If you want a special order of your favorite blend we will roast it Tuesday (and grind it if you like) and it will be ready to pick up Wednesday afternoon. We also have gift cards and an assortment of Red Leaf merchandise available.
In 2008, Red Leaf owners, Ray and Melissa Vandervalk, began a journey that would result in the area’s most popular locally-owned coffee house. It started as a simple espresso stand in Woodland. In order to boost business, they decided to remodel, turning the espresso stand into a double sided drive-through. With time and an innovative brand makeover, Red Leaf Organic Coffee began to grow.
The name Red Leaf Organic Coffee and the uniquely themed menu pays tribute to Melissa’s Canadian heritage. Drinks like the Rocky Mountain Mocha, the Maple Vanilla Latte, and the Gold Rush became popular favorites. A new fresh fruit smoothie line was introduced soon after.
Business was booming and in 2011, Red Leaf opened a second location on Main Street in Kelso. The sit-down café has a drive through and still offers their uniquely Canadian and Northwest themed drinks. Red Leaf’s menu has grown too. Gluten free treats and milk alternatives have been added to the menu to accommodate customer needs.
In addition to simply tasting good, Melissa’s goal was to make as much of the menu healthy and organic as possible. “I want to serve customers only what I’d serve my kids,” Melissa said. Red Leaf is proud to offer a variety of healthy options that can satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
The Kelso location includes a playroom for kids to enjoy while their parents relax with a drink. In exploring various coffee houses in the Northwest, Ray and Melissa noticed that while the adults had coffee and company to keep them entertained, kids had no place to play. Red Leaf now has its own playroom.
In their first year of operation, Red Leaf won the Reader’s Choice Award from the Daily News for the best coffee in the Kelso-Longview area. Red Leaf opened it’s third and fourth location in the Longview area. Red Leaf continues to grow, offering a truly unique and memorable coffee experience.
Our company is based on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best drink and service in the industry.
Woodland’s “R.E.D. Employee of the Month” for October is: Summer
Hometown: La Center, Washington
How long have you been with Red Leaf?: 2 years and 5 months
Current favorite drink: the Vital Cold brew Protein Shake
Current favorite food item: Gluten Free/Vegan Pina Colada Scone
Best thing about being a barista: Seeing the way customers light up when you remember their name & drink or check up on how they’ve been.
Name a customer you love to see and why: Trisha, a longtime regular who is always friendly and has the cutest bulldog!
Hopes and dreams: I hope to live my life in a way that always makes others feel important, and also to someday run my own coffee shop!
Longview’s “R.E.D. Employee of the Month” for October is: Taylor
Hometown: Sacramento, California
How long as a Red Leaf barista: 2 years this month
Current favorite drink: 12 oz iced 1 pump honey, 2 pump vanilla latte
Current favorite food item: banana nut nush cake or sausage potato strata
Best thing about being a barista: Being busy and seeing lots of people!
Name a customer you love to see and why: Clint – he always gets the same thing for him and his wife, and we have super genuine conversations about everyday things. I love when they come through!
Hopes and dreams: I dream of having a family and being a mom and I’ve been lucky enough to be doing that for a while now so I hope to continue that and maybe extend my family even more.
Kelso’s “R.E.D. Employee of the Month” for October is: Anna
Hometown: Toutle, Washington
How long as a Red Leaf barista: Just over 2 years.
Current favorite drink: Peach passion tea with a boost of energy
Current favorite food item: Ham Sandwich
Best thing about being a barista: Getting to meet so many new people, and make them great coffee!
Name a customer you love to see & why: immy. He’s always so happy, and really cares about us girls at Kelso. He always asks how our day is going, and how we are in general. He’s just the sweetest!
Hopes & Dreams: I want to become a radiology technician eventually, and to live happily with my husband, horses, dogs, and cats!
15th’s “R.E.D. Employee of the Month” for October is: Alexis
Hometown: Kelso, Washington
How long as a Red Leaf barista: 3 years previous, been back for 3 months
Current favorite drink: 16oz iced americano, 1/2sweet stevia Rocky Mountain White Mocha with peanut butter + extra extra ice
Current favorite food item: Energy bar
Best thing about being a barista: laughing, singing, dancing with my coworkers and building relationships with my customers
Name a customer you love to see & why: I love them all but I LOVE seeing Dave, Eric, Helen, Amanda.. they are all so personable and always positive and bubbly!
Hopes & Dreams: franchise a Red Leaf, hopefully in the near future!