Chuck Patton started roasting coffee in 2001 with a DIY home coffee roaster, a fateful gift from his wife, Elke. Soon after experimenting at home, he turned his new hobby into a small business selling his coffee at farmers markets, home deliveries and at a small kiosk.

A few years later, Chuck made the bold move to open a retail shop on La Jolla Boulevard directly across the street from a Starbucks, and the first Bird Rock Coffee Roasters retail location was born.

Chuck was the first coffee business owner in San Diego to introduce direct trade coffee, valuing the quality and farmer relationships above all and helped shape the ways in which these growers were compensated internationally. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters expanded to three locations in San Diego and received numerous local and national awards under Chuck’s leadership. These awards including Micro Roaster of the Year in 2012, Good Food Award winner for 2016 + 2017, top 40 coffee shops in the United States, gold and silver awards for roasting, and the number one coffee in an international competition of “The Best 30 Coffees of 2016.”

In early 2017, Chuck sold Bird Rock Coffee Roasters to Jeff Taylor and partners from PT’s coffee. As Head Coffee Buyer for both Bird Rock Coffee Roasters and PT’s Coffee he will continue to do what he loves best, find us the best coffees in the world.