Seeds Coffee Company began when a group of friends started roasting coffee in their kitchen using a Whirly Pop popcorn roaster. What originally started out as a hobby quickly developed into a passion for coffee, including a desire to learn as much as possible about the roasting process. Through trial and error, thorough online research and training sessions, they learned about detailed aspects of coffee, including sourcing, roasting, and tasting – always seeking out “a better cup.”

Our Shop

Located at 174 Oxmoor Road

Seeds Coffee is a Birmingham, AL coffee shop that is as lively and active as it is warm and welcoming. We believe in giving our customers hand-crafted coffee from the best coffee beans in the world – and believe that a cup of coffee isn’t just a cup of coffee. It’s also a piece of art.

From latte art, like hearts and our famous Seeds dragon, to artisan-crafted brews, Seeds has the rich coffee experience our customers have come to expect from their community coffee shop.

Our Brew Methods

Since part of the Seeds experience is the hand-crafted nature of our coffee, we utilize a variety of brew methods, including pour-over, chemex, and aeropress.

Pour-over coffee refers to the process where hot water is slowly and strategically poured over coffee beans to bring the best out of the beans and therefore enhance the flavor. Traditional coffee brewing devices (such as your kitchen coffee maker) simply are unable to replicate this process.

With the pour-over brew method, you get hand-controlled water pouring that currently cannot be replicated by a machine. By pouring with specialized method and form, you get maximum extraction of the cup (flavor, body, mouth feel, aftertaste, sweetness, etc.) and therefore better coffee.

Our Chemex coffee brewing process is very similar to our pour-over method. The primary difference is the filter. With the Chemex process, you get a thicker filter, which means that more is filtered from the beans. Furthermore, the result is often a cleaner cup, with the Chemex bringing out more of the high-fruit flavors, while the pour-over brings out more of the body and acidity. There is also slightly longer extraction with the Chemex brewing process.

The AeroPress process utilizes air pressure and a total immersion brewing process that results in uniform extraction, rich flavor, and low acidity. There are two types of filters that are typically used in the AeroPress process, small disc paper filters and thin metal filters. At Seeds, we use the small paper filters. This method essentially provides the same concentrated, full-immersion process as the French Press, but without the unwanted residue. In short, if you are looking for thick, robust, and flavorful coffee, then you may want to try the AeroPress brewing process.

Our Roaster

We opened the Homewood café on April 14, 2013 and recently upgraded to a new roaster – the Ambex 5 Kilo. At Seeds, we choose the roast that brings out the best flavor for the specific bean. Typically, our roasting style falles in the “medium roast” category. (Technically speaking, we tend to do a City+ roast).

Why does this matter? How you roast determines the entire environment of your café, including everything from your customer to shop decor. Furthermore, the way that you roast gives you control over a variety of things, including the flavor of the coffee.

Our search for exceptional coffee has led us around the world. With each cup is a story — from the farm to the customer.