The "Third Wave Coffee" Revolution is a shift towards coffee as an artisanal food product, rather than a commodity. At The Pie Hole, we drink coffee throughout the day, every single day, and we are passionate about how it tastes, where it came from, how it is made, and how we present it.

The Pie Hole is positioned as the accessible third wave coffee option. We offer premium, artisanal quality coffee, in an environment that is non-elitist and welcome to all. Our customers frequently joke that they have ‘graduated’ from Starbucks.
— Co-Founder, Sean Brennan

What is Third Wave Coffee?

First Wave Coffee: In the 1960s, Folgers broke into American culture with mass-marketed American coffee.
Second Wave Coffee: Starbucks was founded in 1971, and began rapidly growing in the early 90's with a goal, selling specialty coffees in a cozy retail format they famously refer to as a "third place between work and home." In 2014, there were 21,366 Starbucks locations around the world.
Third Wave Coffee: A third wave of coffee is now on the rise, with a concentration on higher-quality coffee and the culinary appreciation of coffee. Distinctive qualities of the Third Wave Coffee movement include the importance of the origin of the coffee, fair trade practices, organic production, strong relationships with coffee growers and traders, and skilled preparation processes.

What is Fair Trade Organic Coffee?

The Pie Hole takes pride in not only providing an exceptional product, but also in ensuring we do everything possible to support the environment. Fair Trade is a voluntary program utilized by coffee importers and food companies to create an alternative market for traditionally disadvantaged producers in developing countries, usually small scale farmers. Organic coffee is produced without the aid of artificial chemical substances, such as certain additives or some pesticides and herbicides.

What is Co-Op Farm Coffee?

Cafe Feminino: Being Fair Trade they are also paid a premium as well. These coffees come from farms that are run by all women who are responsible for taking care of their families and homes, the maintenance and upkeep of the animals and gardens on the farm, as well as the coffee growing and production. The Café Femenino Coffee Project is a social program for women coffee producers in rural communities around the world. More than 1,500 women in Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru are active in the project to achieve empowerment, build social and support networks, and earn incomes through the production and sale of the Café Femenino Coffee.