family. I sleep every night at the foot of my human’s bed and never have to worry about where my next meal will come from.
I feel very lucky because I know if the nice people at Free State Four Paws hadn’t saved me, I probably wouldn’t have made it. But because they gave a Mutt like me a chance, I am now a company ambassador for rescued Mutts everywhere. Because, Mutt’s RULE!